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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

Moth Training Course Programme – 2018


Checking the traps at Prawle Point on 5/8/17 – this site will be visited again on the FSC7 Moths of the Devon Coast course in August 2018 based at Slapton Ley

Following successful training course programmes in 2010 to 2017, this list has been put together to give recorders from England and Wales a chance to start up or to improve their knowledge of moths and moth recording. Courses are aimed at total beginners in studying moths and also at 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, 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 2018, mostly with the Field Studies Council. 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)

FSC1 - Saturday April 21st to Sunday April 22nd - Dissecting Moths

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. The full cost to the attendee will be £210 including lunch and evening meal for Saturday and bed and breakfast overnight into Sunday plus lunch on the Sunday. This is a residential two day course with one overnight, based at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre. (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 2018/9 OR 2 COURSES IF THERE IS DEMAND - GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FUTURE DISSECTION COURSES FOR 2018/9, SO WE CAN CATER FOR DEMAND? I WILL THEN PUT YOU ON A LIST OF PEOPLE I WILL CONTACT AS SOON AS THE NEW COURSE OR COURSES ARE ARRANGED – SO YOU GET FIRST CHANCE TO BOOK!

T1 - Sunday, June 3rd - Ancient Woodland Moths of Early Summer

Queens Wood (Dymock), Herefordshire - This course is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the speciality moths of ancient woodland in Herefordshire. Queens Wood is one of a handful of sites in Britain with a moth list of over 1000 species. It is an excellent and diverse woodland site on varied soils and at this peak time of year for moths, there should be a great variety of species to look through if weather conditions are good. The course venue will be Gorsley Village Hall, which is off Quarry Lane and signposted 200 metres from the B4221 Ross-on-Wye to Newent Road (grid ref approx. SO677260, post code HR9 7SJ, less than 1 kilometre from Junction 3 on the M50), from 10am to 4pm. We will be looking at moths that were caught the night before in Queens Wood - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Telechrysis tripuncta, Oecophora bractella, Salebriopsis albicilla, Devon Carpet, Lead-coloured Pug, Little Thorn and Orange Moth might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good.)

FSC2 - Friday June 8th to Sunday June 10th – Daytime Moths

FSC, Preston Montford, Shropshire - Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. This course is programmed to visit Whixall Moss NNR, which is an exciting large lowland raised bog and Llanymynech Rocks SSSI which has some stunning limestone grassland flora. Both sites are on the Welsh border. We will be searching for moths by day using techniques, such as sweeping vegetation with a net, pheromones, beating, netting and searching plants for larvae, eggs, pupae, cases 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 (macros and micros). This is a residential two day course with two overnights, based at Preston Montford Field Studies Centre. (Maximum of 14 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course. (Argent & Sable, Birch Mocha, Small Yellow Underwing, Small Purple-barred, Grass Wave, Psyche casta, Epinotia abbreviana, and leaf-mines of Eriocrania spp. might be among moths recorded on this course if weather conditions are good.)

FSC3 Sunday June 17th – Larger Micro-moths of Worcestershire

FSC, Bishops Wood Centre, Worcestershire - 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 ancient 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 FSC, 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) All bookings need to be through FSC for this one day course. Contact Dave for further information about this course. Ideally people attending this course will also attend the course on Smaller Micro-Moths of Worcestershire on Sunday 1st July at the same Bishops Wood FSC Centre-- these 2 courses are designed to complement each other.

T2 - Tuesday, June 19th – Mossland Moths of Early Summer

Whixall Moss 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 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 moths caught on the reserve 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).

FSC4 Sunday July 1st – Smaller Micro-moths of Worcestershire

FSC, Bishops Wood Centre, Worcestershire - This course is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the smaller and harder to identify Micro-moths that we can find at this interesting site with ancient woodland and grassland habitats. The course will focus on identification of all Micro-moths apart from Crambids, Pyralids, Plumes and Tortrixes. For beginners with micro-moths then these are slightly more difficult families to start with, but still worth having a try with and for more advanced recorders will be a good challenge. This course will be held at the FSC, 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) All bookings need to be through FSC for this one day course. Contact Dave for further information about this course. Ideally people attending this course will also have attended the course on Larger Micro-Moths of Worcestershire on Sunday 17th June at the same Bishops Wood FSC Centre-- these 2 courses are designed to complement each other. --- If you live in the Midlands then this course should ideally be followed by course T8 – Leaf-mining Moths at Severn Valley Country Park on September 4th. On that course you will be looking at the leaf-mines caused by larvae of some of the moths you will see on this Smaller Micro-moths Bishops Wood course.

The next 2 courses; T3 and T4 have been organised to be around the same weekend as the two sites are about 40 miles apart, so people not living in East Anglia can book B&B nearby and combine the courses and enjoy the best of Breckland and Coastal moths from 2 very special sites.

T3 – Saturday, July 7th – Breckland Moths

Lakenheath, Suffolk – This course is aimed at people with beginner or intermediate moth identification skills, who want to learn more about the Breckland speciality moths found at nearby Maidscross Hill, which is an exceptional site. The venue for this course is still being confirmed, but the course should go ahead from 10am to 4pm. Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Platytes alpinella, Aroga velocella, Clouded Buff, Lunar Yellow Underwing, White Colon, Plain Wave, Marbled Clover and Tawny Wave might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

T4 - Monday, July 9th – Norfolk Coastal Moths

Holme Dunes NNR, Norfolk - This course 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 6LL and grid ref TF707434), 10am to 4pm, with a chance to examine the moths caught on the reserve the night before. - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential. (Anerastia lotella, Salt-marsh Plume Agdistis bennetii, Plain Pug, Kent Black Arches, Sand Dart, Dog’s Tooth, Shore Wainscot, Lyme Grass, Crescent Striped, Gymnancyla canella, Aristotelia brizella might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

T5 - Saturday July 14th to Sunday July 15th – Moths of North Pennine Wildflower Meadows

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 wildflower meadow moths of the North Pennine uplands in Teesdale. The course will be based in Bowlees Visitor Centre and we will explore nearby meadows in beautiful surroundings. 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 these special North Pennine meadow habitats but might include Ghost and Map-winged Swifts, Denisia similella, Eudonia murana, Broom, Dark Brocade, Lunar Thorn, Northern Spinach and Antler. Every summer we trap different habitat in the area and always turn up something special! Simple accommodation might be possible to arrange for both the Friday and Saturday nights of this weekend – just ask for further details)

FSC5 - Saturday July 21st to Wednesday July 25th – Micro-moths of the Welsh Coast

FSC, Orielton, Pembrokeshire – 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 four day course, based at Orielton Field Studies Centre. (Maximum of 14 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. Within a few miles it should be possible to trap micro-moths in habitats including ancient woodland, reed-bed, coastal sand dunes and sea cliffs and wildflower grasslands. 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.


Checking leaf-mines back in the classroom – FSC Preston Montford on 9/9/17 – the only leaf-mine course in 2018 is T8 at Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire on September 4th

FSC6 - Friday July 27th to Sunday July 29th – Chalk Grassland Moths of the Surrey Downs

FSC, Juniper Hall, Dorking, Surrey – Juniper Hall nestles in a valley of the North Downs close to Box Hill, with a backdrop of woodland and rolling chalk grassland habitats. This 2 day course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about identifying moths from chalk and limestone grassland habitats. Their ecology and habitat needs will also be discussed, particularly looking at what makes these habitats important to a specialist group of moth species. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you. Moth traps will be run each night of the course in nearby chalk grassland habitats, so that participants will get the chance to identify and study these species up close. Maximum of 14 participants – booking essential. All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (Ethmia dodecea, Synaphe punctalis, Oncocera semirubella, Royal Mantle, Festoon and Wood Carpet might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

FSC7 - Friday August 3rd to Monday August 6th – Moths of the Devon Coast

FSC, Slapton Ley, Devon – Moth identification training course for people who want to learn more about the speciality moths of this exceptional coastal area of Devon. 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 three 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; Slapton Ley's wetland, reed-beds, woodland and coastal shingle plus the exciting rocky headland of Prawle Point. This is a residential three day course, based at Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre. (Maximum of 14 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. (Agonopterix rotundella, Galium Carpet, Annulet, Jersey Tiger, Hoary Footman, Devonshire Wainscot, Webb’s Wainscot, Marbled Green and Brussels Lace might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good).

FSC8 - Friday August 10th to Monday August 13th – Micro-moths of East Anglian Wetland & Woodland

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. 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 Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre. (Maximum of 14 participants – booking essential) All bookings need to be through FSC. Contact Dave for further information about this course and how to book. In the surrounding area it should be possible to trap micro-moths in habitats ranging from ancient woodland and reed-bed 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. If attendees want then we can also search nearby excellent habitats for leaf-mining micro-moths.

T6 - Saturday August 18th – Heathland Moths of Late Summer

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire - Moth identification training course for people of all abilities from beginner to much more advanced. This will be looking at speciality heathland moth species caught the night before. At the John O’Leary Centre, Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire (grid ref SK006153 and post code WS12 4PW – this is immediately behind the Marquis Drive, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre NB You will need to pay car park fees for the visitor centre in addition). 10am to 4pm. (Catoptria margaritella, Agriphila latistria, Plain Wave, Barred Chestnut, Neglected Rustic, Heath Rustic, Golden-rod Brindle, Anomalous and Angle-striped Sallow might be among moths seen on this course if weather conditions are good). - Maximum of 15 participants – booking essential.

T7 - Monday August 20th - Ancient Woodland Moths of Late Summer

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), 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. (Ypsolopha nemorella, Barred Chestnut, Devon Carpet, Oak Lutestring, Alder Kitten, Neglected Rustic and 6 species of Thorn including August 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 Wyre Forest Visitor Centre car park for the day.

T8 Tuesday September 4th – Leaf-mining Moths

Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire – Leaf-mines are the eating patterns of small micro-moth caterpillars as they eat their way through the insides of leaves and enable identification based on their patterns. This course will introduce leaf-mines to beginners with this group, but also expand knowledge of more advanced surveyors. There will be some time spent outdoors looking for leaves during the course in the excellent habitat surrounding the visitor centre. The venue will be Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Alveley, Shropshire, (grid ref SO754840 and post code WV15 6NG), 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 – at least 20 species should be recorded and these will also be species not usually recorded in moth traps.) NB You will need to pay car park fees for the site in addition)

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 2018 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 £40 per day in 2018 to cover an increase in cost of booking venues and other expenses. Firm bookings for courses will only be accepted on receipt of a cheque for £40 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 and all Field Studies Council courses will of course be at different rates per day especially where 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 of course 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 at;
www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/natural-history/animals/butterflies-and-moths.aspx
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 hopefully be possible on courses if they contact Dave before the event.

Please book direct with myself, Dave Grundy, by 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 in the post. Do ask if you want more details on any courses;

'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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