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An Introduction to Moths and Butterflies

  • Location: Slapton Ley
  • Tutor: Martin Harvey
  • Dates: Friday 28 July 2017 to Monday 31 July 2017
  • Times: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £250

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Slapton is an ideal location for the study of butterflies and moths. The wide variety of habitats – woodland, reedbed, maritime grassland and coastal cliffs – will allow us to find a wide range of species. With luck we will see some of the most attractive moths and butterflies in a range of beautiful locations. Butterflies and moths are beautiful and fascinating creatures, and good indicators of the health of the environment. This course will appeal to anyone wishing to know more about them, and will cover how to identify the different species, their varied life-cycles and natural history, and how to help record and conserve them. We will spend the evenings looking for moths, with identification of the catch in the morning, followed by field trips to various habitats. Classroom talks and activities will cover the wider aspects of ecology, conservation and recording. The course is suitable for beginners and for those wishing to develop their skills.

Martin Harvey tutors regularly for FSC and for Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an ecologist specialising in insect conservation and recording, carrying out entomological surveys, and is a Research Fellow at the Biological Records Centre. Martin has been recording butterflies and moths since the age of 11, and since 1995 has been the County Moth Recorder for Berkshire.

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