Butterfly ID Training
21 July 2018, 10:00 - 15:00 (Add to calendar)
This training day will give you the chance to learn how to identify common butterflies of the UK, with hands on experience in the field. The day will also consist of learning how to manage a variety of habitats to provide ideal conditions to encourage butterflies and other pollinators.
The day will start with us going through a moth trap, learning the different parts of Lepidoptera anatomy and seeing the often hidden gems that are nocturnal pollinators. We will then discuss the key ID features of 20 different common species, before touching on how to ID rare species. After lunch we will walk across our restored species-rich grassland, putting the theory into practice, looking out for the butterflies that call the site home. This will also provide us with a chance to discuss how we manage the habitats of the reserve to conserve and encourage a wide variety of butterflies.
The day does involve walking up steep, often muddy ground. So a level of physical ability is needed.
Wellies or stout footwear will be needed. Bring lunch. We will provide hot drinks and some refreshments. Bring binoculars if you have them.