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.

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.