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.

Trinity Hill LNR

Leaders: Kim Leaver (07889 978223)
Date: Saturday 24 June 2017
Time: 21.30 until late
Location: Meet at the car park at SY307959.
Directions: From Honiton follow the A35 for approximately 10.5 miles and just before reaching Raymond’s Hill turn right onto the Trinity Hill road signposted to Combpyne Rousden. After just over half a mile the car park is situated on the right.
Notes: Trinity Hill LNR is an example of lowland heath covering an extensive area bisected by the road. This event is open to the public.
Event in association with: East Devon Countryside Team and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Dunsdon, nr Holsworthy

Leaders: Barry Henwood, Jenny Evans & Steve Threlkeld
Date: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017
Time: 21:00 Saturday for moth trapping, 09:30 Sunday to see moths caught during the night and 11:00 Sunday for a butterfly walk.
Location: Meet at entrance to Dunsdon DWT nature reserve at SS302080 (EX22 7JW).
Directions: From Holsworthy, take the A3072 west towards Bude, after 2.5 miles take a right turn to Pancrasweek. Continue north past Pancrasweek church for about a mile, turn right at the T-junction, through Lana, following the lane round a sharp left bend. The entrance to the Nature Reserve is on the left, just before Gains Cross (grid reference SS302080). There is a large car parking area at the end of the driveway.
Notes: Limited camping will be available but must be booked in advance. No fires permitted and no dogs at the event. Bacon butties will be available to campers for breakfast at a cost of £2.50 a head. A portaloo will be on site. Torches required.
Please book through Steve Threlkeld by phone on 01288 331324 (probably answer phone) or email stating your contact details, how many people are attending which sessions, how many are children, how many tent or van pitches and if having breakfast whether vegetarian or meat eaters. He will then return your call or email to confirm your booking. Numbers limited so early booking is advised.
Event in association with: Devon Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, & Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Andrew’s Wood, Loddiswell

Leaders: Barry Henwood (01626 364080)
Date: Friday 14 July 2017
Time: 21.00 until late
Location: Meet at 21.00 in the Andrew’s Wood car park at SX71315195 (TQ7 4EA).
Directions: FFrom A38, take A3121 turn-off towards Ugborough/Yealmpton, then turn left onto B3196. Go straight across the junction at Kitterford Cross and at California Cross take the left-hand fork beyond the petrol station towards Loddiswell. Carry on to Coldharbour Cross and the car park is about 250m beyond this on the right-hand side.
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, Butterfly Conservation and Devonshire Association.

Poole Farm, Plymouth

Leaders: John Boon (01752 786962 or 07811 243543)
Date: Friday 21 July 2017
Time: 21.00 until late
Location: Meet at 21.00 at Poole Farm, Blunts Lane, Forder Valley, Plymouth at SX503585.
Directions: Approaching Plymouth from Exeter on the A38 take the B3413, Leigham and Estover exit. Approaching the traffic lights move to the middle lane and follow until the exit signed Leigham, Estover. After 1.1 miles, at the traffic lights turn left marked Crownhill. After a short distance there is a minor road on the right signed Plymbridge Lane. Poole Farm is accessed via a track on the left. Approaching from the north on the A386, follow the signs for Plymouth City Centre. Just after the Future Inn on the left take the turning marked Eggbuckland, Leigham, DSS. From this turning Poole Farm is 1.4 miles. At the bottom of a steep hill is the minor turning on the left signed Plymbridge Lane which leads to the Farm.
Notes: There is ample parking in the farm yard. Until recently this was a working farm within the City boundary, but is now owned by Plymouth City Council, and will form part of a wider country park, which is in the process of being created.
Event in association with: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Clennon Valley Lakes, Paignton

Leaders: Sam Stripp (07810 547059) & Debs Rylands (07718 325659)
Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 20.30 until late
Location: Meet at 20.30 at Torbay Leisure Centre car park, Penwill Way, TQ4 5JR, at SX890595.
Directions: Just off the A379 at Goodrington.
Notes: There is plenty of room on site if members want to bring their own moth traps and generators, but please contact one of the leaders beforehand to arrange logistics.
Event in association with: Groundwork, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

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.