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Butterflies and Moths Course

Monday 12 Sep 4pm — Friday 16 Sep 10am, 2016

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Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £415 – single ensuite room
  • £390 – single non-ensuite room

World renowned butterfly and moth expert and author David Brown leads a week of field trips, workshops and lectures focusing on rare and interesting late summer butterflies and moths of Somerset. There will be a field visit to the Blackdown Hills to study the nationally important Brown Hairstreak. Light traps will be operated in the wooded grounds of Halsway Manor where the declining Hedge Rustic is a local specialty. Illustrated evening talks and workshops will help sharpen identification skills and provide knowledge on the ecology of selected species.

“I enjoyed seeing species that were new to me but also meeting like minded people. David Brown is very knowledgeable and willing to give every assistance. Halsway is a lovely venue with good food, accommodation and friendly staff.” Participant

Who’s it For?

This course is open to anyone who would like to know more about butterflies and moths. There will be field trips – whatever the weather! – so please bring suitable clothing and footwear for walking outdoors.

The Team

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 also serves as the County’s Moth Conservation Officer. Over many years, he has tutored successful adult classes at both Warwick 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, English Nature and Forestry Commission. David writes regularly for the National journal ‘Atropos’ and has been a member of the editorial panel since its inauguration.

The Programme

Arrive Monday afternoon from 4pm, depart Friday morning.
4.00  Arrival and tea
6.30  Dinner
7.30  Introduction to course
8.30  Breakfast
9.15  Inspection of moth traps
11.30 Field visit to Witch Lodge, Blackdown Hills
4.00  Afternoon tea
6.30  Dinner
7.30  Identification workshop / slideshow
8.30  Breakfast
9.15  Inspection of moth traps
11.30  Field visit to Collard Hill & Shapwick Heath
6.30  Dinner
7.30  Identification workshop / slides
8.30  Breakfast
9.15  Inspection of moth traps
11.30 Field visit to Quantocks or Blackdown Hills
4.00  Afternoon tea
6.30  Dinner
8.30  Breakfast
9.30  Inspection of moth traps
11.00 Local walk
12.00 Analysis, results and conclusions.