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    Richard Astle

    Chair, Langdyke Countryside Trust

    Four-spotted Moth The Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa

    Why did you choose this species?

    The four spotted moth appears in my garden trap once or twice a year, but also appears regularly on the Langdyke Countryside Trust’s nature reserves near Peterborough.  It’s a lovely moth and its relative scarcity makes it even more exciting when it turns up!

    What are the threats that it faces?

    Habitat loss.  It seems to like the linear habitats created along the railways lines north of Peterborough. The Langdyke Countryside Trust is working with Butterfly Conservation to create more habitats that it can expand into from these core sites.

    What can we do to help this species and others like it?

    I think everyone can do their bit to help nature recover.  Langdyke’s 8th Nature Reserve is one great way to help make a difference! https://langdyke.org.uk/the-eighth-reserve/

    What are your wider interests in nature?

    I am chair of the Langdyke Countryside Trust, a charity dedicated to helping nature recover across the countryside west and north of Peterborough.  The Trust runs seven nature reserves and has over 200 members.

    Where is your favourite place for enjoying nature?

    I think it is Etton Maxey Pits, near Peterborough.  A nature reserve created following gravel extraction, full of nature, including nesting lapwing and redshank, thousands of pyramidal orchids and a regional haven for turtle doves.

    What are your top tips for helping wildlife?

    Take small steps.  Manage your garden for wildlife.  Join a local wildlife group.  Support NatureSpot!