Hi Folks from the midge forecast team. Let me say I was the most shocked person when I read the x800 headline in the papers yesterday as we had said no such thing to the journalists.
Currently we think midge numbers may be up at the start of the year but it would be impossible for Scotland to have 800 times more midges as some areas are already at saturation point.
The figure was derived from our data of 20,000 midges to be trapped on an average night at our test site, however at peak periods during the season we can catch up to 16 million midges per night. A good start to the season means it is more likely that peak numbers will occur in more places - but that is normal for each year.
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