Please note that if the weather forecast is not good for any event then you must phone the leader before 9:00am on the day of the event to check if the meeting will take place on the day/evening.
Friday, 1st May – 8:30pm Goonhilly Downs Nature Reserve, Lizard Peninsula (Moth Night) A spring moth evening kindly hosted by one of Cornwall’s foremost moth experts, Frank Johns. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well & something to sit or kneel on. Target species: Emperor Moth. There should be plenty of Spring and early Summer moths to record and hopefully some migrants too! Leader – Frank Johns. Meet at SW728212 (postcode:TR12 6NT ), Goonhilly Downs car park (free) just off the B3293. For details and directions, phone Frank Johns on 01326 240357.
Sunday, 10th May – 11:00am Perransands / Penhale Sands, near Perranporth Perransands / Penhale Sands now holds 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. We may also bring a pheromone to attract Emperor Moths. 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 & directions phone Paul Browning on 01736 763677.
Saturday, 16th 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 & Brimstone should also still be on the wing. Bring packed lunch & drink. Leader – Robbie Robinson. Meet at SX089779 (postcode: PL30 4PQ), in lay-by at Gam Bridge. For details and directions phone Robbie Robinson on 01579 321586.
Sunday, 17th 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 & sunny weather every May. Dave Conway, who lives locally & 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 & beautiful fritillary. Orange Tips, Brimstones, Speckled Woods, Green Hairstreaks & Small-pearl bordered fritillaries as well as Emperor Moths will also be on the wing here now. We hope to 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.
Friday, 22nd May – 8:30pm Heligan Gardens, near Mevagissey, St Austell (Moth Night) This is a specially arranged meeting held for CBMS members & Heligan Gardens. Everyone is welcome to sample the delights of Heligan Garden’s moths on an early summer’s evening. With such a diversity of plants and habitats within their grounds, this site should produce some good moths. Leader: Dave Gibbon. Meet at Heligan Gardens car park at SW997470 (postcode: PL26 6EN) at 8:30pm where Heligan staff will direct us to suitable trapping sites. For details phone Dave Gibbon on 01752 666231 or 07904 129309.
Saturday, 23rd May – 12:00noon Lamorna Cove, near Penzance A new locality for our CBMS fieldtrips! We will be searching for newly emerged Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries at this location as well as other spring species. Walking boots, packed lunch, drink & sun cream essential. Parking is quite restricted at this location so we suggest that you contact Phil Harris on phone no – 07845 984426 to arrange either a car share or to maybe meet & park in Penzance & car share from there to Lamorna. Please ensure that you pay at the pay & display car park at Lamorna Cove seafront to allow you sufficient time to be spent on the walk. The car park will charge you from when you enter, even to turn around so please bear this in mind. Leader – Phil Harris & Jacqueline Merrick. Meet at SW450240 (postcode: TR19 6XQ), at Lamorna Cove car park or car share. For details and directions phone Phil Harris on 07845 984426.
Saturday, 30th May – 10:30am Chapel Porth / Wheal Coates, near St Agnes During the 1970’s & 80’s the Green Hairstreak Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary could be seen flying in good numbers over the hillsides between Chapel Porth & St Agnes and in recent years many enthusiasts have revisited this locality to find both species still faring well over the wide ranging coastal landscape here. We hope to find both species here today in good numbers given favourable weather. Green Hairstreaks are also found in excellent numbers behind the beach car park down at Chapel Porth and we intend to walk down to that locality. Meet at Wheal Coates National Trust car park as parking is too restricted down at the beach at Chapel Porth. Walking boots, drink & sun cream essential. Leader – Robbie Robinson. Meet at SW702500 (postcode TR5 0NT), in Wheal Coates cliff-top N.T. car park on left along coastal side of Beacon Drive. For details and directions phone Robbie Robinson on 01579 321586.
Sunday, 31st May – 1:00pm Breney Common, near 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 to see together with Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Emperor Moths, Silver Hook Moth, Chimney Sweeper Moth and much more! Photography is easy here so bring your camera. Leaders – Rowena & 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 Castillo Nicholls & Rob Nicholls on 07711105485.
Saturday, 6th 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 free car park. For details and directions phone Robbie Robinson on 01579 321586.
Sunday, 7th June – 11:00am, Garland Moor / Whiteleigh Water, near Hatherleigh, Devon, followed at 1:30pm by Dunsdon DWT National Nature Reserve A great day out in N.W. Devon to visit a colony of the nationally rare Wood White butterfly at Garland Moor! We should also see Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath & Common Blue butterflies. It is about 2 miles from Brandis Corner, (Dunsland Cross). Park at small pull in by track way on left A3072 from Holsworthy to Highampton at SS4410504234 (Nearest postcode: EX21 5JL), nr Garland Farm on right, opposite the turn off right to Garland Moor. This location can probably only accommodate a maximum of 10 people so please book with the leader to say you intend to attend. Afterwards at 1:30pm we will move onto Dunsdon Moor DWT Reserve to see large numbers of Marsh Fritillaries, possibly early Marbled Whites. Large Skippers, Dragonflies, Damselflies and other interesting insects. A wonderful area of Culm Grassland. The ground is quite uneven & can be very boggy, so bring wellingtons or good boots. Off the Holsworthy - Bude road (A3072), turn towards & go through Pancrasweek & just past Lana & park in the large free reserve car park at SS302080 (postcode: EX22 7JP). The gate into this reserve is on left just before Dunsdon Farm. Bring a packed lunch & plenty of drink. Leaders – Dave & Hilary Phillips. For details & directions phone Dave & Hilary Phillips on home phone for preference 01288 354364; or mobile, (limited signal and ok for text and when out and about) on 07484 116 265.
Saturday, 13th June – 1:00pm Perransands / Penhale Sands, near 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 & other scarce moths & 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.
Monday, 15th 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 & again in 2018. A guided tour of this virtually unknown & isolated locality should prove rewarding & 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 SX1314876701 (postcode: PL30 4NN). For details and directions phone Rob Nicholls on 07711105485.
Saturday, 20th June – 11:00am Penrose, near Loe Bar, Porthleven A new locality for our CBMS fieldtrips! We will be searching for newly emerged Silver-Studded Blues at this location. These are special for Cornwall as most counties have lost their populations of this blue butterfly and we are sure that there are colonies of this species still awaiting discovery within our county. Meadow Brown & other summer species such as Small Heath & Ringlet should be seen too. Walking boots, packed lunch, drink & sun cream essential. Leader – Marcus Rhodes. Meet at SW63602490 (postcode: TR13 9ES), in the First Downs car park. For details and directions phone Marcus Rhodes on 07790 344131.
Sunday, 28th June – 12:00 noon Pentire Head, Newquay A return to this 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 the hot summer of 2018. 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.
Wednesday, 1st July – 11:00am Seaton Valley and Seaton Seafront, near Looe We hope to see Silver-Washed Fritillary butterflies, Marbled Whites & other woodland butterflies as well as Dragonflies too! There are various day flying moths to be seen & 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 & this location possibly still 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 & 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 11:00am. For details and directions phone Russ on 07782 310777.
Saturday, 4th July – 11:00am, Pullabrook Woods / Drakeford Bridge, Bovey Valley Woodlands, Dartmoor, Devon followed by Aish Tor, near 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 & 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.
Sunday, 5th 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 & moths may inhabit this woodland complex. There used to be Elms in these woods during the 1970’s & 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 & 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.
Saturday, 11th July – 11:00am Penlee Battery CWT Reserve & Penlee Point This reserve usually has excellent numbers of Marbled Whites which are absent from Mid & West Cornwall but often more than 100 can be seen here without much trouble. Small Heath & Dark Green Fritillary as well as Gatekeepers, Large & Small Skippers are always present. Six Belted Clearwing and Thrift Clearwing Moths will be searched for with pheromone lures so please bring your own pheromone lures if you have some. Leader – Russ Hemmings. Meet at SX436491 (postcode: PL10 1LG), in Penlee Battery car park. For details and directions phone Russ Hemmings on 07782 310777.
Sunday, 12th July – 10:00am Cabilla & Redrice Woods CWT Reserve, Glyn Valley, near Bodmin 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 & 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.
Sunday, 19th July – 10:00am Cabilla & Redrice Woods CWT Reserve, Glyn Valley, near Bodmin 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), park by sawmill.free. For details and directions phone Dave Conway on 01208 77686.
Saturday, 25th July – 1.00pm Godolphin Woods, near 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 & 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 & directions phone Carly Riley on 01637 498462.
Sunday, 26th 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 & 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 & 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.
Saturday, 1st August – 11:00am St Newlyn Downs, St Newlyn East We hope to see & record plenty of Summer butterflies, day-flying moths & 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 & 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.
Sunday, 2nd August – 2:00pm Fellover Brake, Tuckingmill, St. Breward This site has a good colony on Purple Hairstreaks on its low growing Oak trees and there will hopefully be a good chance to photograph this ‘hard to photo’ species. Silver Washed Fritillary will be on the wing and Dark Green Fritillary & other summer flying species should be spotted. Walking boots are essential as the site slopes quite steeply and can be quite uneven in place as well as long trousers due to tall bracken on the slopes. Leader – Malcolm Lee. Meet at SX089779 (postcode PL30 4PQ), in lay-by at Gam Bridge. For details and directions phone Malcolm Lee on 01208 880106.
Saturday, 8th August – 11:00am Wheal Maid, Poldice Valley, near St. Day Today we will be searching heathland & the surrounding habitat on the old mining landscape here at Wheal Maid for Grayling butterflies. These are special for Cornwall as most counties have lost their inland colonies of this species. Wall Brown & other summer species such as Small Skipper, Common Blue & other species should be seen too. Walking boots, drink & sun cream essential. Leader – Marcus Rhodes. Meet at SW75014169 (postcode: TR16 5HU), in the car park at Poldice shown at ‘Poldice Mtb. Valley’ on Google Maps. For details and directions phone Marcus Rhodes on 07790 344131.
Saturday, 8th August – 9:15pm Ladock Woods, Ladock, near Truro (Moth Night) This is a moth recording meeting organised by Ladock Parish Wildlife Group who have kindly stated that members of Cornwall Butterfly & Moth Society are very welcome to attend this moth event. A high summer moth evening organised by Ladock Parish Wildlife Group and led by 2 moth experts who will identify the moths recorded this evening. This is a FREE event but booking is essential with the organiser, Rowena Nicholls on the contact methods below. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well & 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! Moth trapping will commence at exactly 9:30pm. Sorry, but no dogs allowed at this location this evening. Leaders – Dave Gibbon & Frank Johns. Meet at SW884515 (postcode: TR2 4PH), Ladock Wood car park (free). For booking and directions, phone Rowena Castillo Nicholls on 07711105485.
Sunday, 9th August – 2:00pm Delabole Quarry, Delabole, near Camelford This is an excellent location for our fieldtrips and the main objective of this trip will be to check if Graylings are still present on this inland site, as this should be peak emergence time. There may be the odd Marbled White at the end of their flight time, and plenty of other summer butterflies around, particularly on the Buddleia in the sheltered parts of the site. There may be the occasional Clouded Yellow to be seen. It is also a good location for grasshoppers, especially the Mottled Grasshopper found on the warmest parts of the site. This is the oldest working slate quarry in England and at almost 500 feet deep and 11/2 miles around, looking down into one of the largest man made holes in Europe is an impressive view. Good walking boots essential. Leader – Malcolm Lee. Meet at SX073836 (postcode: PL33 9AZ), in Delabole Quarry Car Park by visitor centre (free parking). For details and directions phone Malcolm Lee on 01208 880106.
Friday, 14th August – 8:30pm Heligan Gardens, near Mevagissey, St Austell (Moth Night). This is an open public meeting kindly arranged by CBMS member, Dave Gibbon. Everyone is welcome to sample the delights of Heligan Garden’s moths on a high summer’s evening and this being an open public event, Heligan staff will supervise members of the public who attend. With such a diversity of plants and habitats within their grounds, this site should produce some good moths. Leader: Dave Gibbon. Meet at Heligan Gardens car park at SW997470 (postcode: PL26 6EN) at 8:30pm where Heligan staff will direct us to suitable trapping sites. For details phone Dave Gibbon on 01752 666231 or 07904 129309.
Friday, 11th September – 8:30pm Tehidy Woods, Camborne (Moth Night). A late Summer moth evening kindly hosted by one of Cornwall’s foremost moth experts, Frank Johns. Please bring a torch, a drink, wrap up well & something to sit or kneel on. Target species: Orange Sallow Moth. There should be plenty of Summer moths to record including hopefully some migrant moths. Please bring your own moth trap if you have one! Leader – Frank Johns. Meet at SW642437 (postcode: TR14 0HE), Tehidy Woods car park (free). For details and directions, phone Frank Johns on 01326 240357.