I can provide a range of training programmes, covering all aspects of Lepidoptera. In the past I've run very successful day sessions, all well as an in-depth 4-day training course. I can offer great flexibility in the content and structure available, catering for the needs of the group. Training typically involves both slideshow talks and live specimen examination, and can be tailored for complete beginners through to more advanced participants. Subjects covered can include Lepidoptera identification, methods of catching moths and butterflies, recording techniques, through to more general themes such as their natural history, ecology and taxonomy. Training courses can focus on butterflies, macro moths or micro moths. More specialist methods of recording such as leaf mines and dissection can be offered. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss the training options available.
Public moth trapping events provide an excellent way for beginners to experience moths, as well as expanding existing knowledge of moth species. All the equipment necessary for public events can be provided, allowing events to be held in virtually any environment. Public events are usually run from dusk until well into the night, allowing participants to see the moths as they arrive at the traps. An alternative arrangement is for events to be held in the morning, allowing examination of the previous night's catch. Public event trapping is typically accompanied by a talk on general natural history and the context behind moth trapping. Talks can also be given as stand-alone sessions for special interest groups, please drop me an email for details. The photo shows me speaking about the moths that live in bird nests at the 2017 UK Moth Recorders' Meeting.
I am available to carry out butterfly and moth surveys for ecological monitoring, or for expanding site species lists. I have experience walking transects and moth trapping in a range of habitats, from coastal sand dunes to mountainous moorland and everything in between. I use a range of equipment and techniques including night and day time sampling allowing for a good understanding of the Lepidoptera fauna at a site.
The image shows examples of materials I've produced to support recording in my area. I produced the document shown in my role as county butterfly recorder with the aim of increasing recording coverage. The resource contains information on species and general recording, as well as providing distribution maps. The document can be read here.