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Dave Sharpe holds up a moth specimen at the Butterflies and Moths identification course 2010Our second BTCV – Trent Vale course took place on Wednesday 4 August training participants in moth and butterfly identification. The course was held at the RSPB Langford Lowfields reserve and was led by the Assistant Reserves Officer, Jenny.

Participants first examined the previous nights’ catch – over 20 moths that had been collected in traps placed throughout the surrounding reedbeds. Later on, a swift wrist technique was perfected catching butterflies in airy nets around the reserve.

With Jenny’s expert help, several species were identified including the variable Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) whose larvae feed on grasses, and the elusive Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) which is a specialist of chalk grasslands in the south of England but has extended its range northwards in recent years.

This course is just one of a series of monthly NCFE accredited FREE courses that Trent Vale is offering. Do you fancy coming along to the next one?

Its on Wednesday 15 September 10am to 4pm and is an ‘Introduction to Grassland Management’ at Trent Port, Marton. Parking is available at the end of Trent Port Road, DN21 5AL. For more info or to book a place contact: Gill Wilde, Training Coordinator, East Midlands, BTCV, Conservation Training Centre, Chestnut Grove, Burton Joyce, NG14 5DZ, Tel: 0115 931 3316, email g.wilde@btcv.org.uk.

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