List of forthcoming training courses  and presentations.

Lots more excellent training courses are available from the Field Studies Council, and for more formal training in biological recording see Manchester Metropolitan University.

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July 2017

Introduction to moths

July 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This course provides an introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. Many moths are brightly coloured and distinctive, while others are less easy to identify. This course will help you sort out the different families and groups, and learn how to find and record them. We will demonstrate moth traps, and look for day-active species. Course for BBOWT "Develop Your Skills" series. Please contact BBOWT for details.

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Introduction to Butterflies in the Chilterns

July 15 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Amersham, HP7 0QR United Kingdom + Google Map

A wide variety of butterfly species can be found in the attractive grasslands and woodlands of the Chilterns. We will help you recognise the different species, learn how they depend on their habitats, and find out how you can help conserve them.

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Introduction to London’s Butterflies

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Bushy Park, The Stockyard, Bushy Park
London, United Kingdom
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Butterflies are beautiful and fascinating creatures, and good indicators of the health of the environment. Around 30 species are resident in London, with others turning up as occasional migrants. This course provides an introduction to butterfly natural history, identification and conservation, using a mix of indoor activities and presentations, plus fieldwork observing butterflies in the varied habitats at Bushy Park.

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£250 - £380

An Introduction to Moths and Butterflies

July 28 @ 4:00 pm - July 31 @ 4:00 pm
FSC Slapton Ley, TQ7 2QP United Kingdom + Google Map

Slapton is an ideal location for the study of butterflies and moths. The wide variety of habitats – woodland, reedbed, maritime grassland and coastal cliffs – will allow us to see some of the most attractive moths and butterflies in a range of beautiful locations. This course will appeal to anyone wishing to know more about them, and will cover how to identify the different species, their varied life-cycles and natural history, and how to help record and conserve them.

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September 2017

Introduction to Autumn Moths

September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm
FSC Amersham, HP7 0QR United Kingdom + Google Map

Autumn is the season when some very attractive moths are flying, some of which have beautiful colours to match the falling leaves. This one-day course provides an introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. The afternoon will be a mix of presentations and activities (classroom and field-based) whilst the evening session will be spent moth-trapping around the Centre as darkness falls. NOTE TIMES: 2pm–10.30pm

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October 2017

Pantheon workshop

October 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
FSC Preston Montford, Preston Montford Field Centre, Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX United Kingdom
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A workshop arranged for the Shropshire Spider Group by the Tomorrow's Biodiversity project. Pantheon ( is an analytical tool developed by Natural England and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) to enable invertebrate species to be linked to the habitats and resources that they require. (Free for members of Shropshire Spider Group, contact the organisers to see if additional places are available.)

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December 2017

Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

December 2 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
FSC Epping Forest, IG10 4AF United Kingdom + Google Map

Hoverflies, houseflies, fruit flies, soldierflies, bee-flies, craneflies, and more: flies are all around us, but are often overlooked or even actively discouraged. This course will provide an introduction to identifying Diptera, using photos, specimens and microscopes to explore different fly families and learn how to recognise them.

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