THE discovery of a Clifden Nonpareil moth near Conwy, the first in North Wales, has caused a stir among naturalists.

This moth was caught at the Penysychnant conservation centre, and is an example of a species environmentalists yearns to see.

Julian Thompson of the centre said: “This is an impressive moth, indeed its name is French for ‘without equal or unsurpassed’. It has caused quite a stir amongst the local naturalists, with many coming to see it at Pensychnant. It is an immigrant, probably from Eastern Europe. It has never before been recorded in North Wales.”

He explained there are certain species which everyone yearns to see, but never does, and the Clifden Nonpareil is one of those.

Pensychnant conservation centre is a 150 acre Victorian Estate which nestles just below the summit of the Sychnant Pass, south of Conwy. It abounds with diverse wildlife, both common and rare, in ancient and Victorian woodlands and heathland. The centre is n eminently tranquil and perfect to enjoy and appreciate nature.