An Introduction to Leaf-Mining Moths
- Location: Preston Montford
- Tutor: Dave Grundy
- Dates : Friday 08 September 2017 to Sunday 10 September 2017
- Level: Open for Everyone
- RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £275
- RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £250
- NON-RESIDENT: £190
The course is aimed at total beginners wishing to study leaf-mining moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge of the group, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you. There will be talks and hand-outs on how to identify this group of moths and the grounds of Preston Montford will be explored by participants to search for leaf-mines on trees and other plants. Preston Montford is ideally situated for this as there is such a wide variety of tree species close by; this will help you work through the defining features of leaf-mines and the characteristic patterns they make in leaves. Possibly the most important part of the course will be the hands-on identification of leaf-mines with assistance from the tutor, other participants and hand-outs provided. Though not the main part of the course, moth-traps will also be run in the grounds to show other interesting moth species from this exciting site. The precise order of the programme will be flexible to fit in with weather conditions and participants’ needs.
You may also be interested in the ‘Identifying Micro Moths’ course at Slapton Ley FSC Centre from 4th to 7th August (run by the same tutor) which complements this course perfectly.
Dave Grundy is an experienced naturalist and wildlife consultant specialising in bird, butterfly and moth surveying. He has a particular interest in leaf-mining moths and regularly leads training courses throughout the UK with both beginners and more advanced participants. Subjects for training courses he runs elsewhere include: micro moths, leaf-miners, beginners’ introduction to moth-trapping and habitat based courses studying moths of woodland, wetland and grassland etc. He also carries out professional moth and butterfly surveys averaging over 90 nights per year in the field giving him the essential background field knowledge for moth identification.
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