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Dorset's Butterflies and Moths

Mon 11 – Fri 15 Jul 2016

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

This special course will explore a number of diverse chalk downland and coastal habitats, rich in butterflies that are active in high summer.  Visits to Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas, Powerstock Common and Lulworth Cove – home to the famed Lulworth skipper will allow you to discover the range of butterflies and day-flying moths in this area. 

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.  Although we can’t predict the weather conditions, to give you an indication of the diversity of species at Kingcombe, on our last course 3 out of the 4 nights we caught in excess of 1 hundred different macro-moth species.  Highlights included the very rare Lappet moth and the Splendid Brocade, which still has less than 150 records in the UK and was first spotted only 17 years ago.  Our proximity to the World Heritage Jurassic coastline allows opportunities to see migrants from North Africa and the Mediterranean.

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’.


£485 pp Residential  -  includes 4 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£325 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 1pm on Monday with an introductory talk and lunch. 

The course will finish at approximately 12pm on Friday with brunch.

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 thoroughly enjoyed the Butterflies and Moths course, and found David a very good course leader: knowledgeable, personable, sensitive to the needs/wishes of the group. Mixing Butterflies and Moths worked well, especially as we were able to do the moth traps when the weather was poor - Simon.

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