2017 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. Before travelling, it is always advisable to check in advance with the leader that the field meeting is going ahead as planned, especially if the weather is inclement. If you have any queries before the event please contact the leader.

Yarner Wood, East Dartmoor NNR

Leaders: Barry Henwood (01626 364080)
Date: Saturday 5 August 2017
Time: 09.00 to examine moth traps set the previous evening
Location: Meet at 09.00 at the Woodland Centre, Yarner Wood at SX78227835.
Directions: Follow brown signs to East Dartmoor NNR from Bovey Tracey on B3344 to Manaton for approx. 2 miles. East Dartmoor NNR entrance is signed on left.
Notes: Moth Group members who wish to join Barry trapping on the Friday night should contact him in advance.
Event in association with: Devon Wildlife Trust, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, Butterfly Conservation and Devonshire Association.

Wembury Point nr Plymouth

Leaders: Dave Gibbon (01752 666231 and 07904129309) and John Boon
Date: Friday 8th September 2017
Time: 19.30 until late
Location: Meet at Wembury Point National Trust Car Park at SX503487.
Directions: From A38, turn off at Deep Lane and follow signs for Plymstock/Elburton. From Elburton Cross (A379), take Wembury Road then turn left at crossroads. Then fork right at Staddiscombe (petrol station) and follow 2 miles to end of Spring Road.
Notes: By kind permission of The National Trust. Potentially a good site and date for immigrant moths. If the weather looks unsettled please contact the leader by 18.30 to check the event is still happening.
Event in association with: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

MOTH NIGHT 2017 Hakeford Farm, Chelfham, nr Barnstaple

Leaders: Paul Butter (07807 680455)
Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Time: 19.00 until late
Location: Meet at Hakeford Farm at SS614355.
Directions: From Barnstaple take Bear Street at traffic lights on A39 signed Goodleigh. This becomes Goodleigh Road when you continue out of town. Continue on through Snapper until you come to the magnificent Chelfham Viaduct on your right. Turn right and Hakeford is about 500m on the left. If coming from the A361 North Devon Link road take the A399 at the roundabout through Brayford . Continue a mile or two and round a sharp right bend and another mile at the crossroads take the left to Bratton Fleming. Continue through Bratton and continue until you see the Chelfham Viaduct on your left and turn left here. Hakeford is 500 m on the left.
Notes: This is a DMG only event and there is parking for 5-6 cars. If the weather looks unsettled please contact the leader by 14.00 to check the event is still happening.
Event in association with: The Brookwood Trust.