Course: Early Summer Butterflies and Moths

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorchester, Dorset
31st May - 4th June 2020 01300320684 Heather Radice

Cost: £354

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Discover the diversity of early summer butterflies and moths across Dorset’s famed landscape of chalk downlands, pastures, woodlands and coast.

This special course will take you to a number of diverse chalk downland and coastal habitats that are rich in butterflies active in early summer. Visits to Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas, Powerstock Common, Lankham Bottom and Lulworth Cove will allow you to discover the range of butterflies and day-flying moths in this area. Early June is a particularly rich time of year with local speciality Marsh Fritillary, Small and Adonis Blue, Forester and Wood Tiger moths all active.

In addition, we will be using moth light traps in the grounds of the Kingcombe Centre to provide an opportunity to learn through identification in addition to illustrated talks. Although we can’t predict the weather conditions, to give you an indication of the diversity of species at Kingcombe, in recent years we have caught in excess of 100 different macro-moth species. Highlights at this time of year include Lobster moth, Small Seraphim, Valerian Pug, Four-dotted Footman and Striped Wainscot.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

There will be a fair amount of walking over relatively rough terrain during the day. Please be prepared for this and for some standing as you listen to discussion points.

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