Please contact the organiser (or via John Ward or Mark Hammond) to check that the event is going ahead before you set off, especially if the weather looks unsuitable. Trips may be postponed or cancelled at very short notice.
Night time moth trapping sessions will convene shortly before dusk (unless otherwise stated below). The organisers will remain at the stated meeting point for approximately 15 minutes after the time listed below. As most events involve driving from this meeting point into the site, we cannot guarantee access after that time.
A full list of species recorded will be placed on this site shortly after each trip. Click on each "Location" to view these as links become active.
Please note: Our field events take place mostly at night, outside, and involve 240v/13 amp electrical equipment running mercury vapour lamps. As the bulbs can run at high temperatures there is a very small chance that they may explode and cause injury to persons near to the equipment. Furthermore due to the sometimes rough and uneven terrain on the sites that we are surveying there is a potential risk of injury as a result of tripping, falling or colliding with unseen objects, etc. The group and organisers accept no responsibility for accidents that occur on the trips and all persons attending field meetings do so entirely at their own risk. We also give no guarantee that a qualified first-aider will be present at any field meeting. The organisers usually carry a mobile telephone but reception may be poor or absent depending on the site. Please remember to bring a torch and wear suitable footwear and warm clothing. Children are welcome, but we must ask that an adult supervise them at all times. We hope that anyone interested in moths will give us a try and look forward to seeing you at any of the following events.
|Day & Date||Location||Meeting Point & Time||Organiser||Target Species|
|Saturday 9th April||Castor Hanglands||TF125017 at 7:30pm||John Ward||Mottled Grey & Barred Tooth-striped (last recorded at Castor Hanglands on 18/4/1986)|
|Saturday 30th April||Collyweston Deeps||TF005036 (pull-in on opposite side of road) at 8:15pm||Philip Horsnail||Northern Drab (last recorded at this site on 20/4/1993) and a search for Lappet larvae on the old blackthorns|
|Friday 6th May||Salcey Forest||SP803511 opposite entrance to Salcey Lawn - at 8:15pm||Mark Hammond||Marbled Pug & Scarce Prominent|
|Friday 10th June||Twywell Hills & Dales||Reserve car park SP937772 at 8:30pm||Mark Hammond||Light Feathered Rustic and The Four-spotted|
|Friday 24th June||Bedford Purlieus||South of site at TL038986 at 9:15pm||Philip Horsnail||Sharp-angled Peacock and The Festoon|
|Friday 1st July||Yardley Chase||Please contact Jeff Blincow for admission to this site||Jeff Blincow||Concolorous
NB: The site has restricted access and only Northamptonshire Moth Group Members are invited. For details contact Jeff Blincow.
Due to restricted access, this event will finish at 4am
|Saturday 9th July||Twywell Hills & Dales||Reserve car park SP937772 at 9:00pm||Mark Hammond||National
Chalk Carpet and Heart & Club
|Friday 15th July||Priors Hall Quarry ("Wonderworld Site" near Corby)||SP918913 at 9:15pm. Gretton Road, opposite Weldon Lodge||John Ward||Small Seraphim and Triple-spotted Clay|
|Friday 29th July||Titchmarsh Lakes NR||TL007812 (lakes car park) at 8:45pm||Mark Hammond||Dingy Shell, Dog's Tooth and Small Rufous|
|Friday 5th August||Bedford Purlieus||South of site at TL038986 at 8:30pm||Mark Hammond||White-spotted Pinion and Square-spotted Clay|
|Friday 9th September||Pitsford Reservoir||Bottom of "Mere Road" - SP783707 at 7:30pm||Philip Horsnail||Pale-lemon Sallow & Dusky-lemon Sallow|
|Saturday 1st October||Badby Wood||SP565589 at 6:30pm||Mark Hammond||Trip cancelled|
|Saturday 5th November||Hazelborough||SP660431 (just off the north-bound slip road off A43) at 4:30pm||Mark Hammond||
Postponed due to bad weather
Plumed Prominent & Dotted Chestnut
N.B: The target species include some optimistic long shots as some of the sites have never been properly worked. Few records exist for Twywell Hills & Dales and Deenethorpe Airfield and no records whatsoever exist for the canal area at Stoke Bruerne. Part of the attraction of mothing lies in its unpredictability and as we have all found previously totally unexpected species do turn up and even common moths do not always come to order.
We would like to acknowledge the co-operation that all of us have received from the Forestry Commission to record in their woodlands.