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.

CANCELLED Spring Indoor meeting

Speaker: Barry Henwood, Devon Moth Group
Talk: Getting to grips with grubs – the Field Guide to the Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland
Date: Thursday 26 March 2020

Field Meetings 2020

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.

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

Leaders: Paul Butter (01297 442290)
Date: Friday 8th May 2020 / Saturday 9th May
Time: 20.00 on Friday 8th for moth recording and/or 10.00 on Saturday 9th to inspect the catch.
Location: Meet at 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 2km 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

Mutters Moor, Sidmouth

Leaders: Kim Leaver (07889 978223)
Date: Saturday 20th June 2020
Time: 21.30 until late.
Location: Meet in the car park at SY10968724.
Directions: From The Esplanade, Sidmouth B3176 take Peak Hill Road westwards for about one and a quarter mile, the free car park is on the right at the top of the hill.
Notes: The reserve is a mixture of lowland heath, scrub and coniferous woodland. The site is owned by Clinton Devon Estates and jointly managed with the RSPB.

Warleigh Point, nr Plymouth

Leaders: Barry Henwood (01626 364080)
Date: Friday 31st July 2020
Time: 21.00 until late.
Location: Meet at Warleigh Point nature reserve at SX450608 (PL5 2SL).
Directions: From A386 Tavistock Road in Plymouth, take the B3373 to Tamerton Foliot. The turning to the reserve, Station Road, is the third on the left after Tamerton Foliot church.
Notes: If the weather looks unsettled please contact the leader by 18.30 to check the event is still happening.

Andrew’s Wood, Loddiswell

Leaders: Barry Henwood (01626 364080)
Date: Friday 7th August 2020
Time: 20.45 until late.
Location: Meet in the Andrew’s Wood carpark at SX713519.
Directions: From 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.

Bolberry Down

Leaders: Dave Gibbon (01752 666231)
Date: Saturday 26th September 2020
Time: 19.00 until late.
Location: Meet in the National Trust Car Park Bolberry Down at SX689384.
Directions: Take the A381 towards Salcombe and turn right at Malborough. Go through the village and take a right-hand turn signposted Bolberry.
Notes: The target species for this meeting is the nationally rare Beautiful Gothic, as well as other cliff top/maritime heath moths such as Northern Rustic. This meeting is being held with the kind permission of the National Trust Salcombe Project.