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Identifying Moths and Butterflies

  • NON-RESIDENT: £174

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

Thank you for your interest in this course. There are places still available on the course but unfortunately the accommodation in the Centre is now fully booked. If you would consider attending as a non-resident, staying in a local B&B, please follow to this link for a list of local B&Bs in the Flatford area. If one of the providers has availability for you, please contact us to reserve your place on the course and then confirm with the B&B.


A weekend introducing the identification and natural history of perhaps the most visually appealing of all insect groups. Only live viewing techniques are used: light traps and sugaring for moths and sweep nets for butterflies. We will discuss the benefits of the different trapping methods and the different types of light trap.

Working through the moth catch in the morning is complemented by afternoon excursions to look for and identify butterflies on the wing. Local butterfly species include silver washed fritillary, white admiral and purple hairstreak and the larger moths include poplar, privet, pine and elephant hawk moths.

The content is also appropriate for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Sheila Wright is a County wildlife recorder for Nottinghamshire with a long-standing interest in moths and butterflies.



This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).  There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.  Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. To gain University Credits you must register in advance.

To do this, please contact Emma Hopkisson at the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB
Telephone:      01743 355137
E-mail:            E.Hopkisson@mmu.ac.uk

For more information about the course please visit the MMU website.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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