Field Trips 2023

Booking onto events:
Please notify the organiser - at least a couple of days prior to the event to alert them to your intention to attend.
Events are prone to late cancellation due to inclement weather, so "booking-in" with the organiser may avoid turning up to a soggy location only to find yourself on your own!
Night time moth trapping sessions will convene shortly before dusk (unless otherwise stated below). The organisers will remain at the stated meeting point until the time listed against each event.
Please arrive on time - most sites need to be secured from unauthorised access, and as such outer gates will need to be locked behind the group. As most events involve driving from this meeting point into the site, we cannot guarantee access after the stated meeting time.
We hope that anyone interested in moths will give us a try (or even participate - bring a trap) and look forward to seeing you at any of the following events.

Safety notes:
Our field events take place mostly at night, outside, and involve 240v/13amp electrical equipment running lights including mercury vapour lamps. As some bulbs can run at high temperatures there is a very small chance that they may explode if they gwet wet, 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 can accept no responsibility for accidents that occur on the trips and all persons attending field meetings do so entirely at their own risk. We 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 a responsible adult supervise them at all times.

Feedback and Results:
A list of species recorded will be placed on this site shortly after each trip. Sometimes this takes a few days for everyone attending to send in their own lists. Click on each "Location" to view these as links become active.

NB: Further events and details may be posted here in due course

Please notify the organiser prior to the event to alert them of your intention to attend

Most sites are locked and secured once the group enters

Chasing old records of False Mocha - you just never know...
Day & Date


(click link for results after event)

Meeting Point
Assume all locations are "locked-in" and thus anyone wishing to attend with moth traps please arrive at the meeting point just ahead of the time shown to ensure access, as the site will be secured as we enter

Meeting Time
Organiser Target Species / Notes

Saturday 13th May 2023

Grafton Park Wood - POSTPONED - weather poor

The Equata entrance at SP925809


Mark Hammond


Saturday 27th May 2023

Badby Woods

Car park at SP564589

Tim Pridmore

Saturday 10th June 2023

Swaddywell Pits

Small car park at TF116031


Malcolm Hillier


Saturday 8th July 2023

Grafton Park Wood

The Equata entrance at SP925809


Mark Hammond


Saturday 22nd July 2023

Farthinghoe Nature Reserve - POSTPONED - persistent rain forecast

SP52294040 (recycling centre entrance)

Tim Pridmore


Saturday 12th August 2023

Bulwick Estate woodland - Private estate - limited numbers/booking essential

Please book with Robert for details


Robert Smith

Re-wilding survey














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 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.