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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Butterflies and Moths

  • Location:  Malham Tarn
  • Tutor:  David Brown
  • Dates : Monday 17 July 2017 to Thursday 20 July 2017
  • Times: 16:00 - 15:00
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £230

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

This course introduces the subject of butterflies and moths in a practical and enjoyable way and will include: - An introduction to the differences between butterflies and moths and their classification - Helpful identification hints for the commoner species - A study of the scarce moths found in Yorkshire with illustrated slide shows - Help and advice on ways of observing and recording Lepidoptera - Expeditions to special habitats Yorkshire is one of the most interesting counties in Britain for Lepidoptera where 606 macro moth species have been recorded over the last 100 years, many of which are Nationally Scarce. The unique diversity of habitats such as moorland, limestone grassland, deciduous woodland, fens, mosses and wetlands contribute to an interesting list of species. Each year this course has proved successful with a diverse range of species recorded, including one rare migrant in 1999 that had not been sighted in Yorkshire for 100 years! Electric observation lights will be operated in the Centre grounds to attract the local July moth specialities. Many rare and interesting northern species breed at Malham Tarn such as The Red Carpet, Welsh Wave, Fen Square-spot, Gold Spangle, Haworth's Minor and Large Ear. A visit will be made to Arnside Knott in Lancashire to study the High Brown Fritillary at its most northerly, along with Graylings and other grassland species. There will also be a visit to Meathop Moss to see day-flying moths such as Manchester Treble Bar, Bordered Grey and possibly the Large Heath butterfly. Nearby Witherslack Woodlands have populations of Silver Washed Fritillary and High Brown Fritillary.


David Brown, the Warwickshire county recorder for Lepidoptera and author of ‘The Larger Moths of Warwickshire’, has led successful courses at Malham Tarn over a number of years. A lecturer at Birmingham and Warwick Universities' Extramural and Open Studies departments for the past 25 years, he is an active field entomologist, co-operating with Natural England, Forest Enterprise and numerous Naturalist Trusts.


We are currently accepting non-resident bookings only for this course. There is a wealth of alternative accommodation provided locally; please click here for more details. If accommodation space becomes available for this course, we will inform all non-resident bookers immediately and update the course page.

Non-resident course attendees are provided with all meals and refreshments throughout the course with the exception of breakfast. Your course day may commence from 9am and evening sessions may continue until approximately 9pm.

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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