Excellent talk by @diarsia on his amazing undergraduate project on moths in bird nests!
Ms C. Pritchard, UK Moth Recorders' Meeting attendee [via Twitter], January 2017
In 2014, members of the Montgomeryshire Field Society were truly privileged in securing Douglas Boyes as the provider of 4 days training in
'The Identification of Butterflies and Moths', over 4 consecutive summer months. From his first introduction to the group, it was clear that he was keen to deliver whatever
was of most use to us, and to cater for both beginners and 'improvers'.
His Powerpoint presentations, illustrating the main British macro moth families and butterfly
species, were reinforced by an excellent day's field trip. He provided plenty of opportunities to identify recently trapped moths over the four months, alerting us to the
different flight seasons of a wide range of both macro and micro moths. He also covered habitats, lifecycles, anti-predation and overwintering strategies, conservation
efforts and the importance of recording results, both nationally and as ‘citizen scientists’.
His desire to share his huge depth of knowledge, based on more moth-trapping
and researching than most people could contemplate, coupled with his enthusiasm, patience, excellent 'people skills' and delightful sense of humour, ensured that every member
of the group became inspired and highly motivated.
His professionalism and friendly, easy-going approach to what we all agreed had been a highly informative and above all enjoyable course, is
something we will always remember. His incredible passion for his subject is infectious, and the increased number of eager moth and butterfly recorders in the county is a
direct result of his first-class training expertise.
A truly exceptional young man, with a real flair for his subject and the skills to share this with those lucky
enough to meet him.
Mrs S. Southam, Montgomeryshire Field Society
Wow! Impressive talk from @diarsia on increasing recording effort in Montgomeryshire
Dr C. Bulman, National Butterfly Recorders' Meeting attendee [via Twitter], March 2016
Douglas has been an invaluable member of the MMG ( Montgomeryshire Moth Group) since 2010. Over the next few years his aptitude and drive to learn everything about moths
was quite remarkable – his skills have now extended to identifying leaf mining species and genitalia determination; indeed, I could now easily be a student of his!
During the last seven years Douglas has been a stalwart member of our mothing group and has always turned up for all our mothing events; no matter what the weather conditions
he was there to be relied upon; he is definitely a ‘lynch pin’ member of the group. He is always on hand to members of the public who turn up, giving advice and help
concerning ID issues in a friendly and knowledgeable way.
To sum up,I would say that anyone who uses his new venture which offers comprehensive moths and butterflies services
would be very fortunate indeed to have found such a dedicated person, and, I would not hesitate for one moment in recommending him to anyone.
Mr P. Williams, VC47 county moth recorder
Thanks so much for putting together such an awesome session, I learnt LOADS! Really looking forward to the trapping.
Ms V. Rose, participant in the Oxford Moth Project [via Twitter], June 2015