Introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification Surveying & Recording

Small Copper butterfly at Small Copper at Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve, Shropshire

Small Copper butterfly by Peter Hassett

The Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation are running a free introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification Surveying & Recording.

“It helps land managers to know not only which species are breeding on any patch, but how their management affects numbers. So, records you supply will make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife locally and nationally. Plus, such extra knowledge will boost your enjoyment of any walk, even in your own garden.”

All session run from 10.00 – 17.00 on the following dates:

Sunday 12 March 2017
Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, Lakeside, Earley, Reading, Berks. RG6 5QE.

Sunday 26 March 2017
Howe Park Wood Education & Visitor centre, H7, Chaffron Way, Milton Keynes, MK4 3GG

Sunday 09 April 2017
SCEEC, Sutton Courtenay, near Didcot, Oxon. OX14 4TE

Programme (for each day)

09.45 – 10.15   tea/coffee and biscuits
10.15 – 11.15  Identification of the butterflies of Berks., Bucks. & Oxon.
11.15 -11.30  tea/coffee and biscuits
11.30 – 11.45   a quick butterfly i.d. quiz
11.45 – 12.30   Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
12.30 – 13.10   Conducting timed count and standardised surveys
13.10 – 13.45 lunch (please bring a packed lunch) tea/coffee and biscuits are provided
13.45 – 15.30  Transect recording – why and how
15.30 – 15.45  a quick moth family quiz
15.45 – 16.00   tea/coffee and biscuits
16.00 – 16.30   Record submission – and how it helps conservation
16.30 – 16.45   closing remarks

If you wish to attend either day please email

– all places are free and open to non-members of UTB/BC but are subject to availability. So, please do not plan to attend without pre-booking.