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Butterfly and moth events in Cornwall 2019

Most events are dependant on the weather so please check if the weather is iffy. Please also bring torch, suitable footwear and clothing to events where appropriate.

Individuals or groups of members may hold their own recording events throughout the year. Some of these are often on the spur of the moment, or with only a couple of days notice. Due to financial constraints these event details will not be posted out to members but where possible will be advertised on the Cornwall Moth Group web site, or through our own Internet Community Group.

Friday 26th April – 8:45pm – Goonhilly Downs Nature Reserve, Lizard Peninsula, (Moth Night)

A spring moth evening kindly hosted by one of Cornwall’s foremost moth experts, Frank Johns. Target species: Emperor Moth. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well and something to sit or kneel on and do bring an Emperor Moth pheromone lure if you have one! There should be plenty of spring moths to record with a particular reference to Emperor Moths! Please bring your own moth trap/light too if you wish.
Leader – Frank Johns. Meet at map ref SW728212, (postcode: TR12 6EA), Goonhilly Downs car park (free).
For details and directions, phone Frank Johns on 01326 240357.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Sunday 5th May – 11:00am – Perransands/Penhale Sands, nr. Perranporth.

***Please note that if the weather forecast is not good for this event then you must phone the leader before 9:00am (paul browning) to check if this meeting will take place on the day.***
Perransands/Penhale Sands now hold’s Cornwall’s last remaining colonies of Grizzled Skippers which although highly localised will hopefully be found in suitable looking habitat amongst this vast dune complex. We hope to find the special aberration called ‘taras’ which is usually found at this locality amongst some of the Grizzled Skipper colonies. Other species found here include Brown Argus, Wall, Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper and Orange Tip. Bring a packed lunch.
Leader – Paul Browning. Meet at map ref – SW774553, (postcode: TR4 9PN), in lay-by on edge of road opposite the turning to Rose village by entrance to footpath onto sand dunes.
For details and directions phone Paul Browning on 01736 763677.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Sunday 12th May – 11:00am – De-Lank/Pendrift Downs, St. Breward.

Pearl-Bordered Fritillaries were discovered at De-Lank/Pendrift Downs in May, 1998 by 3 enthusiasts and more than 20 years later the butterfly can still be found here during bright and sunny weather every May. Dave Conway, who lives locally and has been exploring this area since the early 1970’s, will lead us around different parts of the sites in the hope of seeing the freshly emerged adult butterflies of this rare and beautiful fritillary. Orange Tips, Brimstones, Speckled Woods, Green Hairstreaks and Small-pearl bordered fritillaries as well as Emperor Moths will also be on the wing here now. We will have an Emperor Moth pheromone lure with us to attract Emperor Moths during the visit. Walking boots, a packed lunch and drink are required.
Leader – Dave Conway. Parking is very limited here: Meet at SX099753, (postcode: PL30 4NQ), in small parking spaces on right hand side before the De-Lank Quarry entrance near the end of the long track signposted to De-Lank Quarry. Further parking can be found 200 yards or so further back on the side (where space permits) along the track.
For details and directions phone Dave Conway on 01208 77686.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Wednesday 15th May: DE LANK QUARRY

Near St. Breward 11am-3pm
This is a beautiful walk down to the De Lank River where there is the opportunity to see the rare Pearlbordered Fritillary and other spring butterflies such as the Brimstone. Much conservation work has been undertaken by volunteers on this site and this will be an opportunity to see the impact of this valuable work.
Please bring a packed lunch and tough walking shoes. Long trousers and long-sleeved shirts are also advised. Meet at the small car park, (SX 099753) PL30 4NQ, on the right before the entrance to the Quarry which should not be entered. Parking is limited so car share is preferable.
Leaders and contacts: Sally Foster (01736 753259) and Jo Poland (01872 540371)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 18th May – 11:00am – Fellover Brake, Tuckingmill, St. Breward.

This site still holds one of Cornwall’s few remaining colonies of the nationally threatened Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterfly which can be seen over a wide area of well managed bracken covered hillside. Walking boots are essential as the site slopes quite steeply and can be quite uneven in places. Orange Tip and Brimstone should also still be on the wing. Bring packed lunch and drink.
Leader – Robbie Robinson. Meet at SX089779, (postcode: PL30 4PQ), in small lay-by at Gam Bridge.
For details and directions phone Robbie Robinson on 01579 321586.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Thursday 23rd May: WILD FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES OF PENHALE

Nr.Cubert 10am
This is a joint Cornwall Wildlife Trust/ Cornwall Butterfly Conservation walk. In addition to seeing a variety of spring wild flowers, we should find Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper and the Grizzled Skipper which is now only located on this site in Cornwall. Please meet by the M.O.D. South Gate near Treworthen Farm, Cubert, (SW783567). The postcode for Treworthen Farm is TR8 5PZ. Please bring a packed lunch. Places are limited so booking is essential.
Leaders: Cerin Poland, Ian Bennallick (CBG) and Jon Cripps (CWT)
Contact for booking: Cerin Poland (01872 540371 or 07814 790250)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 25th May – 11:00am –Meeth Quarry, Meeth, Nr. Hatherleigh, Devon.

A return visit to this location after our inaugural fieldtrip here back in 2016. Meeth Quarry has a superb population of the nationally rare Wood White butterfly! We hope to also see Green Hairstreak and Dingy Skipper butterflies. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of drink.
Leaders – Dave and Hilary Phillips. Map 191 Land Ranger map ref - SS540080 Meeth Quarry is on the southern edge of the village of Meeth, Devon on the A386 between Hatherleigh and Great Torrington. If travelling north on the A386 (from the A30), Meeth is approx 4 miles after Hatherleigh, and the reserve access road is on the left, shortly after passing the Meeth village sign. If travelling south on the A386, continue through the village of Meeth, past The Bull and Dragon pub on the right. The reserve access road is on the right, before leaving the last houses in the village. (Nearest postcode: EX20 3ER).
Follow the access road for half a mile and the car park is on the left which is free and has toilet facilities.
For details and directions phone Dave and Hilary Phillips on home phone for preference 01288 354364; or mobile, (limited signal and ok for text and when out and about) on 07971 444623 (nb not sure what the signal is like at Meeth).
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May: COMMUNITY MOTH EVENT

Bodmin Wednesday (evening set up) and Thursday (morning).The exact times to be announced; please check our website for further details.
We will be working with the University of Exeter to provide a two day moth event in Bodmin. Our friends at the ‘One for All Community Garden’ will enable us to give the local community an insight into the amazing wildlife that can be found at night-time! This will be half-term week and we are aiming to attract as many families with children as possible, as it will be fun, awe-inspiring and educational. We are hoping that any of
our volunteers/members/supporters who want to develop their moth knowledge will also come and enjoy this too. This event is suitable for all ages and abilities, with plenty of knowledgeable enthusiasts there to help everyone develop a fascination with moths. There will be refreshments and a children’s photo competition.
One for All Community Garden’. The Community Hub, 111 Kinsman Estate, Bodmin PL31 1PQ. (SX062663)
Leader and contact: Jo Poland (01872 540371 or 07800 548832)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Sunday 2nd June: PREDANNACK, THE LIZARD

Near Mullion 11am
We have organised this trip in partnership with the Natural England team on the Lizard and we will be looking for newly-emerged Marsh Fritillaries. Meet at the NT car park at Higher Predannack Wollas Farm, (SW669162) TR12 7EZ. Please bring a packed lunch.
Leaders: Duncan Lyne (Lizard NE team) and Sarah Board Contact: Dick Goodere (01736 753077)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Sunday 2nd June – 1:00pm – Breney Common, nr. Lanlivery.

It is always a delight to visit one of Cornwall’s largest Marsh Fritillary colonies here at famous Breney Common. Good numbers of this species should be seen together with Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak and hopefully Emperor Moths and other moths too! Photography is easy here so bring your camera.
Leaders – Rowena and Rob Nicholls. Meet at SX052612, (postcode: PL30 5DU), in small roadside car park where free parking is available near Gunwen Chapel.
For details and directions phone Rowena and Rob Nicholls on 07711105485, 01726 884600 or 07596 159940.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Monday 3rd June: CHAPEL PORTH

Near St Agnes 12 Noon
Join us in partnership with National Trust’s Lead Ranger for this section of the north coast looking for Green Hairstreak butterflies along this beautiful cliff walk. The terrain can be steep and rough in places but the views are spectacular. Meet at Wheal Coates National Trust car park, (SW702500) TR5 0NT. Please note new meeting place. Parking charges apply for non-NT members. Please bring a packed lunch.
Leaders Steve Sudworth (National Trust Ranger) and Kathy Wood (01872 864344)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 8th June – 10:30am – Garrow Tor area of Bodmin Moor.

An excellent discovery by Dave Conway some years ago of a healthy colony of Marsh Fritillaries in a traditional moorland habitat was confirmed to still exist in 2015 by Rob Nicholls and again in 2018. A guided tour of this virtually unknown and isolated locality should prove rewarding and challenging. Target species Marsh fritillary. Stout walking boots/footwear and clothing appropriate to the moors advised, plus water as we will be away from facilities for some time. The parking is outside of the De Lank Waterworks, just pull off the tarmac track to enjoy free parking.
We then walk in a northerly, then easterly direction for about 1.5 miles over easy moorland grassland; no climbs, just gentle slopes. 3 mile round trip - no alternative routes. Free parking.
Leader – Rob Nicholls. Meet at map ref SX 13148 76701, (postcode: PL30 4NN)
For details and directions phone Rob Nicholls on 01726 884600 or 07596 159940.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Saturday 8th June: GREENSCOMBE WOODS

Near Luckett 12 Noon
Come and join us on a field trip to Cornwall’s only site for the nationally rare Heath Fritillary butterfly which is now established here after a successful reintroduction in 2006. This walk has several steep inclines. Local expert on the species, Richard Vulliamy, will be leading the trip. Meet in Luckett Village car park, (SX389737) PL17 8NJ. Please bring a packed lunch.
Leader: Richard Vulliamy
Contact: Tristram Besterman (01579 349146)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Sunday 9th June – 11:00am – Greenscoombe Woods, Luckett.

One of Britain’s rarest butterflies, the Heath Fritillary, solely exists in Cornwall in the specially managed habitat, at its original main Cornish colony at Greenscoombe Woods, Luckett after it became extinct there after 2002. After it’s re-introduction to parts of the woodlands in the summer of 2006, it has become re-established and re-colonised it’s former habitat which has been much improved by clearance and regular habitat management work. The butterfly is breeding well in a number of different areas at Greenscoombe Woods and it is always a joy for enthusiasts to visit these woods to marvel at the many Heath Fritillary butterflies that are to be seen throughout June every year. Bring a drink, packed lunch and your camera.
Leader – Robbie Robinson. Meet at SX389737, (postcode: PL17 8NJ), in Luckett Village free car park.
For details and directions phone Robbie Robinson on 01579 321586.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

 

Saturday 15th June – 1:00pm Perransands and Penhale Sands, nr. Perranporth.

A mid-summer ramble over Britain’s highest sand dunes complex to see large numbers of freshly emerged Silver-Studded Blues. We would also hope to see Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Dark Green Fritillary, Scarlet Tiger Moth and Humming Bird Hawk-Moth and other scarce moths and plenty of wild flowers. This event always turns up unexpected surprises in moths or butterflies. Please bring plenty to drink, sun protection and walking boots.
Leaders – Lee Slaughter and Alan May. Meet at SW774553, (postcode: TR4 9PN), in lay-by on edge of road opposite the turning to Rose where there is a limited amount of free parking available.
For details phone Lee Slaughter on 01726 817505 or Alan May on 01209 821936 or 07787 121043.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Saturday 15th June: CUBERT COMMON

Nr.Crantock 11am to 3pm
Cubert Common is one of the few enclosed commons in England. It is an undulating area of sandy grassland owned by the National Trust and designated as an SSSI. We will be looking out for a wide variety of butterflies (including Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-studded Blue and Small Heath); moths; other invertebrates and also rare plants. Meeting point is the National Trust Car Park near Polly Joke beach, (SW776599) TR8 5QS. This is a relatively small car park so car sharing is advised. Directions: Drive through
Crantock village and shortly after Crantock turn left onto the road to Treago farm. Drive through the farm and follow the track and park in the National Trust car park (note that at Treago Farm there is a gate crossing the track which you will need to open & close). Please bring a packed lunch.
Leaders and contact: Jo & Shaun Poland (01872 540371)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 22nd June – 11:00am Pullabrook Woods/Drakeford Bridge, Bovey Valley Woodlands, Dartmoor, Devon followed by Aish Tor, nr. Ashburton.

The nearest White Admiral breeding colony to us in Cornwall and the easiest place to see them in Devon. Join us on an out of county adventure to see Britain’s most graceful flying butterfly. Bring a packed lunch and then we will move to Aish Tor in the afternoon for High Brown Fritillary, Dark Green and Silver Washed Fritillaries.
Leader – Dave Gibbon. Meet at 11:00am at Drakeford Bridge Car Park ( SX789801) (postcode: TQ13 9SR).
Parking at Aish Tor for afternoon excursion is: - parking area at (SX707714). (Nearest postcode: TQ13 7PX). Off the B3357 at the top of Newbridge Hill turn west onto the minor road and the parking area is immediately on your right at side of road.
For details and directions phone Dave Gibbon on 01752 666231 or 07904 129309.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Friday 28th June – 9:30pm – Pontsmill, Luxulyan Valley, Nr. St. Blazey (Moth Night). Mid-summer Moths At Pontsmill.

A moth evening of recording at the Pontsmill area of the Luxulyan Valley. This event will begin at dusk and you should bring a torch and wrap up well. Plenty of easy and free parking in the main Pontsmill car park. Past moth recording events at this location have bought in a list exceeding 125 different species of moth for one evening’s recording at a single locality including such rarities as Blomers Rivulet moth!
Leader - Phil Boggis, Meet at SX073562 (postcode: PL24 2RR) in the free car park at the end of the single track road.
For details and directions phone Phil Boggis on 01726 66124.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Saturday 29th June: POLDICE

Nr St Day 11am
The landscape in this valley bears witness to the concentrated mining activities that took place in this World Heritage Site. The area, at first, looks to be the last place to search for butterflies but even in this barren, polluted landscape plants have become established and butterflies have found a niche. These include Silver Studded Blue, Small Heath and, later in the season, Grayling. This large site has many ruined mine buildings and uneven/steep tracks which are shared by cyclists. Meet by the lay-by opposite Truro Auction Centre, (SW737430) TR16 5PZ. There is more parking a little further along the road towards Crofthandy on the left, (SW737428). Please bring a packed lunch.
Leaders and contacts: Roger Hooper (01209 820610) and Sue Allen (01872 240246)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Sunday 30th June – 11:00am Pentire Head, Newquay,

A new location for our society to explore with expert butterfly guide, Philip Harris who rediscovered the Silver-studded blue butterfly here in good numbers during last year’s hot summer. There may be other discoveries to be made at this beautiful location with stunning views! There is a car park which does charge according to amount of time you spend here.
Leader – Phil Harris. Meet at SW787614 (postcode: TR7 1PJ) in Pentire Headland car park which is at the end of Pentire Avenue.
For details and directions phone Phil Harris on 07845 984426.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Tuesday 2nd July: UPTON TOWANS

Near Hayle 11am
Join us on a walk through this extensive sand dune complex situated between Gwithian and Hayle: a Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve and an SSSI. The main target species will be Dark Green Fritillaries and Silver-studded Blues but there will be many other lepidoptera and other wildlife to see. Meet by the gate in front of the large chimney at the entrance to the CWT reserve, (SW 579396) TR27 5BJ. Please bring a packed lunch.
Leader and contact: Dick Goodere (01736 753077)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Wednesday 3rd July – 10:00am Seaton Valley and Seaton Seafront, Nr. Looe.

We hope to see Silver-Washed Fritillary butterflies, Marbled Whites and other woodland butterflies as well as Dragonflies too! There are various day flying moths to be seen and Six Belted Clearwing Moths will be searched for with pheromone lures so please bring your own pheromone lures if you have some. This is also an excellent site for orthoptera, with Speckled and Great Green Bush-crickets, as well as Long-winged Cone-heads. The strictly coastal Grey Bush-cricket is present in good numbers on the coastal slope among the Clearwing moths and this location currently holds Britain’s only known year round resident colony of Clouded Yellow butterflies, with the form ‘helice’ being frequently seen.
Leaders – Russ Hemmings and Malcolm Lee. Park at SX303545, (postcode: PL11 3JT), Seaton pay and display car park where there is a parking charge or limited free roadside parking if there are any spaces. Meet at park entrance near public toilets at 10:00am.
For details and directions phone Russ on 07782 310777.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Friday 5th July – 9:30pm start: St Andrews Pond (Par), Par, Cornwall (Moth Night). “Friends of St Andrews Wetland Reserve Moth Night”; part of the Bioblitz weekend and a Par Carnival event.

Organised by 'Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society' in association with - “Friends of St Andrews Wetland Reserve” and Par Carnival.
A mid-summer moth evening kindly hosted by local moth enthusiast, Russ Hemmings with help in organising and moth identification by Lee Slaughter, Phil Boggis and assisted by ‘Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award’ volunteer Robert Slaughter. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well and something to sit or kneel on. There is the prospect of recording many different species of moths, including Hawk-moths, here over a few hours and it is hoped that there will be some good migrant moths arrive at the moth lights. Please bring your own moth trap if you have one!
Leader – Russ Hemmings. Meet at SX075544 (postcode: PL24 2LU), in St Andrews Pond free car park halfway along St Andrews Road, Par.
For details and directions phone Russ Hemmings on 07782 310777.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Saturday 6th July: CORNWALL BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION OPEN DAY

Near Looe 10.30am
Philip (Chairman of CBC) and Faith Hambly invite you to their farm at Lethytep, with its wonderful wildlife area with walks and lakes. There should be many mid-summer butterflies flying and much more besides!
Food, including pasties, is provided and there will be a tombola and raffle. We ask for a £5 donation to help cover food costs. To get to Lethytep, (SX175588) PL13 2PG, turn south off the A390 Liskeard to Lostwithiel road at East Taphouse, taking the B3359 to Looe and Polperro. After 3.3 miles, take the road to right signposted Penadlake: the event will be signposted from here. Park in field next to house (space for 100+
cars).
Leader: Helen Barlow (07305 052297)
Contact: Philip Hambly (01503 220385)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 6th July – 1:00pm Dunmere Woods, Bodmin.

We hope to see Silver-Washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreaks, Commas and other summer butterflies. We intend to search the open rides of these woodlands to see what other species of butterflies and moths may inhabit this woodland complex. There used to be Elms in these woods during the 1970’s and if we can locate any Elms, it may be worth checking in the hope of locating White-letter Hairstreak which were recorded here during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Leader – Russ Hemmings. Park at pull in by gate near bus stop just before r/hand turn to B3266 at Mount Charles. Map ref SX041689: (postcode: PL30 3AA), where there is limited free roadside parking.
For details and directions phone Russ Hemmings on 07782 310777.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Saturday 6th July – 9:00pm Plymbridge Woods, nr. Plymouth, Devon (Moth Night).

This is an open public meeting held jointly with Devon Moth Group, the National Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.
Everyone is welcome to sample the delights of Devon’s moths on a summer’s evening. There is plenty of room for those with their own moth traps to bring their own equipment to a varied habitat of ancient woodland and riverside meadow.
Leaders: Dave Gibbon and Chris Acraman.
Meet at Plymbridge Woods N.Trust car park at SX523586 (postcode: PL6 8AW) on Plympton side of the river. Directions: From A38 Marsh Mills roundabout take B3416 into Plympton, follow to roundabout and turn left into Glen Road and then left again at next roundabout onto Plymbridge Road. Follow to the end of the road.
For details phone Dave Gibbon on 01752 666231 or 07904 129309.

Saturday 13th July: PENLEE RESERVE AND PENLEE POINT

Near Rame Head 11am
We will be led by moth expert and Cornwall Moth Recorder, Leon Truscott, looking for Small Heath, Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary butterflies. Six-belted Clearwing and Thrift Clearwing moths can also be found here with the help of pheromone lures. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet at Penlee Battery car park, (SX436491) PL10 1LG.
Leader: Leon Truscott
Contact: Tristram Besterman (01579 349146)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Sunday 14th July – 10:00am Cabilla Wood, Glyn Valley, nr. Bodmin (C.W.T.Reserve). Organised by Restormel Branch of Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

This event is organised for CWT, but the leader, Dave Conway, has kindly stated that members of Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society are very welcome to attend this walk.
A walk around one of the finest ancient woodland in Cornwall with local wildlife expert Dave Conway. Our target species is the Silver-washed Fritillary also Commas, Ringlets, Gatekeepers and Dragonflies.
Leader – Dave Conway. Meet at SX128653, (postcode: PL30 4BE), by sawmill car park.
For details and directions phone Dave Conway on 01208 77686.


Thursday 18th July: CABILLA WOODS

Glyn Valley 3 miles east of Bodmin 12 Noon
Join us for this walk through the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve described as ‘one of the largest and possibly finest ancient woodland in Cornwall’. Our target species is the Silver-washed Fritillary with a chance of seeing the f.valezina. There should also be many other butterflies including Commas, Ringlets and Gatekeepers. Please bring a packed lunch. Directions: Proceed along the A38 from the A30 heading towards
Liskeard. About a mile past the Bodmin Parkway junction, turn left down Le Ball Hill. Cross over a small bridge and immediately turn right. There are places for parking, (SX128653) PL30 4BE.
Leader: Roger Hooper (CBC)
Contact: Kelly Uren (07429 354011)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 20th July – 11:00am Cabilla Wood, Glyn Valley, nr. Bodmin (C.W.T.Reserve).

We look forward to seeing many beautiful Silver-Washed Fritillary butterflies in this well managed woodland and following the exciting discovery in these woods in 2013 of a ‘valezina’ form of the female of this species, we will be eagerly looking out for this rarity again this year! The bright summer form ‘hutchinsoni’ of the Comma butterfly will be on the wing together with plenty of Ringlets, Gatekeepers, new brood Brimstones, Purple Hairstreaks and Summer brood Holly Blues. There are various day flying moths to be seen here so there may be new discoveries awaiting us.
Leader – Dave Conway. Meet at SX128653, (postcode: PL30 4BE), by sawmill where parking is free.
For details and directions phone Dave Conway on 01208 77686.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Saturday 20th July – 9:00pm Trelusback Farm, Penhalvean, Redruth – (Moth Night).

A summer moth evening kindly hosted at the home of Keith Wilson. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well and something to sit on. Please bring your own moth traps if you wish. There should be plenty of summer moths to record and hopefully some migrants too!
Leader – Keith Wilson.
Meet at 9:00pm at Trelusback Farm (shown on the OS map as ‘Trelusback’ at map reference SW712384), which is about half a mile ‘from the western end of Stithian’s lake and about halfway between Stithians and Redruth, (postcode: TR16 6TQ) to get to a red telephone box at the end of the driveway to Keith’s house. Drive down lane; the barn we are using is 200 yards past the bungalow.
For more detailed directions please phone Keith on 01209 860298 or 07972 376982.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Sunday 21st July – 11:00am Trelusback Farm, Penhalvean, Redruth, TR16 6TQ.

We are pleased to invite you to a BBQ and optional butterfly walks day at Trelusback.
Trelusback contains wildflower meadows, woodland, wetland and a lake. If the weather is kind visitors can expect to see a wide variety of butterflies, moths, birds, plants and dragonflies and an opportunity to enjoy a walk with your friends in lovely surroundings.
A BBQ, tea, coffee, toilets etc. will be provided. In the event of rain we can chat to other conservation minded people in a large barn and/or the house. The previous evening’s moth traps will be checked in the morning and the moths will be identified, recorded and released unharmed.
Meet at 11-00am at Trelusback Farm (shown on the OS map as Trelusback at grid reference SW712384) which is about half a mile from the western end of Stithians Lake and about halfway between Stithians and Redruth, (postcode: TR16 6TQ) to get to a red telephone box at the end of the driveway to Trelusback. Proceed down this driveway and the barn we are using is 200 yards past the bungalow.
For detailed directions please phone Keith on 01209 860298 or 07972 376982.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Thursday 25th July: CARNON VALLEY

Near Devoran 11am
Join us for a walk along the Carnon Valley in a landscape still dominated by the mining industry. The area has been visited regularly for our Mining for Butterflies project. This gentle return walk uses the Coast to Coast cycle/walking track from Carnon Valley Car Park to Bissoe Cycle Hire (toilets available here). We hope to see plenty of common butterflies and dragonflies near the pools along the way: maybe even the Scarce
blue-tail damselfly. We will explore the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Bissoe Valley Nature Reserve and the Arsenic Works where Silver Studded Blues have been recorded. Care needs to be taken with children near the fast flowing river. Please bring a packed lunch. Directions: From the A39 at the Devoran roundabout take the road heading towards Bissoe. Go straight over the first cross roads, under the viaduct then take the next left
and the car park is on your right, (SW783409) TR37LN.
Leaders and contact: Sue Allen (01872 240246) and Kathy Wood
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 27th July – 1.00pm - Godolphin Woods, Nr. Godolphin, Helston.

A lovely walk through Godolphin Woods with our leader Carly Riley, who has frequented these woods since her childhood. We should see many of the Purple Hairstreaks that inhabit and breed on the oak trees here. There is lots of other interesting wildlife to be found within these woods.
Leader – Carly Riley. Meet at SW600324 (postcode: TR13 9RE) in the car park which is on the right at the bottom of the track.
For details and directions phone Carly Riley on 01637 498462.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

Sunday 28th July – 11:00am Rosenannon Downs, near St. Wenn, Bodmin.

In recent times the exciting discovery of an inland colony of Graylings on Rosenannon Downs by a member of our group “Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society” has bucked the national trend of mass extinction of inland populations of this species that now exists very much as a coastal only species in Britain. There may also be Dark Green Fritillaries flying over these downs also. Please wear good walking boots and bring plenty to drink.
Leader – Robbie Robinson and Dave Conway. Meet at SW958670 (approx postcode: PL30 5PJ) 1KM North of Rosenannon Village where there’s parking for cars on the roadside.
For details/directions phone Robbie Robinson on 01579 321586 or Dave Conway on 01208 77686.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Sunday 28th July: GODOLPHIN WOODS

Near Godolphin 1.30pm
Join us for this interesting walk through Godolphin Woods. There will be a wide variety of Lepidoptera but the target species will be the Purple Hairstreak. Directions: Coming from Leedstown, turn left at Townshend, then follow the road over Godolphin Bridge where the road then swings to the left. Some distance along this section there is a parking area, on the left, where a track runs down to the river. It is possible to park here but it is better to drive down the short track and park in the larger car park at the bottom (on the right) at (SW60023243) TR13 9RE.
Leaders and contact: Perry Smale and Judi Swift (01736 448304 or 07412 262184)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Saturday 3rd August – 1:00pm St Newlyn Downs, St Newlyn East.

We hope to see and record plenty of Summer butterflies, day-flying moths and Dragonflies including the Grayling butterfly which is to be found at this inland location. This 286 acre site is a SSSI and a Special Area of Conservation located in the Parish of St Newlyn East near the wind turbines. It is an old mining area with East Wheal Rose and Wheal Constance mines close by. We will be looking out for the Bog Bush-cricket and the Dorset Heath (a type of heather).
You will need walking boots, a packed lunch and drink. Parking is limited. Some space is available in the entrance to the old golf club opposite.
Leader – Carly Riley. Meet at SW836551 (postcode: TR8 5AT) in lay-by opposite East Wheal Rose Farm.
For details/directions phone Carly Riley on 01637 498462.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Sunday 4th August: LUNDY BAY

Nr. Polzeath 1.30pm
This is a beautiful walk along one of our National Trust transects. We hope to see a selection of butterfly species including Silver Washed Fritillary, Brown Argus, Common Blue and Clouded Yellow. Meet in the NT Car Park, (SW958798) PL27. An overflow car park is available.
Leaders and contact Kelly Uren (07429 354011 ) and Jim Barker
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Tuesday 6th August: GWENNAP HEAD AND PORTHGWARRA

Near Land’s End 10.30am
This beautiful location boasts an abundance of butterflies, including Graylings, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Clouded Yellows, Small Heaths and many more. Meet in the Porthgwarra car park, (SW370217): charges apply TR19 6JR (café). Please bring a packed lunch.
Leaders and contact: Jerry Dennis (07956 041263) and Jim Cooper (01872 560710)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

Friday 9th August – 9:00pm – Tehidy Woods, Camborne (Moth Night).

A high summer moth evening kindly hosted by one of Cornwall’s foremost moth experts, Frank Johns. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well and something to sit or kneel on. There should be plenty of Summer moths to record. Please bring your own moth trap if you have one!
Leader – Frank Johns. Meet at SW642437, (postcode: TR14 0HE), Tehidy Woods car park.
For details and directions, phone Frank Johns on 01326 240357.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.

 

Saturday 10th August – 10:30am – Kynance Cove, nr. The Lizard.

Be prepared for a beautiful walk at this famous locality for Lepidoptera. We hope to see most of the following species: Grayling, Dark Green Fritillary, Clouded Yellow (including ‘Helice’), Small Heath, 2nd brood Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Common Blue, Wall Brown, Painted Lady and Red Admiral. Please bring a packed lunch, drink, sun cream and good walking boots. Park in main Kynance Cove car park (car park fee payable to N.T. unless we can negotiate free parking beforehand with the N.Trust which we have done so for the past few years) and meet near the toilet block at the Southern end of the car park.
Leader – Alan May. Meet at SW688132, (postcode: TR12 7PJ), in main Kynance Cove car park.
For details and directions phone Alan May on 01209 821936 or 07787 121043.
Organised by Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society.


Tuesday 13th August: COVERACK TO BEAGLES HOLE

Lizard Peninsula 11am
Please join us for this new circular walk along the coastal footpath from Coverack village heading south to Chynalls and then to Beagles Hole returning via Trewillis back to the village. We should see many different species of butterflies including the Dark Green Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered fritillary and even Grayling all of which have been recorded here in the past. Be prepared for a longish but enjoyable walk with great views. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet at the car parks which are on your right as you enter the village, (SW781187) TR12 6TQ.
Leaders: Duncan Lyne (Lizard Natural England Team) and Sarah Board
Contact Sue Allen (01872 240246)
This event is organised by the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation. Our field trips are fun and friendly - all (including children) are welcome, whether or not you’re a member of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation, and whatever level of experience you have. Please always come prepared for Cornwall’s changeable weather and mixed terrain – waterproofs, good walking shoes or boots, sun tan cream etc., as well as water and lunch/snacks.

 

Saturday 24th August – 8:30pm Plymbridge Woods, nr. Plymouth, Devon (Moth Night).

This is an open public meeting held jointly with Devon Moth Group, the National Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre.
Everyone is welcome to sample the delights of Devon’s moths on a high summer’s evening. There is plenty of room for those with their own moth traps to bring their own equipment to a varied habitat of ancient woodland and riverside meadow.
Leaders: Dave Gibbon and Chris Acraman.
Meet at Plymbridge Woods N. Trust car park at SX523586 (postcode: PL6 8AW) on Plympton side of the river.
Directions: From A38 Marsh Mills roundabout take B3416 into Plympton, follow to roundabout and turn left into Glen Road and then left again at next roundabout onto Plymbridge Road. Follow to end of road.
For details phone Dave Gibbon on 01752 666231 or 07904 129309.

For a variety of Cornish wildlife events you may wish to vist the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's web site or visit Cornwall Butterfly Conservation for Cornish butterfly events and field trips.