Course: An Introduction to Butterflies and Moths

Field Studies Council

Flatford Mill, Colchester, Essex
5th - 7th July 2024

Cost: £245

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology


This beginner course will provide you with the skills to identify British butterflies and moths correctly. Develop an understanding of their ecology and monitoring techniques.

Comprising of over 2 thousand species in Great Britain alone, moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) play a vital role in our ecosystem and are key indicators of climate change and the health of the environment.

This beginners course will introduce you to British butterflies and moths in a practical and enjoyable way. It will highlight their beauty and diversity and allow you to encounter a selection of local species. You will be introduced to Lepidoptera ecology highlighting their survival strategies, monitoring techniques and assistance from an expert on how to correctly identify different species. During the course, you will have the opportunity to set a moth trap allowing you to discover a diverse range of species, including some rare finds!

This course will include:

  • An introduction to the differences between butterflies and moths and the role they play in the ecosystem
  • Help and advice on ways of observing and recording moths using light sampling techniques
  • Practical workshops to sharpen identification skills

Course timings are Friday: 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Saturday: 9:00am - 7:00pm. Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm.Accommodation and meals are not included.

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book. (Other dates and locations are available).


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