Moths and Butterflies Course (Two-day non-residential)
Date: 4th/5th June 2022
Who is the course for:
The course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about moths and butterflies. Suitable for both beginners and those with previous experience. Please note the terrain on the nature reserves can be steep, uneven and slippery when wet.
Course content outline:
Day 1 – The course will start in the Thames Hall with an introduction to Lepidoptera. Inspection of moth traps set out the previous evening, a local walk to North Meadow NNR to look at the resident butterflies, finishing day 1 at the Thames Hall for a roundup and refreshments.
Day 2 – Inspection of moth traps, field trip by minibus to Edge common NNR and Daneway Banks NR to look for calcareous grassland butterfly species. Return to Cricklade for course analysis, results and conclusions.
Your Tutor: David Brown
David Brown has enjoyed a life–long passion for butterflies and moths. Several decades have been spent exploring lepidoptera-rich habitats throughout the British Isles, leading to extensive studies of all the British species of macrolepidoptera in addition to many scarce immigrants.
David has been Warwickshire County recorder for larger moths since 1971 and serves as the County’s Moth Conservation Officer. Over many years, he has tutored successful adult classes at both Warwickshire and Birmingham Universities and currently runs residential courses throughout the British Isles for the Field Studies Council and Adult Residential Colleges Association.
Other work has involved Lepidoptera surveys for ecological consultants, Natural England and Forestry Commission. David writes regularly for the National journal ‘Atropos’ and has been a member of the editorial panel since its inauguration.
Timing: 10am to 4pm both days.
Course attendees will be provided with the Field guide to Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland. This will be yours to keep. Value £10
What to Bring
- Notebook and pencil
- Field guides/keys (if you have one)
- Hand lens (if you have one)
- Binoculars (if you have some)
- Water bottle and/or thermos flask
- Small rucksack or bag
- Waterproofs (just in case!)
- Stout shoes, boots or wellies
- Hat and sunscreen
- Insect repellent
There will be a person with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have special medical or access requirements.