11/05/2013 09:30
11/05/2013 16:00


Stockyard Education Centre, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Road, London, Middlesex TW12 2EJ


11th May 2013, 9.30am-4pm


£35 per person

Event Description

A one day course that will include examining and identifying the previous night’s moth-trap catch from Bushy Park’s woodland, acid grassland and wetland habitats. In the afternoon we will visit these sites for butterflies, day-flying moths and caterpillar foodplants. Indoor work will include looking at field guides and survey equipment.

Mid-June is a good time to see a broad diversity of some the beautiful and interesting moths which inhabit Bushy Park. Those we expect to find include Small China-mark, Blotched Emerald, Maiden’s Blush, Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Buff-tip, White Ermine, Bird’s Wing and other attractive species.

Tim will set up light-traps in woodland, acid grassland and wetland sites the night before. The live catch will be examined during the morning session with basic tuition on identification using field-guides, voucher specimens, microscope study and PowerPoint presentation in the classroom.
During the afternoon we will walk out in the Park looking at butterflies and day-flying moths. We will note characteristics of the different habitats and their associated flora including caterpillar foodplants.

Weather conditions at the time of the course will be influential on moth-trapping success; every effort will be made to ensure that live moths are available to study on the day.

Tim Freed is a professional lepidopterist with a lifelong interest in this subject. He has carried out surveys in all the Royal Parks, recording over 550 species in Bushy Park in recent years.

About the Organiser

Field Studies Council
Field Studies Council in London uses the evolving and vibrant mix of buildings, spaces and parks around the city to help inspire and educate.

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