An introduction to Butterfly & Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording - 25th February 2020
Join Nick Bowles from Butterfly Conservation to learn how to identify, survey and record British butterflies and moths.
Accurate records can make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife, locally and nationally. It helps land managers to know both which species are breeding on any patch, and how their management affects numbers.
The aim of the workshop is to increase both the accuracy and frequency of butterfly and moth recording in the Upper Thames Region.
You will also gain extra knowledge to boost the enjoyment of any observation whilst out walking or even just in your own garden.
(please bring a packed lunch and a USB memory stick for copies of the materials (requires 170MB free space)
Programme subject to minor change to reflect weather.
09.45 doors open; tea and coffee available.
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and details of the day
10.10 - 11.25 Identification of the butterflies of Berks., Bucks. & Oxon. – slide show with tips about the salient features to note.
11.25 - 11.45 Butterfly i.d. quiz –a paper quiz - during tea/coffee/biscuits
11.45 - 12.30 Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification and recording. Slide show describing briefly the family traits that enable rapid selection of the group within which any moth might be found.
12.30 - 13.00 Transect recording methodology– why and how a slide show explaining the ‘rules’ and guidance.
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch (tea/coffee/biscuits) including a moth family quiz a paper quiz
13.30 – 14.40 Practice transect walk (outdoor) please come prepared for a wintery walk searching for and recording pretend butterflies. We might walk in morning if weather forecast suggests it appropriate.
14.40 – 15.10 Conducting timed count and standardised surveys an explanation of the differences between these and transect methodology
15.10 - 15.25 Tea/coffee/biscuits
15.25 – 15.40 Record submission - and how it helps conservation slide show
15.40 – 16.00 Questions, closing remarks and departure
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself. Refreshments are provided on the day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.
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