2018 Field Meetings

Moth trapping evenings are great fun and an excellent way to learn more about moths and see new species, as well as improving our knowledge of Devon’s moths. However, events take place outside in the dark and there are a few things that you will need to bring so that you have a safe and comfortable evening.

  • a torch is essential (don’t forget to check the batteries are not running low)
  • warm clothing (even if it is a hot day, it can get chilly after dark)
  • suitable footwear (please ask if you are unsure what is suitable for a particular event)
  • something to drink and perhaps a snack to eat
  • insect repellent

Please try to arrive at the advertised time, take care of your own personal safety and listen to the short introductory briefing, by the event organiser, about any hazards in the area such as electric cables, slippery paths etc. Children are most welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 16. If you have any queries before the event please contact the leader.

Orcombe Point, Exmouth

Leaders: Kim Leaver (07889 978223)
Date: Saturday 26th May 2018
Time: 21.00 until late
Location: Meet on the South West Coast Path at SY01947972.
Directions: From Exmouth drive east along Queens Drive, past the lifeboat station on the right, and at the roundabout about 100 yards further on turn right onto Foxholes Road. Follow this road around the sharp hairpin bend and then park on the road next to the large green area on the right. Walk a little way up the road and turn right down the footpath between the 2nd and 3rd bungalow continue to the t junction and turn right. A short distance along this road you will come to a grass area on the right, follow the footpath down across this green where you will join the South West Footpath, turn left and follow the path until you reach the trapping site. The total distance is approx half a mile.
Notes: Please note a torch will be required for the return walk.
Event in association with: The National Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Warleigh Point nature reserve, nr Plymouth

Leaders: Barry Henwood (01626 364080)
Date: Friday 1st June 2018
Time: 21.00 until late
Location: Meet at Warleigh Point nature reserve SX450608 (PL5 2SL)
Directions: From A386 Tavistock Road in Plymouth, take the B3373 to Tamerton Foliot. The turning for the reserve, Station Road, is the third road on the left after Tamerton Foliot church. Follow the road along the edge of the estuary until it ends at the reserve.
Notes: If the weather looks unsettled please contact the leader by 18.30 to check the event is still happening.
Event in association with: Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation and the Devonshire Association.

MOTH NIGHT 2018: Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

Leaders: Paul Butter (01297 442290)
Date: Friday June 15th June 2018
Time: 21.30 until late and/or 10.00 on Saturday 16th June to inspect the catch
Location: Meet at the Norman Lockyer Observatory at SY139883.
Directions: From the A3052, turn onto Fortescue Road on the outskirts of Sidford, near the Blue Ball pub. After 2 km turn left up Salcombe Hill Road towards the Observatory.
Notes: The observatory is on high ground in an area of minimal light pollution and surrounded by mixed woodland about 1km from the coast so should produce an interesting suite of species.
Event in association with: Norman Lockyer Observatory, Devon Branch of Butterfly Conservation and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Great Torrington Commons

Leaders: Rob Wolton (01837 810416 or 07506 141390)
Date: Saturday 7th July 2018
Time: 21.00 until late
Location: Meet at the car park at the Old Bowling Green at the top of Station Hill at SS485193.
Directions: The meeting point is on the A386 main road through Great Torrington, just as you leave the town heading towards Bideford.
Notes: The target species will be the Scarce Merveille du Jour.
Event in association with: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, courtesy of the Torrington Commons Conservators.

White Bridge, Budleigh Salterton

Leaders: Kim Leaver (07889 978223)
Date: Saturday 21st July 2018
Time: 21.00 until late
Location: Meet at South Farm Road at SY07368302.
Directions: Driving towards Budleigh Salterton from Colaton Raleigh on the B3178, turn left just after the 30 MPH signs and virtually opposite the first house on the right as you enter Budleigh. Almost immediately turn left again into South Farm Road. Continue until you can see the bridge which crosses the River Otter. Park up on the right before the bridge.
Event in association with: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Buckland Abbey, near Yelverton

Leaders: Dave Gibbon (01752 666231 and 07904129309)
Date: Saturday 11th August 2018
Time: 20.30 until late
Location: Meet in the Buckland Abbey National Trust car at SX490667.
Directions: FTurn west off A386 just south of Yelverton and follow the brown road signs for Buckland Abbey.
Notes: This is a large estate of woodland and parkland with scope for many traps and easy access along metalled tracks.
Event in association with: The National Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.