Identifying Butterflies and Moths

Comprising over 2 thousand different species in Great Britain, butterflies and moths play a vital role in our ecosystem.

This course will highlight their beauty and diversity and introduce you to a selection of local species, providing information and assisting with identification. We will begin with a basic introduction to the ecology of Lepidoptera, highlighting survival strategies including camouflage and mimicry. This will be supplemented with field techniques, light trapping methods and species identification.

The course will include:

  • An introduction to butterflies and moths and the role they play in the ecosystem.
  • Field visit to study the ecology of local species and habitats.
  • Monitoring of moths and light sampling techniques.
  • Practical workshops to sharpen identification skills.

Some of the field sessions may be on uneven ground. The walks will be less than 2 miles, so a basic level of fitness is required.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 8 and 16 participants.

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Please note, the fee is for tuition and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at FSC Preston Montford, please call 01743 852040.

How to Apply

Book online here.

Please mention when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

20th August 2021 at 6:00pm




Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Nature & Wildlife


FSC Preston Montford, United Kingdom