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.
Two of these days are directly relevant to recorders in Wales:
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).
Borth Bog’s Speciality Moths Training Course – Saturday August 17th (T8) - 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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org