I am happy to speak to a wide range of audiences about anything related to Lepidoptera. I am flexible regarding content; please contact me for details. In the past I have given talks on my work as county butterfly recorder; provided an introduction to British moths; and presented my research. The photo shows me speaking at the 2017 UK Moth Recorders' Meeting. I can also organise public moth trapping events. Events usually run from dusk until well into the night. Alternatively, they can be held in the morning, allowing examination of the previous night's catch. Public events are typically accompanied by a talk on general natural history and the context behind moth trapping.
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 flexibility in the content and structure available, catering to the needs of any group. Training typically involves both slideshow presentations and live specimen examination, and can be tailored for complete beginners through to more advanced participants. Topics can include Lepidoptera identification, methods of catching moths and butterflies, through to more general themes such as their natural history, ecology and conservation. Training courses can focus on butterflies, macro or micro moths. More specialist methods such as leaf mine recording and genitalia dissection can be offered.
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 daytime 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. In my role as county butterfly recorder, I wrote this digital atlas 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.