Chalk Grassland Moths of the Surrey Downs
- Location: Juniper Hall
- Tutor: Dave Grundy
- Dates: Friday 27 July 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018
- Level: Open for Everyone
- RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £240
- RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £220
- NON-RESIDENT: £180
This new course will be based at Juniper Hall, which nestles in a valley of the North Downs close to Box Hill, with a backdrop of woodland and rolling chalk grassland habitats. The centre is ideally situated for trapping moths of this habitat. It is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about identifying moths from chalk and limestone grassland habitats. Their ecology and habitat needs will also be discussed, particularly looking at what makes these habitats important to a specialist group of moth species. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you. Moth traps will be run each night of the course in nearby chalk grassland habitats of the North Downs, so that participants will get the chance to identify and study these species up close.
Dave Grundy is an experienced naturalist and wildlife consultant specialising in bird, butterfly and moth surveying. He has a particular interest in moths from these habitats having studied them extensively in limestone grassland habitats of the Cotswolds, Peak District, the Burren and other areas across Britain and Ireland. Until 2013 he organised and administered the Garden Moth Scheme, which now covers over 300 gardens across Britain and Ireland. The scheme monitors changes in the fortunes of common moth species and uses the data as indicators of environmental change.
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