On Thursday, walking through a buttercup meadow near Battle, we noticed many of the flowers were covered in tiny insects -flies ?- no; on close inspection these proved to be very small moths. These were Micropterix calthella , one of our smallest moths with a wing length of just 3.5 mm [M. aruncella is even smaller, 2.5 mm].
I've never noticed these before, although they are common. As I am not doing any trapping in Hastings Country Park NR this year, I am keeping an eye out for day flying moths instead, and decided to look for M. calthella on buttercups yesterday morning, while doing some bird census work. Despite the early hour I found a few on on some buttercups at the top of Warren Glen, and also saw the longhorn moth Adela reamurella sunning itself on a bramble bush. This is also common, but on consulting the records, neither of these have been formally recorded in HCPNR since the early 90's.
I was also pleased to see 2 fledged young Ravens on East Hill cliffs.