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.
The course will instruct moth identification and ecology of the area through slide presentations. This will help you work through the defining features of both micro and macro moths and particularly identifying their families. Possibly the most important part of the course will be the hands on identification of live moths by participants, with assistance from the tutor, other participants and books provided.
A series of moth traps will be set up on all three nights of the course in a variety of habitats near the centre; each morning will be spent going through the traps to collect moths ready for the afternoon identification session.
There will also be slide shows of instruction on identification in readiness for your afternoon of practical identification of live moths.
With all moths caught, where possible, time will be allowed for participants to photograph them at the end of each day of the course.
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.
Before You Attend
Start and finish times
This course officially starts at 6.00pm on the Friday with dinner and registration. Coffee and cake available from 4pm onwards. Breakfast will be at 8am; Lunch will be a packed lunch. The course will end on Monday at 4:00pm.
What to bring
- Any personal moth books and in particular Sterling, Parsons and Lewington – Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland and Waring, Townsend and Lewington – Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland if possible – which will be the main reference books used on the course
- Any other moth field guides you might have
- Hand lens & note book
- Torch and outdoor clothes, as we may visit the moth traps in the evening and following morning and look for day-flying moths depending on weather conditions (but the course will be primarily classroom based)
- Lunchbox and drinks bottle/ flask
The Tutor will also provide a variety of other moth identification books for reference during the course.