Introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording

Atlas of Butterflies in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire

Atlas of Butterflies in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire

The Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation are hosting a free training session on Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording.

It helps land managers to know both which species are breeding on any patch, but how their management affects numbers.  So, accurate records you supply can make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife, locally and nationally. Plus, extra knowledge boosts the enjoyment of any walk, even in your own garden.

Date: 30 March 2019
Venue: Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor centre, H7, Chaffron Way, Milton Keynes, MK4 3GG

Programme(for each day) 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 – 11.15 Identification of the butterflies of Berks., Bucks. & Oxon.
11.15 – 11.35 A quick butterfly i.d. quiz during tea/coffee and biscuits
11.35 – 12.30 Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification and recording.
12.30 – 13.00 Transect recording methodology– why and how
13.00 – 13.30  Lunch (please bring a packed lunch) tea/coffee and biscuits are provided and including  a quick moth family quiz.
13.30 – 14.30 Practice transect walk
14.30 – 15.10 Conducting timed count and standardised surveys
15.10 – 15.25  Tea/coffee and biscuits
15.25 – 15.45 Record submission – and how it helps conservation
15.45   Closing remarks and departure

If you wish to attend either day please

Please do not attend without pre-booking. Places are free* to members and non-members of UTB/BC; subject to availability. Applicants must be able to explain how they will increase their recording after the course.  All presentations can be provided to attendees’ memory sticks but are too large to send by email.         *donations welcome