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Following successful training course programmes in 2010 and 2011, the following programme has been put together to give recorders from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire an opportunity to start up or to improve their knowledge of moths and moth recording.  Courses are aimed at total beginners to studying moths and also at recorders of intermediate 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?
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Following successful training course programmes in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the following programme has been put together to give recorders from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire and beyond an opportunity to start up or to improve their knowledge of moths and moth recording.  Courses are aimed at total beginners to studying moths and also at recorders of intermediate 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.
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==May 14th, Monday (T1) – An Introduction to Moth Trapping for Beginners==
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==June 16th, Sunday (T1) – Moths of Fenns & Whixall Mosses, Shropshire / Denbighshire ==
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Introducing moth identification of easier moths, moth traps and books – how to get started with moths! At Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, Shropshire, (grid ref SO754840) 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 25 participants – booking essential)
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Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. This course is aimed at people who want to learn more about the speciality lowland raised bog species of this exceptional wilderness site. 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). 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the speciality mossland species caught on the reserve, from the night before. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Silvery Arches, Oblique Carpet, Small Seraphim, Grass Wave, Light Knotgrass and Ancylis tineana might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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==June 10th, Sunday (T2) – Woodland Moths for Intermediates==
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==June 18th, Tuesday (T2) – Woodland Moths==
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Moth identification training course for intermediates only, looking at woodland moth species caught the night before. At Woolhope Village Hall, near Haugh Wood, Herefordshire, (grid ref SO611358) 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential)
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Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be looking at woodland species caught the night before.  Woodland is usually the best habitat for seeing the greatest diversity of moths in all weather conditions. At Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Alveley, Shropshire, (grid ref SO754840) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Blomers Rivulet, Scorched Wing and Spatalistis bifasciana might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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==June 18th, Monday (T3) – Grassland Moths for Beginners==
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==July 31st, Wednesday (T3) – Wetland Moths==
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Moth identification training course for beginners and intermediates, looking at grassland moth species caught the night before. At Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, Shropshire, (grid ref SO754840). 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential)
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Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be looking at wetland species caught the night before. Upton Warren is believed to be one of the best wetland sites for moths in the Midlands. At Wychbold Club (Formerly British Legion), De Wyche Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 7PN (grid ref SO922658) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Bulrush, Brown-veined, Southern and Obscure Wainscot, Double Lobed, Crescent and Calamotropha paludella might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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==August 12th, Monday (T4) – Micro-moths Identification==
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Moth identification training course for people who have some knowledge of macro-moths, but want to look further at micro-moths. This course will introduce micro-moths to beginners at looking at this group and also to expand knowledge of more advanced micro-moth surveyors, looking at micro-moths caught the night before at Haugh Wood. At Woolhope Village Hall, near Haugh Wood, Herefordshire, HR1 4QS (grid ref SO611356) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (At this time of year, there should be a great variety of micro-moths to study from this excellent ancient woodland site)
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==July 29th, Sunday (T4) - Dove Dale Limestone Grassland Moths for Intermediates==
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==September 16th, Monday (T5) – Leaf-miner Moths==
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Moth identification training course for intermediates only, looking at upland limestone grassland moth species caught the night before. At the National Trust’s Ilam Hall Learning Centre, Staffordshire (grid ref SK131507). 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential)
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Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-miners to beginners at looking at this group and also expand knowledge of more advanced leaf-mine moth surveyors. There will be some time spent outdoors looking for leaves during this course. At Woolhope Village Hall, near Haugh Wood, Herefordshire, HR1 4QS (grid ref SO611356) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (This is the peak time of year for seeing leaf-mines created by micro-moths from this excellent ancient woodland site – at least 20 species should be recorded and these will also be species not usually recorded in moth traps.) This course can be attended as a stand-alone course looking at leaf-mines, but it also makes the perfect part 2 of looking at micro-moths and following straight on from attending the micro-moths identification course at the same venue on August 12th (T4).
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==July 31st, Tuesday (T5) – Micro Moths for Intermediates==
 
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Moth identification training course for intermediates only, looking at micro-moth species caught the night before in the Wyre Forest. At the new Wyre Forest Community Discovery Centre, Worcestershire (grid ref SO750740). 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential)
 
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==August 12th, Sunday (T6) – Wetland Moths for Beginners==
 
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Moth identification training course for beginners and intermediates, looking at wetland moth species caught the night before. At Feckenham Village Hall, High Street, Feckenham, near Redditch, Worcestershire (grid ref SP009615). 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential) <font color=red>NOW FULL!</font>
 
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==August 14th, Tuesday (T7) – Heathland Moths for Beginners==
 
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Moth identification training course for beginners and intermediates, looking at heathland moth species caught the night before. At the John O’Leary Centre, Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire (grid ref SK006153). 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential)
 
==Booking==
==Booking==
'''You need to book in advance for all courses – please don’t just turn up on the day!'''
'''You need to book in advance for all courses – please don’t just turn up on the day!'''
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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 courses. Training course places will be offered to applicants who apply first. Trainees can book for just one course, several courses or the whole programme of courses. Trainees that book for all or most of the 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.  
Please bring a packed lunch for all courses. Training course places will be offered to applicants who apply first. Trainees can book for just one course, several courses or the whole programme of courses. Trainees that book for all or most of the 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.  
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Training courses will all be classroom based, but with some examination of live moth specimens (that were trapped the night before). Courses aimed at Beginners or Beginners and Intermediates will include a morning talk introducing macro-moth families to attendees. This is a great introduction for beginners and also a great refresher for intermediates. Courses labelled as being for intermediates only will not include this refresher talk (and therefore would be more of a struggle for beginners to take part in). Instead with these courses there will be more time on the course for hands-on identification practice with live moths. If in doubt as to which course might suit you best, then get in touch with Dave for advice for you.
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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, then get in touch with Dave for advice for you.
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The 2012 Training Course programme is unfortunately not sponsored (due to environmental spending cuts) and therefore places for participants will need to be charged for all dates. The rate for people attending courses is at £20 per day. Firm bookings for courses will only be accepted on receipt of a cheque for £20 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.
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If trainees wish to purchase a moth trap or other moth-ing equipment, then this will be possible on the course if they contact me before the event.  
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The 2013 Training Course programme is unfortunately not sponsored (due to environmental spending cuts) and therefore places for participants will need to be charged for all dates. The rate for people attending courses is at £25 per day. Firm bookings for courses will only be accepted on receipt of a cheque for £25 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.
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If trainees wish to purchase a moth trap or other moth-ing equipment, then this will be possible on the course if they contact Dave before the event.  
:Please book direct with myself, Dave Grundy, by phone, post or preferably email;
:Please book direct with myself, Dave Grundy, by phone, post or preferably email;

Revision as of 18:43, 23 January 2013

Contents

Introduction

(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

Training Course Programme for Studying Moths – 2013


Following successful training course programmes in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the following programme has been put together to give recorders from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire and beyond an opportunity to start up or to improve their knowledge of moths and moth recording. Courses are aimed at total beginners to studying moths and also at recorders of intermediate 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.

June 16th, Sunday (T1) – Moths of Fenns & Whixall Mosses, Shropshire / Denbighshire

Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. This course is aimed at people who want to learn more about the speciality lowland raised bog species of this exceptional wilderness site. 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). 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the speciality mossland species caught on the reserve, from the night before. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Silvery Arches, Oblique Carpet, Small Seraphim, Grass Wave, Light Knotgrass and Ancylis tineana might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

June 18th, Tuesday (T2) – Woodland Moths

Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be looking at woodland species caught the night before. Woodland is usually the best habitat for seeing the greatest diversity of moths in all weather conditions. At Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Alveley, Shropshire, (grid ref SO754840) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Blomers Rivulet, Scorched Wing and Spatalistis bifasciana might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

July 31st, Wednesday (T3) – Wetland Moths

Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be looking at wetland species caught the night before. Upton Warren is believed to be one of the best wetland sites for moths in the Midlands. At Wychbold Club (Formerly British Legion), De Wyche Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 7PN (grid ref SO922658) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Bulrush, Brown-veined, Southern and Obscure Wainscot, Double Lobed, Crescent and Calamotropha paludella might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

August 12th, Monday (T4) – Micro-moths Identification

Moth identification training course for people who have some knowledge of macro-moths, but want to look further at micro-moths. This course will introduce micro-moths to beginners at looking at this group and also to expand knowledge of more advanced micro-moth surveyors, looking at micro-moths caught the night before at Haugh Wood. At Woolhope Village Hall, near Haugh Wood, Herefordshire, HR1 4QS (grid ref SO611356) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (At this time of year, there should be a great variety of micro-moths to study from this excellent ancient woodland site)

September 16th, Monday (T5) – Leaf-miner Moths

Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-miners to beginners at looking at this group and also expand knowledge of more advanced leaf-mine moth surveyors. There will be some time spent outdoors looking for leaves during this course. At Woolhope Village Hall, near Haugh Wood, Herefordshire, HR1 4QS (grid ref SO611356) from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (This is the peak time of year for seeing leaf-mines created by micro-moths from this excellent ancient woodland site – at least 20 species should be recorded and these will also be species not usually recorded in moth traps.) This course can be attended as a stand-alone course looking at leaf-mines, but it also makes the perfect part 2 of looking at micro-moths and following straight on from attending the micro-moths identification course at the same venue on August 12th (T4).

Booking

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

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 courses. Training course places will be offered to applicants who apply first. Trainees can book for just one course, several courses or the whole programme of courses. Trainees that book for all or most of the 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.

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, then get in touch with Dave for advice for you.

The 2013 Training Course programme is unfortunately not sponsored (due to environmental spending cuts) and therefore places for participants will need to be charged for all dates. The rate for people attending courses is at £25 per day. Firm bookings for courses will only be accepted on receipt of a cheque for £25 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. If trainees wish to purchase a moth trap or other moth-ing equipment, then this will be possible on the course if they contact Dave before the event.

Please book direct with myself, Dave Grundy, by phone, post or preferably email;
DGCountryside,5, Melrose Avenue, Woodfield Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8TG.
Tel: 0121-446-5446 or Mobile: 0777-898-0924 or Email: dgcountryside@btinternet.com

Additional courses outside the West Midlands

Run by Dave Grundy

Wetland & Wainscots Training Courses – Sunday July 22nd, or Tuesday July 24th

At Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve, Norfolk - These courses will be jointly run with local Norfolk moth expert Jon Clifton. They are aimed at people with intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality reed-bed species of this exceptional site. The courses will be held at Hickling Broad NNR classroom next to the Visitor Centre, near Stalham, Norfolk (grid ref TG428222). 10am to 4pm on each date, with a chance to examine the speciality reed-bed species caught on the reserve, from the night before. (Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential). The booking fee for these events is £25, book with Dave as above.

Further Details

Also two...

Moth Training Course – Tuesday April 24th

At the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, near Cardigan, Pembrokeshire – (post code is SA43 2TB and grid ref SN188451) - This will be jointly run with Norman Lowe, the Breconshire county moth recorder It will be aimed at people with intermediate moth identification skills, covering an introduction to micro-moth identification and other skills to suit local recorders in this part of Wales. 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 25 participants – booking essential). The booking fee for this event is £25, book with Dave as above.


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