You thought moths were brown… think again!


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Explore the fascinating world of moths national lepidopterist, Douglas Boyes

Event Lead: Douglas Boyes

Event length: 1 session, Tuesday evening, 6.30pm-8.30 pm

Event structure: This is an online course held via Zoom. Please ensure you have the right system requirements for accessing Zoom before booking, as we have a no-refunds policy.

Event cost: £6 NHSN Members / £8 Non-Members

It often comes as shock when people learn there are an immense 2,500 species of moth in the UK (45 times the number of native butterflies)!

In this session, Douglas Boyes will offer a general introduction to moths, dispelling the myth that moths are all brown and boring. He will begin by describing what actually is a moth, providing an overview of their fascinating life histories. He will also reveal the vast diversity of marvellous moths that can be found here in the UK and how they are faring, as well as introduce some easy ways that you can discover and identify the hundreds of species that live in your average back garden.

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About the Event Lead

Douglas has been recording moths since aged 12. Since starting teaching moth and butterflies courses in 2014, Douglas has built a reputation as a highly accomplished lepidopterist, being labelled a 'moth recorder extraordinaire' by Butterfly Conservation's Richard Fox. He has provided training and public engagement events for clients including the Field Studies Council, Oxford University, and the World Wildlife Fund .

Douglas is currently undertaking a baseline survey of the moths of Wytham Woods (Oxford University's famous ancient woodland). Meanwhile, he is completing his PhD at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Wallingford), investigating the impacts of light pollution on moths. More info: