BUTTERFLIES AND MOTH
                              RESIDENTIAL COURSES IN GREAT BRITAIN 2012
David Brown conducts a number of residential courses throughout the year at various centres. All are
suitable for both beginners or those with previous knowledge.

Each course includes:

                    Illustrated talks with slides.
                    Help on identification, methods of observation and recording Lepidoptera.
                    A study of life histories, habitats etc
                    Daytime walks in the countryside to a variety of habitats to observe day flying Moths.
                    Observation lights operated at night to attract a variety of moths for study prior to release.

SCOTLAND                          Kindrogan Field Centre, Perthshire

A comfortable Victorian house set in a beautiful highland glen and surrounded by ancient woodland.
Electric observation lights will be operated from the centre to attract a variety of moths and
there will be daytime visits to study the Highland Specialities, Rannoch Sprawler, Rannoch Brindled
Beauty, in April and Scotch Argus, Plain Clay and Cousin German in August.
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2 -7 April 2012                               (Monday – Saturday)
Fee £340                                      Includes tuition and full board
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18 – 25 August 2012                           (Saturday – Saturday)
Fee £475                                      Includes tuition and full board

Apply to:
Kindrogan Field Centre
Perthshire PH10 7PG                           Tel: 01250 870150


This centre occupies a dramatic setting at 300m on a south facing slope of Blencathra near
Keswick. Observation lights will be operated in the grounds and also at Witherslack near Grange
over Sands. There will be excursions to see Marsh Fritillary, Pearl Bordered and Small Pearl-
Bordered Fritillary and Duke of Burgundy Fritillary.
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1 – 7 June 2012                               (Friday – Thursday)
Fee £390                                      Includes tuition and full board

Apply to:
Blencathra Field Centre
CA12 4 SG                                     Tel: 01768 779601

WALES         Snowdonia National Park centre

A beautiful mansion set in wooded hillsides near Snowdon - an excellent location for butterflies and
moths. Very comfortable accommodation and good food.
16 – 20th July 2012               (Monday - Friday)
Fee £297 basic                    Includes tuition and full board
£337 en suite

Apply to:
Plas Tan y Bwlch
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Gwynedd LL41 3YU                  Tel: 0871 8714004

LANCASHIRE        Alston Hall

Alston Hall is a relaxing centre with lawns and well-wooded grounds overlooking the Ribble Valley.
Electric light traps will be operated to attract a variety of species. There will be a daytime visit to a
coastal habitat to study the nationally scarce Belted Beauty and its fascinating ecology. In addition
there will be visits to Witherslack and Beetham to study the nationally scarce Barred Tooth-Striped.
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16 – 19 April 2012                        (Monday to Thursday)
Approximate fee £340              Includes tuition and full board

Apply to:
Alston Hall
Alston Lane
Preston PR3 3BP                           Tel: 01772 784661

LINCOLNSHIRE          Gibraltar Point Field Station

A rich location for butterflies and moths with large areas of sand dunes, salt and freshwater
marshes and woodland.
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13 – 15 July 2012                 (Weekend course)
Fee £160                          Includes tuition and full board

Apply to:
The Bookings Secretary
Wash Study Centre
Gibraltar Road
Skegness PE24 4SU                 Tel: 01754 898057

SOMERSET         Halsway Manor

A delightful Tudor manor house which nestles in the western folds of the Quantock Hills and has
magnificent views across Exmoor. Electric light traps will be operated in the wooded grounds.
There will be daytime excursions to study Heath Fritillary and Large Blue. (Participants will be
asked to help with transport.)
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18 – 22 June 2012                (Monday – Friday)
Fee £330 en suite
£302 Non en suite                Includes tuition and full board

Apply to:
Halsway Manor,
TA4 4BD                          Tel: 01984 618274

SHROPSHIRE Preston Montford Field Centre

The centre stands within its own grounds flanked by a quiet stretch of the River Severn and
containing good habitats for moths. Special locations within the area include Prees Heath, The
Longmynd and Oswestry Uplands.
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6 – 10 August 2012               (Monday – Friday)
Fee £374                         Includes Tuition and full board

Apply to:
Preston Montford Field Centre
Montford Bridge
Shrewsbury SY4 1DX               Tel: 0845 3307378

YORKSHIRE         Malham Tarn Field Centre

The Centre stands high up in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a peaceful woodland setting
beneath dramatic cliffs and overlooking Malham Tarn. The centre buildings are Georgian or
Victorian in origin and recent refurbishments have improved accommodation and facilities
significantly. Moth species could include Haworth's Minor, Confused, Anomalous, Red Carpet and
Gold Spangle. There will be a visit to Arnside Knott to study High Brown Fritillary and Scotch Argus.
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23 – 27 July 2012                (Monday to Friday)
Fee £480

Apply to:
Malham Tarn Field Centre
North Yorkshire BD24 9PU         Tel: 01729 830331

DORSET Swanage

Leeson House is situated in its own extensive grounds in the village of Langton Matravers,
Swanage. This area has many nationally interesting species of moths, not to mention the great
potential for migrants. Moth traps will also be operated at Studland during each week. Suitable
daytime weather during late August could produce second generation Adonis Blues, Brown Argus
and Clouded Yellows on Ballard Down. Leeson House is an early nineteenth century home
providing comfortable accommodation.
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27 31 August 2012 (Monday to Friday)
Fee £320

Fees include tuition and full board – good quality evening meals, packed lunches and continental

Apply to:
David Brown
Jackson's Lawn
Warwick CV35 9EW              Tel: 01789 840295
(Cheques payable to David Brown) Mobile: 07977 379330

DORSET Kingcombe Centre                                                           (Fully Booked*)

Kingcombe Centre nestles in a remote west Dorset valley in the peaceful hamlet of Lower
Electric light traps will be operated each night to attract a diversity of species. The centre is
surrounded by Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, a rich site for Marsh Fritillary. There will be a
field visit to Lankham Bottom to study Wood Tiger and both Forester and Cistus Forester, plus a
special expedition to Collard Hill to see the Large Blue.
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11 – 15 June 2012 (Monday to Friday)
Fee £370

Kingcombe Centre

* Although this course is fully booked it is hoped to be offered again in 2013.


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