Field Meetings 2022

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)
• UV protective glasses and/or peaked cap (you may wish to bring these as the light from the moth traps is very bright)
• 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 Friday 20th May 2022 Yarner Wood
Leader: Richard Fox (07711 657322)
Meet at 20:30 at Yarner Wood Woodland Centre at SX78227835. This event forms part of the UK Moth Night taking place 19-21 May with the theme of “woodland”. Take the B3387 west from Bovey Tracey but ignore the left fork for Haytor and stay on the minor road following brown signs for Becky Falls and East Dartmoor. Main entrance to Yarner Wood is signposted as East Dartmoor NNR on the left hand side after a mile or so. Drive slowly down the lane past the houses on the right and take the left fork up the hill towards the Woodland Centre. This is a forest track but suitable for most vehicles. There is a large car park at the Woodland Centre, toilets and plenty of space along woodland rides for people to set moth-traps. If the weather forecast is terrible for the Friday night, then we will likely hold the event on Saturday night instead – please check with the leader before travelling if there is any doubt.

Friday 27th May 2022 Grendon Farm
Leader: Barry Henwood (01626 364080)
Meet at 21:00 at Grendon Farm at SX685780. Parking is by the farmhouse.
This is an East Shallowford Trust moth recording event held in association with Devon Moth Group, Butterfly Conservation and the Devonshire Association. A maximum of 20 people can attend and advance booking is essential by email to [email protected]

Saturday 4th June 2022 Stray Park, Yealmpton
Leader: Dave Gibbon (01752 666231)
Meet at 21.00 at Stray Park south of the main road through Yealmpton at SX577515. Vehicular access along a track at the end of road named Stray Park. Turn south off the A379 then right and right again to the end of the cul-de-sac to find the track into the park. Space only for five vehicles, so please book in advance with the leader.

Saturday 6th August 2022 Bellever
Leader: Barry Henwood (01626 364080) and Paul Rendell
Meet at 20:15 at Bellever Forest car park SX656772 (parking is free).
This is a Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust moth recording event held in association with Devon Moth Group, Forestry England, Butterfly Conservation and the Devonshire Association. There will be a 20 minute walk to the site along a rough track. Please make sure you bring a good torch as it will be dark for the return walk. A maximum of 20 people can attend and advance booking is essential by email to [email protected]