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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), Worcestershire (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. (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).
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), Worcestershire (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. (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).
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==Sunday, June 29{{th}} – Micro-moths, Cranham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (T3)==
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==Sunday, June 29{{th}} – Micro-moths (T3)==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Cranham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire'''</big>
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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 Buckholt Wood NNR. The venue will be Cranham Village Hall, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (grid ref SO897130), from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential.  
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 Buckholt Wood NNR. The venue will be Cranham Village Hall, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (grid ref SO897130), from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential.  
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==Sunday, July 6{{th}} to Tuesday, July 8{{th}} – Micro-moths, Cultra, nr Belfast, Northern Ireland==
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==Sunday, July 6{{th}} to Tuesday, July 8{{th}} – Micro-moths==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Cultra, nr Belfast, Northern Ireland'''</big>
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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 each night at a nearby site. This is a residential two day course, based at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, near Belfast, Northern Ireland BT18 0EU. - Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential. All bookings need to be through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (This course fits well to be followed by the leaf-mine course at Omagh in September 2014)
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 each night at a nearby site. This is a residential two day course, based at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, near Belfast, Northern Ireland BT18 0EU. - Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential. All bookings need to be through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (This course fits well to be followed by the leaf-mine course at Omagh in September 2014)
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==Friday, July 11{{th}} to Sunday, July 13{{th}} - Coastal Speciality Moths, Sandwich Bay SSSI, Kent (T4)==
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==Friday, July 11{{th}} to Sunday, July 13{{th}} - Coastal Speciality Moths (T4)==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Sandwich Bay SSSI, Kent'''</big>
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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 grassland, sand dune and shingle site. This is a residential two day course that will be held at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Guildford Road, Sandwich Bay (postcode CT13 9PF and grid ref TR355575), with a chance to examine the moths caught around this site, each night. The cost for the course will be £25 per person per day – i.e. £50 for the weekend. Then on top of this, accommodation will mostly be in twin-bedded rooms in the observatory at a cost of £12 per person per night – i.e. £24 for the weekend. On top of this you would need to cater for yourself - so bring food to make breakfast and sandwiches for lunch each day in the observatory kitchen and then we will probably all eat out together in a nearby pub each evening. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. Book with Dave, as above, including costs for Bird Observatory accommodation. (Oblique Striped, Shaded Pug, Yellow Belle, Rest Harrow and Bright Wave might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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 grassland, sand dune and shingle site. This is a residential two day course that will be held at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Guildford Road, Sandwich Bay (postcode CT13 9PF and grid ref TR355575), with a chance to examine the moths caught around this site, each night. The cost for the course will be £25 per person per day – i.e. £50 for the weekend. Then on top of this, accommodation will mostly be in twin-bedded rooms in the observatory at a cost of £12 per person per night – i.e. £24 for the weekend. On top of this you would need to cater for yourself - so bring food to make breakfast and sandwiches for lunch each day in the observatory kitchen and then we will probably all eat out together in a nearby pub each evening. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. Book with Dave, as above, including costs for Bird Observatory accommodation. (Oblique Striped, Shaded Pug, Yellow Belle, Rest Harrow and Bright Wave might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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==Wednesday, July 16{{th}} - Coastal Speciality Moths, Holme Dunes NNR, Norfolk (T5)==
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==Wednesday, July 16{{th}} - Coastal Speciality Moths (T5)==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Holme Dunes NNR, Norfolk'''</big>
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This course will be jointly run with local Norfolk moth expert Jon Clifton. It is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality coastal species of this exceptional sand dune and salt marsh site. The course will be held at Holme-next-the-sea Village Hall, Holme (postcode PE36 6LJ and grid ref TF707434), from 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the moths caught on the reserve, from the night before. - Maximum of 30 participants – booking essential. The booking fee for this event is £30, book with Dave as above. (Crescent Striped, Coast Dart, Star-wort, Shore Wainscot, Lyme Grass, Saltern Ear. Also Pyralids; Pediasia aridella, Pediasia conterminella, Gymnancyla canella, Pima boisduvaliella, Platytes alpinella and Melissoblaptes zelleri and the Salt-marsh Plume Agdistis bennetii. might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
This course will be jointly run with local Norfolk moth expert Jon Clifton. It is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality coastal species of this exceptional sand dune and salt marsh site. The course will be held at Holme-next-the-sea Village Hall, Holme (postcode PE36 6LJ and grid ref TF707434), from 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the moths caught on the reserve, from the night before. - Maximum of 30 participants – booking essential. The booking fee for this event is £30, book with Dave as above. (Crescent Striped, Coast Dart, Star-wort, Shore Wainscot, Lyme Grass, Saltern Ear. Also Pyralids; Pediasia aridella, Pediasia conterminella, Gymnancyla canella, Pima boisduvaliella, Platytes alpinella and Melissoblaptes zelleri and the Salt-marsh Plume Agdistis bennetii. might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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==Saturday, July 19{{th}} to Tuesday, July 22{{nd}} – Micro-moths, FSC, Orielton, Pembrokeshire==
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==Saturday, July 19{{th}} to Tuesday, July 22{{nd}} – Micro-moths==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''FSC, Orielton, Pembrokeshire'''</big>
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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 each night near the centre. This is a residential three 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. (This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course held at Flatford Mill in August)
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 each night near the centre. This is a residential three 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. (This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course held at Flatford Mill in August)
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==Friday, July 25{{th}} to Monday, July 28{{th}} – Micro-moths, FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk==
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==Friday, July 25{{th}} to Monday, July 28{{th}} – Micro-moths==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk'''</big>
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 each night near the centre. This is a residential three 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. (This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course also at Flatford Mill in August)
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 each night near the centre. This is a residential three 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. (This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course also at Flatford Mill in August)
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==Friday, August 15{{th}} to Sunday, August 17{{th}} – Leaf-mining Moths, FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk==
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==Friday, August 15{{th}} to Sunday, August 17{{th}} – Leaf-mining Moths==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk'''</big>
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Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 on both days. This 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. (This course works well if used as a follow-on from FSC micro-moth courses at Flatford Mill or Orielton in July)
Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 on both days. This 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. (This course works well if used as a follow-on from FSC micro-moth courses at Flatford Mill or Orielton in July)
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==Tuesday, August 19{{th}} – Speciality Moths of Fenns & Whixall Mosses NNR, Shropshire (T6)==
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==Tuesday, August 19{{th}} – Speciality Moths of Fenns & Whixall Mosses (T6)==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Fenns & Whixall Mosses NNR, Shropshire'''</big>
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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. A course was successfully run at this venue in June 2013, however if you attended that course then this August course will allow you to see a very different suite of moth species. (''Olethreutes schulziana'', Neglected Rustic, Large Ear, Haworth’s Minor and Marsh Oblique-barred might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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. A course was successfully run at this venue in June 2013, however if you attended that course then this August course will allow you to see a very different suite of moth species. (''Olethreutes schulziana'', Neglected Rustic, Large Ear, Haworth’s Minor and Marsh Oblique-barred might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).
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==Friday, August 22{{nd}} to Sunday, August 24{{th}} – Bats and Moths, FSC, Juniper Hall, Surrey==
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==Friday, August 22{{nd}} to Sunday, August 24{{th}} – Bats and Moths==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''FSC, Juniper Hall, Surrey'''</big>
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This course will be jointly run with bat expert Roger Havard and will cater for beginners wanting to look at bats and moths and the interaction between them. The course will include searches for bats in the local area and studying moths caught each night. If you are already a moth expert then this will give you a way into learning about bats and similarly bat experts will be able to start an interest in moths! This is a residential two day course, based at Juniper Hall FSC centre. (Maximum of 25 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book.
This course will be jointly run with bat expert Roger Havard and will cater for beginners wanting to look at bats and moths and the interaction between them. The course will include searches for bats in the local area and studying moths caught each night. If you are already a moth expert then this will give you a way into learning about bats and similarly bat experts will be able to start an interest in moths! This is a residential two day course, based at Juniper Hall FSC centre. (Maximum of 25 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book.
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==Tuesday, September 2{{nd}} to Wednesday, September 3{{rd}} - Leaf-mining Moths, Omagh, Northern Ireland==
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==Tuesday, September 2{{nd}} to Wednesday, September 3{{rd}} - Leaf-mining Moths==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Omagh, Northern Ireland'''</big>
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Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 on both days. This is a residential two day course, based at the Ulster-American Folk Park, near Omagh, Northern Ireland.  (Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (This is the perfect follow-on course for people who attended the leaf-mining moth course in September 2013 or the micro-moths course in July 2014 and wish to expand their knowledge)
Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 on both days. This is a residential two day course, based at the Ulster-American Folk Park, near Omagh, Northern Ireland.  (Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (This is the perfect follow-on course for people who attended the leaf-mining moth course in September 2013 or the micro-moths course in July 2014 and wish to expand their knowledge)
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==Sunday, September 7{{th}} – Leaf-mining Moths, Cranham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (T7)==
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==Sunday, September 7{{th}} – Leaf-mining Moths (T7)==
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<big>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''Cranham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire'''</big>
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Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 in or near Buckholt Wood NNR. The venue will be Cranham Village Hall, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (grid ref SO897130), 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 nearby 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 just 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 June 29{{th}}
Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 in or near Buckholt Wood NNR. The venue will be Cranham Village Hall, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (grid ref SO897130), 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 nearby 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 just 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 June 29{{th}}

Revision as of 12:45, 2 February 2014

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 – 2014


Moth trappers at Fenn’s Moss, 2013 – D. Grundy

Following successful training course programmes in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the following programme has been put together to give recorders from the Midlands 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. Also, I’m doing an increasing number of residential courses on moth identification in 2014. 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-mined 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 nearly always advance your skills faster than two separate one day courses – so get booking on them!

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 – one of the courses listed below already has only one place left on it – before I’ve even started advertising!!

Sunday, June 8th – Grassland and Parkland Moths (T1)

       Moccas Deer Park NNR, Herefordshire

Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. We will be looking at moths caught the night before in the Park. This is a fascinating grassland and parkland reserve with ancient veteran trees. The venue will be Moccas Village Hall on the B4352 between Blakemere and Bredwardine (grid ref SO357427 and postcode HR2 9LQ), from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential.

Saturday, June 21st - Ancient Woodland Speciality Moths (T2)

       Wyre Forest NNR, Worcestershire

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), Worcestershire (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. (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).

Sunday, June 29th – Micro-moths (T3)

       Cranham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

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 Buckholt Wood NNR. The venue will be Cranham Village Hall, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (grid ref SO897130), from 10am to 4pm. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential.

Sunday, July 6th to Tuesday, July 8th – Micro-moths

       Cultra, nr Belfast, Northern Ireland

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 each night at a nearby site. This is a residential two day course, based at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, near Belfast, Northern Ireland BT18 0EU. - Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential. All bookings need to be through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (This course fits well to be followed by the leaf-mine course at Omagh in September 2014)

Friday, July 11th to Sunday, July 13th - Coastal Speciality Moths (T4)

       Sandwich Bay SSSI, Kent

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 grassland, sand dune and shingle site. This is a residential two day course that will be held at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Guildford Road, Sandwich Bay (postcode CT13 9PF and grid ref TR355575), with a chance to examine the moths caught around this site, each night. The cost for the course will be £25 per person per day – i.e. £50 for the weekend. Then on top of this, accommodation will mostly be in twin-bedded rooms in the observatory at a cost of £12 per person per night – i.e. £24 for the weekend. On top of this you would need to cater for yourself - so bring food to make breakfast and sandwiches for lunch each day in the observatory kitchen and then we will probably all eat out together in a nearby pub each evening. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. Book with Dave, as above, including costs for Bird Observatory accommodation. (Oblique Striped, Shaded Pug, Yellow Belle, Rest Harrow and Bright Wave might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Wednesday, July 16th - Coastal Speciality Moths (T5)

       Holme Dunes NNR, Norfolk

This course will be jointly run with local Norfolk moth expert Jon Clifton. It is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality coastal species of this exceptional sand dune and salt marsh site. The course will be held at Holme-next-the-sea Village Hall, Holme (postcode PE36 6LJ and grid ref TF707434), from 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the moths caught on the reserve, from the night before. - Maximum of 30 participants – booking essential. The booking fee for this event is £30, book with Dave as above. (Crescent Striped, Coast Dart, Star-wort, Shore Wainscot, Lyme Grass, Saltern Ear. Also Pyralids; Pediasia aridella, Pediasia conterminella, Gymnancyla canella, Pima boisduvaliella, Platytes alpinella and Melissoblaptes zelleri and the Salt-marsh Plume Agdistis bennetii. might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Saturday, July 19th to Tuesday, July 22nd – Micro-moths

       FSC, Orielton, Pembrokeshire

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 each night near the centre. This is a residential three 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. (This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course held at Flatford Mill in August)

Friday, July 25th to Monday, July 28th – Micro-moths

       FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk 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 each night near the centre. This is a residential three 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. (This course works well if used as a precursor to the FSC leaf-mine course also at Flatford Mill in August)

Friday, August 15th to Sunday, August 17th – Leaf-mining Moths

       FSC, Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 on both days. This 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. (This course works well if used as a follow-on from FSC micro-moth courses at Flatford Mill or Orielton in July)

Tuesday, August 19th – Speciality Moths of Fenns & Whixall Mosses (T6)

       Fenns & Whixall Mosses NNR, Shropshire

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. A course was successfully run at this venue in June 2013, however if you attended that course then this August course will allow you to see a very different suite of moth species. (Olethreutes schulziana, Neglected Rustic, Large Ear, Haworth’s Minor and Marsh Oblique-barred might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Friday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 24th – Bats and Moths

       FSC, Juniper Hall, Surrey

This course will be jointly run with bat expert Roger Havard and will cater for beginners wanting to look at bats and moths and the interaction between them. The course will include searches for bats in the local area and studying moths caught each night. If you are already a moth expert then this will give you a way into learning about bats and similarly bat experts will be able to start an interest in moths! This is a residential two day course, based at Juniper Hall FSC centre. (Maximum of 25 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book.

Tuesday, September 2nd to Wednesday, September 3rd - Leaf-mining Moths

       Omagh, Northern Ireland

Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 on both days. This is a residential two day course, based at the Ulster-American Folk Park, near Omagh, Northern Ireland. (Maximum of 20 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (This is the perfect follow-on course for people who attended the leaf-mining moth course in September 2013 or the micro-moths course in July 2014 and wish to expand their knowledge)

Sunday, September 7th – Leaf-mining Moths (T7)

       Cranham, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Leaf-mining moth identification training course that will introduce leaf-mines 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 in or near Buckholt Wood NNR. The venue will be Cranham Village Hall, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (grid ref SO897130), 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 nearby 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 just 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 June 29th

Booking

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.

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. Residential courses will usually involve some checking of moth traps in the field.

The 2014 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 is usually at £25 per day. Firm bookings for courses will only be accepted on receipt of a cheque for £25 per person per day. Courses run by two instructors will be slightly more expensive per person at £30 per day – this is due to greater expenses for the two instructors. 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 in all but the Sandwich Bay course. 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 one day courses because of the concentrated learning.

Residential courses held in Northern Ireland are all being run and booked via Cedar in Northern Ireland, so they will need to be contacted direct if you wish to book for those courses. Check their website for more booking details at; www.nmni.com/cedar/training

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 at; www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/natural-history/birds-and-other-animals/butterflies-and-moths.aspx

Also worth looking at are the excellent FSC macro-moth training courses run by Dave Brown at various FSC centres.

The Sandwich Bay residential course is organised by myself, with accommodation at the Bird Observatory – for all details on this course book via myself.

If trainees wish to purchase a moth trap or other moth-ing 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 ask more if you want more details on any course;
DGCountryside,5, Melrose Avenue, Woodfield Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8TG.
Tel: 0121-446-5446 or Mobile: 0777-898-0924 or Email: dgcountryside@btinternet.com
Participants on the Micro-moth Course, Flatford Mill, 2013 – D. Grundy

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