Upper Thames: Day Course

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Upper Thames: Day Course
Saturday 17th February 2018, 9.45am-4.00pm
Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, Lakeside, Earley, Reading, Berks

Day course - A free introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording

It helps land managers to know both which species are breeding on any patch, but how their management affects numbers.  So, accurate records you supply can make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife, locally and nationally. Plus, extra knowledge boosts the enjoyment of any walk, even in your own garden.


  • 09.45 - 10.10: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00 - 10:10: Welcome and details of the day
  • 10.10 - 11.15: Identification of the butterflies of Berks, Bucks and Oxon
  • 11.15 - 11.35: A quick butterfly ID quiz during tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 11.35 - 12.30: Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
  • 12.30 - 13.00: Transect recording methodology – why and how
  • 13.00 - 13.30: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch; tea/coffee/biscuits are provided) including a quick moth family quiz
  • 13.30 - 14.30: A practice transect walk
  • 14.30 - 15.10: Conducting timed counts and standardized surveys
  • 15.10 - 15:25: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 15:25 - 15:45: Record submission - and how it helps conservation
  • 15:45 - 16.00: Closing remarks

Places are free and open to non-members of the Upper Thames Branch/Butterfly Conservation, but are subject to availability, so booking is essential - if you wish to attend, please email Nick Bowles at nick.bowles@ntlworld.com. Nick may also be able to help if you are interested in car-sharing.

Venue: Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, Lakeside, Earley, Reading, Berks, RG6 5QE.

For information on how to get to the centre via public transport, please contact the centre at tel: 0118 9868995 and email: Parkrangers@earley-tc.gov.uk.