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(Butterflies and Moths)


  • Training in the use of Mapmate Wildlife Data Entry and Handling
  • Training in Butterfly Identification – beginners, intermediates and advanced
  • Training in Moth Identification – beginners, intermediates and advanced

Moth Training Course Programme – 2017


Pembrokeshire Coastal Moths Course – setting up the traps at Stackpole Head – 18/7/16 – D. Grundy

Following successful training course programmes in 2010 to 2016, this list has been put together to give recorders from England and Wales an opportunity to start up or to improve their knowledge of moths and moth recording. Courses are aimed at total beginners in studying moths and also recorders of more advanced ability. Whatever your skills, the courses will stretch your knowledge. If you have been on my courses in previous years, then you will be pleased to see courses on some new themes as well, or maybe you fancy a refresher? If people want a better look at the rarer species recorded on the course or to take photos of them then there will usually be time for this at the end of the course or just after the course has finished – just allow yourself a bit more time for this if you want at the end of the day.

Please remember these are training courses as a first priority - so please take a full part in this learning process during the day - I am sure everyone who has booked will gain from such training. Seeing and photographing the scarce species is just a bonus at the end of the course.

Also, I’m doing a good number of residential courses on moth identification in 2017. These are by necessity more expensive to cover costs of accommodation and catering. However, they get you away from it all to a beautiful part of the country. They are socially more fun with the extra chat over meals and evenings with like-minded people. And possibly most important of all they give you the chance of more intensive learning over several days in a row. A two day residential course will always advance your skills faster than two separate one day courses – so get booking on them now!

I specialise in hands on training courses where you identify live moths for yourself in small groups, with advice and tips from myself, plus help from a large moth book library that I bring along for you to use. The more you put into the course in stretching yourself, the more you get out of it! You can learn how to identify moths with a field guide and websites by yourself at home, but much better and faster is to go out with other moth recorders to learn together. And best of all is to learn fastest on one or more moth training courses – so get booking now!

With all courses, just get in touch if you have any questions about them? Email me to make a provisional booking as soon as possible – as courses can book up fast! (In the information below; FSC is the abbreviation for Field Studies Council, NNR for National Nature Reserve and AONB for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Saturday April 8th to Sunday 9th – Dissection Techniques for Moth ID Verification

FSC, Preston Montford, Shropshire – This course will introduce participants to the dissection techniques required to verify identification of critical groups of macro and micro moths. Participants on the course are heavily subsidised by the FSC Tomorrow’s Biodiversity project and are limited to only six places. The full cost to the attendee of only £120 includes full resident evening meal and B&B for Saturday night and represents outstanding value for a technical course of this quality. This is a residential two day course, based at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre (FSC). (Maximum of 6 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course. NOW FULL – CURRENTLY LOOKING AT A REPEAT COURSE FOR WINTER 2017/8 - GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FUTURE DISSECTION COURSES?

Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th – Beginners Moth Identification

FSC, Juniper Hall, Surrey This course will be an introduction to the identification of moths for people who have never looked at them before, or who are only just starting to learn about them. If you are maybe in your first year or so of looking at moths then it will give you the confidence to take your interest further. The course will show you how to identify live moths caught during your stay at the Centre. In addition it will take you through how to choose the best moth trap, what field guide to buy and useful websites for help. In short everything you need to get started, whether you want to start looking in your back garden or in the local nature reserve. Moths will be caught each night near the centre and participants will identify them to family and species. This is a residential two day course, based at Juniper Hall Field Studies Centre (FSC). (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (Likely moths seen on this course will be the commoner early summer species).

Sunday June 4th – Daytime Moths of Fenns & Whixall Mosses NNR, Shropshire (T1)

Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. The course will be held at Fenns & Whixall Moss NNR classroom next to the Natural England HQ at Manor House, Moss Lane, Whixall, Shropshire, SY13 2PD (grid ref SJ505365). We will be searching for moths by day using techniques, such as sweeping, pheromones, beating, netting and searching plants for larvae, eggs and mines etc. We will introduce these skills to people who haven’t used them before, but also advance the skills and identify moths for the more experienced. This is the perfect opportunity for people to move away from their moth trap and learn the field-craft skills of searching for moths at different stages of their lives by day. This National Nature Reserve is one of the biggest lowland raised bogs in Britain. We will be looking at Whixall Moss moths by venturing out onto the moss as a group - from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (This course will be concentrating on looking for different life stages of moths, macros and micros whether adult, larva, egg, pupa or mine) A course was successfully run at this venue in August 2016, however if you attended that course then this June daytime course will allow you to see a very different suite of moth species.

Saturday June 17th – Larger Micro-moths, Bishops Wood Centre, Worcestershire (T2)

This course is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the larger and easier to identify Micro-moths that we can find at this interesting site with woodland and grassland habitats. The course will focus on identification of Crambids, Pyralids, Plumes and Tortrixes. For beginners with micro-moths then these are probably the easiest families to start with, but also lots to cover for the more experienced micro-moth recorder. This course will be held at the Bishops Wood Centre, Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 9SE (grid ref SO837684), from 10am to 4pm. We will be looking at these moths that were caught the night before in the 70 acre grounds around this centre. Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (This time of year should be excellent to record a good variety of these moth families on a site with quality and varied habitats, if the weather helps us). NB this centre is owned by the Field Studies Council (FSC), but bookings for this one day course are all via Dave and not with FSC.

Tuesday June 20th - Ancient Woodland Speciality Moths, Wyre Forest NNR, Worcestershire (T3)

This course is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality ancient woodland species of this exceptional site for moths. The course will be held at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre (DC2), next to the Visitor Centre, near Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY14 9XQ (grid ref SO750740), from 10am to 4pm. We will be looking at Wyre Forest moths that were caught the night before. Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Satin Lutestring, Common Fan-foot, Bilberry Pug, Great Oak Beauty and the stunning micro-moth Oecophora bractella might be among Wyre Forest speciality moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good). NB you will need to pay a car parking fee for the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre car park for the day.

Sunday June 25th – Upland Moths of the Black Mountains, Longtown, Herefordshire (T4)

Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. The course will be held at Longtown Village Hall, Longtown, Herefordshire, HR2 0LE (grid ref SO323289). 10am to 4pm, Moths for this course will have been trapped at nearby Black Darren car park in the Brecon Beacons National Park from some excellent upland habitat. The course will run from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Map-winged Swift, Bilberry Tortrix, Smoky Wave, July Belle, Thyme Pug, Triple-spotted Clay, Light Knotgrass and Dark Brocade might be among Brecon Beacons upland speciality moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Saturday July 1st to Sunday July 2nd – Woodland Moths of the North Pennines

Cold-blooded and Spineless Project, North Pennines AONB This course is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the special woodland moths of the North Pennine uplands and looking closely at moths found in the Derwent Gorge NNR. This site has diverse habitats including acidic sessile oak and base-rich ash woodland with abundant mosses and lichens and at this peak time of year for moths, there should be an excellent variety of species to look through if weather conditions are good. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential, with priority given to people living in the North Pennine area) All bookings need to be through the Cold-blooded and Spineless Project – ask them for further details of how to book. Contact Dave for further general information about this course. (Likely moths seen on this course will be those characteristic of this special North Pennine woodland habitat in early summer. Simple accommodation might be possible to arrange for both the Friday and Saturday nights of this weekend – just ask for further details)

Saturday July 8th - Coastal & Saltmarsh Moths, Mersea Island, Essex (T5)

This course will be aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality moths of this exceptional estuary, saltmarsh and coastal area. It is a one day course that will be held at East Mersea Village Hall, East Road, East Mersea, Essex (postcode CO5 8TQ and grid ref approx. TM056146), 10am to 4pm , with a chance to examine the moths caught at nearby Cudmore Grove Country Park the previous night. Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. If you attended the moth course at this site in August 2016, then this course will compliment it very well, with a different suite of coastal species likely to be seen on this date. (Crescent Striped, Ground Lackey, Dogs Tooth, Dotted Fan-foot, Rosy Wave and migrants might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Sunday July 16th - Wicken Fen’s Speciality Moths, Wicken Fen NNR, Cambridgeshire (T6)

This course will be aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality Fenland species of this exceptional site. The course will be held at Wicken Fen NNR classroom next to the Visitor Centre, Lode Lane, Wicken, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP. (Grid ref: TL563705) 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the speciality Fenland species caught on the reserve, from the night before. Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Reed Leopard, Goat Moth, Ethmia quadrilella, Lappet, Lesser Cream Wave, Small Chocolate-tip, Reed Dagger, Silver Barred and Mere Wainscot might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good). NB you will need to pay a car parking fee for the National Trust Visitor Centre car park for the day, with discounts for National Trust members.

Friday July 21st to Tuesday July 25th – Moths of the Pembrokeshire Coast

FSC, Orielton, Pembrokeshire Moth identification training course for people who want to learn more about the speciality moths of this exceptional coastal area of Wales. It is aimed at total beginners as well as those with more advanced knowledge - whatever your skill level we hope to stretch you. A series of moth traps will be set up on all four nights of the course in a variety of habitats and each morning will be spent going through the traps to collect moths ready for the afternoon identification session. Sites likely to be visited for moth-trapping will include; the beautiful Freshwater West sand dunes and rocky limestone headlands of Stackpole NNR, plus the parkland grounds of Orielton for comparison. This is a residential four day course, based at Orielton Field Studies Centre (FSC). (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (Eudonia delunella, Anania crocealis, Agonopterix angelicella, Blomer’s Rivulet, Galium Carpet, Annulet, Brussels Lace, Four-spotted Footman, Scarce Burnished Brass, Double Line, Northern Rustic, Shore Wainscot and Archer’s Dart might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th – Reedbed and Wetland Speciality Moths, Minsmere RSPB reserve, Suffolk (T7)

This course will be aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality moths of this unique wetland habitat at one of the best moth sites in Britain. This is a non-residential two day course that will be held at the RSPB classroom, adjacent to the RSPB Visitor Centre, Sheepwash Lane, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3BY (Grid ref: TM470671). The cost for the course will be £70 per person for the two days. You will need to find your own accommodation and food in the local area, which may be in nearby holiday towns in B&B or in a campsite etc, but we can all maybe meet up for an evening meal on the Saturday night. Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Metalampra italica, Lesser Cream Wave, Crescent, White-mantled, Webb’s, Fen and Silky Wainscot, Shaded and Dotted Fan-foot, might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good). NB you will need to pay a car parking fee for the RSPB Visitor Centre car park for the day, with discounts for RSPB members.

Friday August 4th to Monday August 7th – Micro-moths

FSC, Slapton Ley, Devon Moth identification training course for people who have some knowledge of macro-moths, but want to look further at micro-moths. It is aimed at total beginners with micro-moths as well as people with more advanced knowledge - whatever your skill level this course will stretch you. Moth traps will be set each night in a variety of habitats and the micro moths trapped will be identified during the day. There will be slide presentations and hand-outs as well as practical help from the tutor. This is a residential three day course, based at Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. It is the first time this course has been held at Slapton, so a list of likely species is not possible, but the immediate surrounds of this field centre are possibly the most varied for any reserve in Britain, so micros should be very good. Within a couple of miles it would be possible to trap micro-moths in habitats ranging from ancient woodland, reed-bed, coastal shingle and sea cliffs, to wildflower grasslands etc. So, a great list of micro-moth species should be possible if weather conditions are good. In addition there will be time set aside to see the highlight macro-moth species up close and to photograph them. NB This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course held at Preston Montford, Shropshire in September.

Friday August 11th to Sunday August 13th – Wetland Moths

FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. This course will look at moths of nearby wetland habitats caught each night near the centre. It is a residential two day course, based at Flatford Mill FSC centre. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (Typical moths on this course might include; Round-winged Muslin, Lunar Yellow Underwing, Tree-lichen Beauty, Crescent, Southern, Bullrush, Twin-spotted, Brown-veined, Webb's and Fen Wainscot).

Friday September 8th to Sunday September 10th – An Introduction to Leaf-mining Moths

FSC, Preston Montford, Shropshire Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines to beginners with this group and also expand knowledge of more advanced surveyors. There will be some time spent outdoors looking for leaves during the course on both days. This is a residential two day course, based at Preston Montford FSC centre. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about the course and how to book. This is the peak time of year for seeing leaf-mines created by micro-moths on this site, where there is an excellent variety of suitable tree species for searching – at least 30 species should be recorded and these will mostly be those not usually recorded in moth traps. NB This course works well if used as a follow-on from the FSC micro-moths course at Slapton Ley in August.

You need to book in advance for all courses – please don’t just turn up on the day!

Please bring a packed lunch for all one day courses. Training course places will be offered to applicants who apply first. Trainees can book for just one course or several courses. Trainees that book for a good number of courses should come out of the programme with a good grounding in moth identification and be able to adequately trap and identify most moths on any site unaided – so why not give it a try and book for a few courses and not just one?

Training courses will all be classroom based, but with some examination of live moth specimens (that were trapped the night before). If in doubt as to which course might suit you best, get in touch with Dave for advice. Residential courses will usually involve some checking of moth traps in the field.

The 2017 Training Course programme is unfortunately not sponsored and therefore places for participants will need to be charged for all dates. The rate for people attending one day courses has unfortunately needed an increase to £35 per day in 2017 to cover an increase in cost of booking venues. Firm bookings for courses will only be accepted on receipt of a cheque for £35 per person per day. Refund of cheques will only be possible if four weeks of notice is given of your cancellation for an event. Please make cheques payable to D. Grundy.

Residential courses will of course be at different rates per day as overnight accommodation is included in the cost and also catering on the courses. So, although these courses are more expensive per day, they are more than worth it due to the excellent locations and a two day course will help you to progress more in your moth knowledge than two separate one day courses because of the concentrated learning.

Residential courses run at Field Studies Centres in Britain will be clearly labelled as FSC for short. With these courses, all bookings need to go direct to them. For further details on all their courses then check out their website.
Also worth looking at are the excellent FSC macro-moth training courses run by David Brown and other tutors at various FSC centres.

If trainees wish to purchase a moth trap or other moth trapping equipment, then this will be possible on courses if they contact Dave before the event.

Please book direct with myself, Dave Grundy, by phone, post or preferably email and make a provisional booking as soon as possible (some courses fill up very quickly!), your place will then be confirmed by sending through a payment to me. Do ask if you want more details on any course;

'Dave Grundy, 5, Melrose Avenue, Woodfield Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8TG. Tel: 0121-446-5446 or Mobile: 0777-898-0924 or Email: dgcountryside@btinternet.com
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Ancient Woodland Moths Course - checking moth ID in Whitchurch Village Hall, Herefordshire – 03/07/16 – D. Grundy

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