With about 2,500 species in the UK, moths exhibit an extraordinary variety of form, coloration and lifestyle. This beginner-intermediate course will – quite literally – shine a light on this insect order and provide you with the confidence to take up moth-trapping yourself!

Some moth species are extremely localised, and sedentary, while others are long-distance migrants to our shores. This in itself makes them fascinating subjects to study.
Because they are such key elements of most terrestrial ecosystems, it is important to study the ups and downs of individual species’ fortunes. The single best way to do this is by running light-traps, to which the insects are attracted, sometimes in large numbers. Moths are one of those groups of organisms for which ‘citizen science’ really can make a difference.

The course will involve a mixture of classroom learning, practical work involving setting up moth traps, and the identification of moths attracted to the traps.

Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tutor: Tim Harris

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 interest in Britain's moths and butterflies and runs several moth traps near his London home.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.