Trips 2013

Please contact the organiser 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
(click link for results)
Meeting Point Time Organiser Target Species
Saturday 16 March - POSTPONED due to weather. New date pending Buttockspire Wood SP646415 6:00pm Richard Baylis Dotted Chestnut and other early spring moths


Twywell Hills & Dales SP938772 - visitor car park 7:45pm Mark Hammond Mottled Grey
Saturday 1st June Fawsley Estate SP565570 8:30pm James Skinner Annual Northants Wildlife Trust BioBlitz
Saturday 15th June POSTPONED to September Stanwick Lakes SP967715 - visitor car park 9:00pm Mark Hammond Obscure Wainscot, Alder Kitten, Dotted Fan-foot
June - dates TBC Kelmarsh Estate TBC TBC Mark Hammond Survey work as part of PhD for student at Moulton College - volunteers for assistance required
Thursday 18th July Borough Fen Duck Decoy Contact Paul Waring for details at least one week prior to this event. Booking essential. Joint meeting with Peterborough Biological Recording Group TBC Paul Waring BENHS Field Meeting
Friday 19th July Harrington Airfield SP775771 8:45pm Mark Hammond Grassland species
Saturday 10th August Polebrook area Private Site - please contact Mark Hammond or Phil Horsnail to book a place 8:15pm Mark Hammond Moth Night 2013, White-spotted Pinion
Friday 13th September Stanwick Lakes CANCELLED     Mark Hammond  

Some of the group members may be arranging specific trips to other counties to see moths that do not occur in Northamptonshire.
An advance notification of these outings will appear on the trips board in due course.

Please contact John Ward or Mark Hammond for further details.

We would like to acknowledge the co-operation that all of us have received from the Forestry Commision, Wildlife Trust and other land owners for allowing the group to record on their properties.