Fantastic talk by @diarsia at @savebutterflies #BCAGM: county butterfly recorder since the age of 15, mothing on mountains & giving his parents bird fleas!

Dr D. Hoare, Butterfly Conservation AGM & Members' Day attendee [via Twitter], November 2017

moth identification training course

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

MMG public moth event

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 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