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Identifying Moths and Butterflies

  • NON-RESIDENT: £195

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.

Bursaries are available for this course. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

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

Accreditation: This course is part of the University Certificate in Biological Recording run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on 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 the

Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),
The Gateway,

Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: bio.rec@mmu.ac.uk

For more information about the course please visit the MMU website: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording/ The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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