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Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping (Greenwich Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Tim Harris
  • Dates: Saturday 08 June 2019 to Sunday 09 June 2019
  • Level: Beginners

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 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).

Fee includes a copy of FSC foldout chart: Day flying Moths ID guide.

Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.

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

  • 19:00 Registration
  • 19:30 Welcome, Health and Safety
  • 19:40 Introduction - moth lifecycles, and lifestyles. Introduction to identification
  • 20:15 Setting up the moth traps
  • 22:00 End of day 1

Day 2 

  • 07:00 Welcome
  • 07:15 Opening the moth trap. Identification of species caught.
  • 10:45 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 11:00 Course finishes

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 & Accessibility

  • 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.
  • Our courses included some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground

Meeting point / Location

The Wildlife Centre, Blackheath Gate, Greenwich Park.

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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