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.

Dawlish Warren
: Kim Leaver (07889 978223)
Date: Saturday 20 July 2019
Time: 21.00 until late for moth trapping
Location: Meet at the Dawlish Warren car park at SX980787 (postcode EX7 0NF). 
Directions: Turn off the A379 into Warren Road on the outskirts of Dawlish, following signs for Dawlish Warren. After you drive through the small tunnel under the railway line, turn left into the public car park and drive to the very far end. We will meet at the wooden gate on the right hand side at this end of the car park.
Notes: The reserve is a mixture of grassland and sand dunes and is owned and managed by Teignbridge District Council.
Event in association with: Devon Biodiversity Records Centre and Teignbridge District Council.

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
: Paul Butter (01297 442290)
Date: Friday 26 July 2019 / Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 21.30 until late on 26th for moth recording and/or 10.00 on 27th 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. Toilet facilities are available and it is possible to camp overnight in the grounds.
Event in association with: Norman Lockyer Observatory and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

Plymbridge Woods, near Plymouth
: Dave Gibbon (01752 666231 and 07904 129309) and Chris Acraman
Date: Saturday 24 August 2019
Time: 20.30 until late for moth trapping
Location: Meet at Plymbridge Woods National Trust car park at SX523586 on the Plympton side of the river.
Directions: From A38 Marsh Mills roundabout take B3416 into Plympton, follow to roundabout and turn left into Glen Road and then left again at next roundabout onto Plymbridge Road. Follow to end of road.
Notes: Plenty of room for DMG members to bring their own equipment to a varied habitat of ancient woodland and riverside meadow.
Event in association with: This is an open public meeting held jointly with the National Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.

East Budleigh Common
: 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.

Meeth Quarry, nr Hatherleigh
: 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.