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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Getting next generation interested

Inspired by Isabel (and trapping session at Dyfi Permaculture Trust with her recently) I had a home ed group here yesterday. I put the trap out the previous night, put the catch in jars and covered the trap which we opened when they had all arrived mid morning (taking care to keep all in a shady place as it is so hot). We talked about the moths, studied the ones in the jars and then emptied the trap.  We had around 50 species, nothing I hadn't caught before but the children - and adults were enthralled and very enthusiastic.  At least one family (the mum and dad were particularly interested) has said they will be getting a trap and will hopefully contribute to future records.  I have emailed them lots of info.


  1. Fantastic Sally, I'm glad that the session at Dyfed Permaculture was infectious! It is great to see people's amazement at the moths that are trapped. I hope to get the trap out more schools in the future. When I spoke to councillors at a biodiversity seminar recently most of my slides were of moths - just to emphasise the importance of a resiliant and diverse natural environment. The looks on their faces was great! I have some day-flying moth psoters for schools if you ever do something like that again. Just ley me know. Isabel

  2. Excellent job there, Sally.

    Kids today can see grizly bears and tigers and great white sharks every day on tele and its just like looking at the wallpaper - if 10% of the children and their families maintain an interest in wildlife as a result of seeing the real thing that you and Isobel have taken the time to show them, that will be a massive achievement for them and for you.

    Thank you for your efforts.

  3. Sorry I spelt your name wrong, Isabel.

  4. I do have to adjust to looking at a trap with a lot of people and hands diving in all over the place. It's usually a rather pleasant solitary experience early in the moring with a cup coffee. Almost zen! It is tempting to say 'everyone back off from the trap' but what you lose in identified species you gain in adults/children hopefully getting involved in conservation!

  5. Many years ago we held a low-key moth event in a Wiltshire country park . Just a single MV lamp over a white sheet. Advertised it as 10 p.m. until midnight. Kids loved it - a real adventure: out late in the dark, chasing moths through undergrowth with nets and torches, while we gathered around the light, chatting with parents about moths and our conservation efforts in the park and how they could enhance their gardens for wildlife. They finally allowed us to pack up at 2 o'clock in the morning. Great times!