Comprising over 2 thousand different species in Great Britain, butterflies and moths play a vital role in our ecosystem.

This course will highlight their beauty and diversity and introduce you to a selection of local species, providing information and assisting with identification. We will begin with a basic introduction to the ecology of Lepidoptera, highlighting survival strategies including camouflage and mimicry. This will be supplemented with field techniques, light trapping methods and species identification.

The course will include:

  • An introduction to butterflies and moths and the role they play in the ecosystem.
  • Field visit to study the ecology of local species and habitats.
  • Monitoring of moths and light sampling techniques.
  • Practical workshops to sharpen identification skills.

Some of the field sessions may be on uneven ground. The walks will be less than 2 miles, so a basic level of fitness is required.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 8 and 16 participants.

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

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.

Please note, the fee is for tuition and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at FSC Preston Montford, please email [email protected]

Example Timetable

Friday:

We will begin with a classroom-based introduction to the species. We will then set up light traps.

Saturday:
We will begin with inspecting the light traps, followed by a field visit and an identification workshop on butterflies.

Sunday:
We will begin with inspecting the light traps, followed by an identification workshop on moths.

 

If you have booked accommodation at the centre, please arrive between 17:00pm and 17:45pm on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before the course begins

If you are a non-resident, please arrive by 17:45pm on Friday and 9:45am Saturday and Sunday.

The course will end at 16:00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9:30am.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Up to 8 hours of tuition a day.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources and facilities including workrooms and the Centre grounds.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Before You Attend

What to Bring:

  • Warm clothes and a torch for evening studies.
  • Any identification books you may own.
  • 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.
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