The course will instruct moth identification and ecology through slide presentations. This will help you work through the defining features of micro and macro moths and particularly identifying their families.
Possibly the most important part of the course will be the hands on identification of live moths by participants with assistance from the tutor, other participants and books provided.
The course will target species of wetland habitats, but many other species from nearby habitats will also be seen and these will be studied alongside wetland moths.
Also with all moths caught, where possible, time will be allowed for participants to photograph them at the end of each day of the course.
Tutor: Dave Grundy is an experienced naturalist and wildlife consultant specialising in bird, butterfly and moth surveying. He has a particular interest in micro moths and regularly leads training courses and public events in this Lepidoptera group, as well as in other natural history subjects Since 2003 he has organised and administered the Garden Moth Scheme, which now covers over 300 gardens across Britain and Ireland. The scheme monitors changes in the fortunes of common moth species and uses the data as indicators of environmental change.
Cost: £330 (resident)
Venue: Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
For more information, or if you would like to book a place, please visit the Field Studies Council website.