Following the publication of the excellent new field guide by Sterling, Parsons and Lewington, interest in micro moths is on the increase. This long weekend is aimed at anyone familiar with macro moth species, who would now like expert help with the identification of micros.
It is aimed at total beginners as well as people with more advanced knowledge of micro-moths – whatever your skill level we hope to stretch you. With expert guidance, we will help you recognise the defining features of micro-moths and identify them to family level. We will set light traps each night in a variety of habitats to give us a good range of live specimens to work with.
This course is eligible for the Suffolk Recording 2020 bursary. Please contact the centre directly to apply.
Tutor: Dave GrundyDave Grundy is an experienced naturalist and wildlife consultant specialising in bird, butterfly and moth surveying. He has a particular interest in micro moths and regularly leads training courses and public events in this Lepidoptera group, as well as in other natural history subjects Since 2003 he has organised and administered the Garden Moth Scheme, which now covers over 300 gardens across Britain and Ireland. The scheme monitors changes in the fortunes of common moth species and uses the data as indicators of environmental change.
Bring a friend!
If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.
Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.
A daily itinerary for the course is difficult to predict in advance as we will be dependent on the weather conditions for trapping and the moths trapped each night as to which groups we study.
Within a short distance of the field centre there is an excellent diversity of wildlife habitats from wetland to woodland and wildflower meadows. This diversity means that this venue is possibly the best the tutor visits for diversity of micro-moth species, which will give the greatest possibility for learning about how to identify families and species of live moths.
However the planned programme will be to check through moth traps first then to show slide presentations each morning, highlighting identification features of micro-moth families, then spend each afternoon identifying live moths using available field guides, and handouts with the help of the tutor.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- Casual warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
- Stout shoes or boots
- Sunglasses, sun hat and sun lotion
- Small haversack or day bag
- Camera if you wish
- Lunchbox and drinks bottle / flask
- Laptop, tablet or mobile phone if this helps you to look up moth ID on the internet, wifi will be available in the classroom
- Hand lenses, notebook, moth-collecting pots and moth / butterfly net (if you have them)
- Torch, as we may visit the moths traps in the evening
- Insect repellent is recommended for evening visits to the moth traps
- Any personal moth books and in particular, Sterling, Parson and Lewington – Field Guide to Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland if possible – this will be the main reference book used on this course
- Any other micro moth field guide you might have such as Manley – British Moths – Second Edition
- The Tutor will also provide a variety of other moth identification books for reference during the course.