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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

Participants on a course at Hickling Broad in July 2012 – D. Grundy

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 with a joint instructor. As these courses will all have two trained instructors then charges for the courses below are higher at £30 per person per day (ask if you want more details on any of these courses. Note – the Wicken and Breckland courses are only 20 miles apart, so you might like to stop B&B in the area to go on both courses)

Wicken Fen’s Speciality Moths Training Course – Sunday July 21st (T6)

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 Fenland species of this exceptional site. The course will be held at Wicken Fen NNR classroom next to the Visitor Centre, Lode Lane, Wicken, 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 30 participants – booking essential). The booking fee for this event is £30, book with Dave as above. (Reed Leopard, Goat Moth, Lappet, and Mere Wainscot might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Breckland Speciality Moths Training Course – Tuesday July 23rd (T7)

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 Breckland species of this exceptional area for moths. The course will be held at Lakenheath Village Hall, Lakenheath, Suffolk. 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the speciality Breckland species caught at nearby Maidscross Hill, the night before. (Maximum of 30 participants – booking essential). The booking fee for this event is £30, book with Dave as above. (Lunar Yellow Underwing, Marbled Clover and Tawny Wave might be among Breckland speciality moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Borth Bog’s Speciality Moths Training Course – Saturday August 17th (T8)

To be held at Borth Youth Hostel, Morlais, Borth, Ceredigion – (post code is SY24 5JS and grid ref SN608907) - This will be jointly run with Norman Lowe, the Breconshire county moth recorder. It is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, covering moth identification of speciality species found on this important lowland raised bog (also known as Cors Fochno) to suit local recorders in this part of Wales. 10am to 4pm. (Maximum of 30 participants – booking essential). The booking fee for this event is £30, book with Dave as above. (Rosy Marsh Moth, Marsh Oblique-barred and Crambus silvella might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

Two day course for CEDaR, near Belfast, Northern Ireland

Monday September 2nd & Tuesday September 3rd - Leaf-miners for Beginners and Intermediates – 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 non-residential two day course, based at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, near Belfast, Northern Ireland BT18 0EU. 10am to 4pm each day. (Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential) This course is free for participants, but with all details booked through CEDaR. Contact Dave for further details about this course and how to book. (This is the perfect follow-on course for people who attended the one day leaf-mine course in 2012 and wish to expand their knowledge of leaf-mines in 2013)

One and two day courses run by Dave Grundy for the Field Studies Council (FSC) at Preston Montford, Juniper Hall and Flatford Mill

Charges for these courses are likely to be higher if they are two day residential courses to cover costs of accommodation and meals. The one day courses are likely to be free and there may be discounts for other courses via the Biodiversity Fellowship initiative. For more information ask Dave – the Biodiversity Fellowship initiative will be fully advertised, with details available from January 2013. Note, that if you attend my courses in the West Midlands and also these Field Studies Council courses then you will have the opportunity to go on more than one leaf-mine course and more than one micro-moth course. This will be worth doing as it will reinforce your skills with these difficult groups and especially so if you attend one of the residential courses. To make bookings and for other information please contact the Field Studies Council via their website at http://www.field-studies-council.org

Dates for these courses will be;
  1. Juniper Hall, Dorking, Surrey on the North Downs – Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July. Residential, Identifying Micro Moths Course.
  2. Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Suffolk – Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July. Residential, Identifying Micro Moths Course.
  3. Preston Montford, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire – Wednesday 14th August. Non-residential, Identifying Micro Moths Course.
  4. Preston Montford, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire– Tuesday 17th September. Non-residential, Identifying Leaf-mining Moths Course.
Participants on a course at Hickling Broad in July 2012 – D. Grundy

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