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Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping (Greenwich Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Tim Harris
  • Dates: Saturday 09 June 2018 to Sunday 10 June 2018
  • Times: 19:30 - 22:00 (Day 1); 07:00 - 11:00 (Day 2)
  • Level: Open for Everyone

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

Course Details

Participants will be given an introduction to moth life-cycles and lifestyles. Around dusk, you will help set up a light-trap, in Greenwich Park and watch it in action, before returning the following morning to examine the catch. Advice will be given on the identification of the moths caught the previous night (this is an evening and morning course).

Course fee includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Day flying Moths ID guide.

About the Tutor

Tim Harris has been a keen naturalist since childhood and has written many books and articles about birds, invertebrates and bats for publishers including National Geographic, Bloomsbury, the RSPB and BBC Wildlife. Tim has a particular interests in Britain's moths and butterflies and runs several moth traps near his London home.


Day 1

  • 1900 Registration
  • 1930 Welcome, Health and Safety
  • 1940 Introduction - moth lifecycles, and lifestyles. Introduction to identification
  • 2015 Setting up the moth traps
  • 2200 End of Day 1

Day 2

  • 0700 Welcome
  • 0715 Opening the moth trap. Identification of species caught.
  • 1045 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 1100 Course finishes

Disclaimer: All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to bring:

  • Lunch and plenty to drink
  • Suitable clothing & footwear
  • waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items

Health and Safety

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Meeting point / Location:

The Wildlife Centre, Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park.   https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/greenwich-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

FSC in Greenwich Park

FSC has been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Greenwich Park, our education Centre has one classroom, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is a small area of the Park for education use, not usually open to members of the public, with a small woodland areas, nature trail and two ponds. Most of our courses use sites across the Park allowing you to experience the diversity of habitats in this stunning Park. Greenwich Park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College. The most historic of all Royal Parks, Greenwich Park dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1433. From the statue of General Wolfe the park offers imperious views across the River Thames all the way to St. Pauls Cathedral.

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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