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Butterflies and Moths Study Week 2022

Monday 6 Jun 4pm — Friday 10 Jun 12:30pm, 2022

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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

  • £380– single ensuite room
  • £350– sharing an ensuite room
  • £350– single non-ensuite room
  • £315 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £230

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £216

We have space for 1 more but camping only. 

World renowned butterfly and moth expert and author David Brown leads a week of field trips, workshops and lectures focusing on rare and interesting summer butterflies and moths of Somerset.

“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

This course provides an opportunity to view two of Great Britain’s rarest butterflies, the Large Blue and Heath Fritillary. Collard Hill will be visited to study the Large Blue and learn about its fascinating life history. A field visit to Haddon Hill will give participants a rare chance to see the Heath Fritillary in its restricted habitat. Light traps will be operated in the wooded grounds of Halsway Manor where it is possible to see up to 100 species of moth during the week including specialties Brussels Lace, Cream-spot Tiger, Lead Belle and Ruddy Carpet. Illustrated evening talks and workshops will help sharpen identification skills and provide knowledge on the ecology of selected species.

Participants may be asked to car-share to help with transport on field visits.

This year we are also running a  later summer Butterflies and Moths week 22-26 Aug 2022 – ALSO NOW FULLY BOOKED

The Programme

Please note that there may be alterations to the timings of the field trips to make best use of the weather conditions.
4.00  Arrival and tea
6.30  Dinner
7.30  Introduction to course
8.30  Breakfast
9.15  Inspection of light traps
11.30 Field visit (Collard Hill to study Large Blue, and Shapwick Heath to see Argent and Sable)
4.00  Afternoon tea
6.30  Dinner
7.30  Identification workshop / slideshow
8.30  Breakfast
9.15  Inspection of light traps
11.30  Field visit (Haddon Hill, to study Heath Fritillary)
6.30  Dinner
7.30  Identification workshop / slides
8.30  Breakfast
9.15  Inspection of light traps
11.30 Field visit (Bossington)
4.00  Afternoon tea
6.30  Dinner
8.30  Breakfast
9.30  Inspection of light traps
11.00 Local butterfly walk (time allowing)
12.00 Analysis, results and conclusions.

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.