Trips 2006

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
(click link for results)
Meeting Point & Time Organiser Target Species
Friday 24th March Sywell Reservoir SP834651 at 6:30pm John Ward Early spring moths
Friday 7th April Twywell Hills & Dales Reserve car park SP937772 at 7:30pm Mark Hammond Northern Drab
Friday 5th May Salcey Forest SP792518 at 8:15pm (NB: along the Quinton road) Mark Hammond Marbled Pug
To be rescheduled Kelmarsh Hall Contact Kelmarsh Hall for details Mark Hammond Cancelled
Friday 2nd June Twywell Hills & Dales Reserve car park SP937772 at 8:45pm Mark Hammond Light Feathered Rustic
Saturday 17th June Sywell Reservoir SP834651 at 9:15pm John Ward Early summer moths
Saturday 24th June Stanwick Lakes SP970713, just off the roundabout on the A45. Please meet at 8:45 as the outer gates will be locked at 9pm John Ward Obscure Wainscot
Saturday 22nd July Stanford Reservoir SP611811 at 9:00pm Mark Hammond Cancelled
Saturday 19th August Old Pond (nr Yardley Chase) SP875550 at 9:00pm Philip Horsnail Cancelled due to temporary restriction of access.
Saturday 23rd September Stanwick Lakes Contact Stanwick Lakes for further information. Meet at 7:00pm. Mark Hammond National Moth Night
Saturday 21st October Newbottle Spinney SP517367 at 6:00pm Mark Hammond Dotted Chestnut
Saturday 11th November Hazelborough Forest SP660431 (just off the north-bound slip road off A43) at 4:00pm Mark Hammond Plumed Prominent

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 or the reservoirs at Stanford and Sywell. 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.

Additional notes for 2006: -
The moth group has obtained permission to conduct a survey of the moths of Sywell Country Park during 2006. This site has no moth records whatsoever and our target is to record 300 species of macro moth by the end of the year. If this target is achieved it will doubtless produce some interesting moths both for the site and for the county. Anyone is welcome to become involved in helping with this survey to any extent even if it is only by the reporting of day flying moths seen whilst walking in the park.

This coming season some of the group members will 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 on either of these options.

We would like to acknowledge the co-operation that all of us have received from the Forestry Commission to record in their woodlands.