Events

Field Meetings 2019

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)
  • insect repellent
  • something to drink and perhaps a snack to eat

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.

East Budleigh Common
Leader
: Kim Leaver (07889 978223)
Date: Saturday 7 September 2019
Time: 19.00 until late for moth trapping
Location: Meet at SY03838446.
Directions: From Exeter M5 Junction 30 take the A376, after about half a mile take the A3052 towards Sidmouth. After approximately five and a half miles, turn right just after the Halfway Inn onto the B3180 towards Exmouth. Follow this road for about five miles and turn left at the small crossroads which has two brown signs, one pointing left saying Reservoir and the one below pointing right saying Farm Shop. Follow this road through the woodland until it opens up onto the heath.
Notes: The heathland is owned and managed by Devon Clinton Estates and hopefully some of the late summer heath specialist moths will turn up including the Anomalous.
Event in association with: Devon Clinton Estates and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

MOTH NIGHT
Meeth Quarry, nr Hatherleigh
Leader
: Rob Wolton (01837 810416)
Date: Friday 27 September 2019
Time: 19.00 until late for moth trapping
Location: Meet at the Meeth Quarry Devon Wildlife Trust reserve car park at SS539084. 
Directions: The lane leading to the reserve is off the A386, just as you enter Meeth village from the south, marked by a Devon Wildlife Trust sign.
Notes: The target species is Clifden Nonpareil, a stunning moth that has colonised Devon recently as part of a national range extension. Its caterpillars feed on poplars, including aspen, and there are a good number of these trees right next to the car park at Meeth Quarry. Please check DMG website before coming, to check that the date has not been moved to the day before or after (still within Moth Night 2019) because of weather, or ring or email Robert Wolton beforehand ([email protected] 01837 810416). 
Event in association with: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Indoor Meetings 2019-2020

Our winter indoor meetings take place at the Kenn Centre, Kennford, just off the A38 close to Exeter. If the weather is inclement, please check this website of the DMG Facebook page to see if the meeting is going ahead before you travel.

Autumn Indoor meeting

Speaker: Lowell Mills, University of Exeter
Talk: An renewed study of insect prey of the once-common cuckoo, using novel DNA and photograph analyses
Date: Thursday 31 October 2019
Time: 19.30 for a 20.00 start
Location: The Kenn Centre, Kennford
Directions: see www.kenncentre.co.uk