Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Discovering the Moths of Selborne

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 having a 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. Alternatively you may wish to experience the opening of the traps in the morning. The choice is yours and all events are for all ages and experiences. Booking and pre-payment is available and preferred.

As well as helping to identify any moths that are seen, during 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.

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.

£6 per session – hot drinks and snacks provided

17th April 20:30 – Night Time Walk

18th April 10:00 – Opening the Trap

25th May 22:00  – Night Time Walk

26th May 09:30  – Opening the Trap

25th June 22:00  – Night Time Walk

26th June 09:30  – Opening the Trap

25th July 22:00  – Night Time Walk

26th July 09:30  – Opening the Trap

21st August 21:30  – Night Time Walk

22nd August 10:00  – Opening the Trap

11th September 20:30  – Night Time Walk

12th September 10:00  – Opening the Trap

23rd October 19:30  – Night Time Walk

24th October 10:00 – Opening the Trap


13 available
August- Opening the Trap£6.0022nd August- 10am
15 available
October- Night Time Walk£6.0023rd Oct 7:30pm
15 available
October- Opening the Trap£6.0024th October 10am

Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre

Gilbert White’s Field Studies Centre is the Education Department of Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collection. Our mission is to inspire journeys of discovery in the natural world for all ages and abilities and throughout the seasons.

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