I have never been to Slade Woods and have never seen its special micros - Anania funebris, Ethmia dodecea and Eucosma aspidiscana - anywhere. After a day working at the computer I thought it was time to correct these omissions and headed down to this significant moth hotspot. Now I have been to Slade Woods, but I still haven't seen any of its special micros! Luckily there were other things to see, especially in the quarry - Pancalia leuwenhoekella (photo, with white antenna bands to contrast with the other day's P. schwartzella), Heliozela hammoniella around birches, the brightly coloured Tortricid Lobesia reliquana (photo), Olindia schumacheriana and best of all Elachista gangabella (photo) new for Monmouthshire. The Elachista was swept from a ride verge, but sweeping was otherwise rather unproductive and the majority of the micros that I encountered were netted in flight.
There are still loads of Micros that have been recorded in adjacent counties but not in VC35, and diurnal searching is an enjoyable way to find new things.