Discovering the Moths of Selborne The Field Studies Centre at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections
Moths are sensitive indicators of the health of the natural environment and a vital part of the food chain; something which didn’t escape the attention of Gilbert White as early as the 18th Century.
We are continuing our monthly series of moth events again this year during the most active part of the season. Each time you will have an opportunity to see a different variety of moths as the seasons change.
Join us through the seasons and learn a little more about the fantastic world of moths.
You are welcome to join us from around dusk to see how the moth lights are set up and experience the first visitors of the night to the lights. Based on past experience, the June and July evenings also potentially offer the special experience of watching male Ghost Moths (Hepialus humuli) lekking (displaying) on the meadow around dusk.
As well as helping to identify any moths that are seen, the night sessions there will be an opportunity to experience other nocturnal life in the grounds especially looking out, or listening, for owls and bats.
In May, the event will coincide with the Nature Festival providing an opportunity for Festival visitors to see some of the moths on the wing either the night before or during the Festival day. Moth Night tickets included entry to the Nature Festival.
The August event coincides with National Moth Week 2020. The theme for Moth Night 2020 is to be the various “Red” Underwings but there should be other moths to enjoy as well. Entry is free although donations would be welcome.
The moths retained in the light lures will be examined in the morning and recorded on the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre database to support scientific research into insect ecology. If you wish to join in and help identify and record in the morning, please let us know.
These events will include outdoor activity including a short walk in the relative dark so please come dressed appropriately for the weather and time of year with sturdy footwear and bring a torch.
A warm drink and biscuits will be available during the activities.
£5 per session for April, June, July and September
Free Entry for event in August for National Moth Night (donations welcome)
|17th April||20:30||Discovering Moths of Selborne – Night Time Walk|
|23rd May||21:30||Nature Festival 24th May
Discovering Moths of Selborne – Night Time Walk
|28th June||21:30||Discovering Moths of Selborne – Night Time Walk|
|26th July||21:00||Discovering Moths of Selborne – Night Time Walk|
|27th August||20:30||Discovering Moths of Selborne – Night Time Walk|
|27th September||20:00||Discovering Moths of Selborne – Night Time Walk|
To park in the car park next to the Field Studies Centre (barn) the postcode is: GU34 3JU
When entering the village from the A31:
Enter Selborne and continue along the road past the museum. When you see the Selborne Arms take the first turn on the right immediately after the Selborne Arms. You will see a car park on your right, go to the back of this section into the rear section of car park labelled overflow. Straight on to the back of this is The Barn signposted Field Studies Centre.
When entering the village from Petersfield direction:
Enter Selborne and continue along the road. When you see the Selborne Arms take the turn immediately before the pub on the left. You will see a car park on your right, go to the back of this section into the rear section of car park labelled overflow. Straight on to the back of this is The Barn signposted Field Studies Centre.