Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

This course introduces the subject of butterflies and moths in a practical and enjoyable way and will include:

  • An introduction to the differences between butterflies and moths and their classification.
  • Helpful identification hints for the commoner species.
  • A study of the scarce moths found in Yorkshire with illustrated slide shows.
  • Help and advice on ways of observing and recording Lepidoptera.
  • Expeditions to special habitats.

Yorkshire is one of the most interesting counties in Britain for lepidoptera where 606 macro moth species have been recorded over the last 100 years, many of which are nationally scarce. The unique diversity of habitats such as moorland, limestone grassland, deciduous woodland, fens, mosses and wetlands contribute to an interesting list of species.

Each year this course has proved successful with a diverse range of species recorded, including one rare migrant in 1999 that had not been sighted in Yorkshire for 100 years!

Electric observation lights will be operated in the Centre grounds to attract the local July moth specialities. Many rare and interesting northern species breed at Malham Tarn such as The Red Carpet, Welsh Wave, Fen Square-spot, Gold Spangle, Haworth’s Minor and Large Ear. A visit will be made to Arnside Knott in Lancashire to study the High Brown Fritillary at this its most northerly site and Scotch Argus at its most southerly in the British Isles. Other grassland specialities could include Northern Brown Argus and Grayling. There will also be a visit to Meathop Moss to see day-flying moths such as Manchester Treble-bar, Bordered Grey and possibly the Large Heath butterfly. Nearby Witherslack Woodlands have populations of Silver Washed Fritillary and High Brown Fritillary.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 4 and 16 participants.

Tutor: David Brown

David Brown is the Warwickshire County Recorder for Lepidoptera and the author of The Larger Moths of Warwickshire. He has led courses at FSC Centres over a number of years. A lecturer at Birmingham and Warwick Universities Extramural and Open Studies departments for the past 20 years, he is an active field entomologist.

Example Timetable

Please arrive between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before evening meal which is usually around 6.00pm.

The course will begin formally after dinner with an introduction to the Centre.

If you are non-resident, please arrive by 5.45pm.

The course will end at 3.00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9.30am.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance
  • Up to 9 hours of tuition a day.
  • Full board accommodation including a cooked breakfast*, packed lunch, home-made cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary options are available on request.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources including library, workrooms and the centre grounds.
  • Centre organised transport during the course and most admission fees.
    *Non-resident course fees include all of the above except breakfast and accommodation.

Before You Attend

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothes and a torch for evening studies
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers *
  • Walking boots, wellington boots *
  • Warm clothing, hat, scarf, gloves, thick socks
  • Small rucksack, flask / water bottle
  • Packed lunch container
  • Sun cream, insect repellent
    *These items can be borrowed at the Centre

Recommended Reading:
Chris Manley British Moths and Butterflies - A Photographic Guide
Roy Leverton Enjoying Moths
Bernard Skinner Colour Identification Guide to the Moths of Great Britain
P Waring, M Townend Concise Field Guide to Moths of the British Isles
Richard Lewington Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland.