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Butterflies and Moths Weekend

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

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Discover the butterflies and moths of early summer in Dorset’s famed landscape of ancient pastures and woodland.

Join us for a weekend discovering the butterflies and moths of the Kingcombe valley and beyond.  With a mixture of field visits and presentations you will have the opportunity to learn about many of the early summer species together with what to look out for as the season progresses.

Marsh Fritillaries are one of the UK’s rarest butterflies which still have a stronghold in Powerstock Common Nature Reserve.  As one of the earlier butterflies to emerge, this weekend will give you a fantastic opportunity to see these in their natural habitat of unimproved grasslands.  Other species you may catch a glimpse of include the Narrow Boarded Bee Hawk moth that utilises the same habitat as the Marsh Fritillary.

In addition, we will be using moth light traps in the grounds of the Kingcombe Centre to provide an opportunity to learn through identification workshops in addition to illustrated talks. 

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.

About the Leader:

David Brown, a former teacher of 20 years experience, has also lectured at Warwick University on Lepidoptera for many years.  He has conducted successful courses for the Field Studies Council and Adult Residential Colleges Association since 1990.  David is the County Moth Recorder for Warwickshire and author of ‘The Larger Moths of Warwickshire’.


£289 pp Residential  -  includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£209 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 6pm on Friday with an introductory talk and dinner. 

The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea.

What to bring: 

You will need; suitable warm outdoor clothing and footwear including wet weather, a rucksack/bag to carry packed lunches and drinks, notepad and pen.

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Comments from previous events:

I enjoyed myself immensely at the Kingcombe Centre on David Brown's Moth Course. Great facilities, accommodation, classroom, lounge etc.  All of the staff I came into contact with were extremely friendly and helpful - Jim.

I enjoyed the Butterfly and Moth Course enormously and can't wait to see what will be on the programme for next year - Dianne.

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