Join staff from Butterfly Conservation, Buglife and the IFLI team for fun survey day looking for the rare Bog sun-jumper spider (Heliophanus dampfi) at Butterfly Conservation’s Wester Moss reserve (http://butterfly-conservation.org/311-1955/wester-moss-stirling.html), by Fallin, near Stirling. These cute wee jumping spiders are only found on a few lowland raised bogs around Stirling and a single site in Wales. We’ll be checking how widespread the species is at Wester Moss, and will also be recording other wildlife including another bog-specialist, the Large Heath butterfly (Coenonmypha tullia), which may still be flying.
Bring a notebook and pen, packed lunch, suitable clothing and sturdy waterproof boots. This site has sections of standing water, bog and is uneven throughout.
Please note that there are no toilets at this site.
Meet at the Fallin mining museum carpark at 10am. We suggest that you park carefully on surrounding residential roads. There is plenty of free parking around Fallin within a 5-10 minute walk of the meeting spot.
You do not need to book in advance for this session, but you can let us know to expect you by contacting Kate Fuller or Lizzy Cairns from the IFLI team on 01324 831 568.
Photo: Bog sun-jumper spider, Chris Cathrine, Caledonian Conservation.