House, Gardens & Cafe Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

Moth Nights

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 resuming 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 season 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. 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 in-sect 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.

2022 Dates 

6th May- 20:15
11th June-21:00
22nd July-20:45
18th August-20:00
17th September-19:00
(timings are based on sunset that day)

Tickets

1 available
Moth Nights U18 July£5.00
10 available
Moth Nights U18 August£5.00
10 available
Moth Nights U18 September£5.00
20 available
Moth Nights July£8.00
20 available
Moth Nights August£8.00
30 available
Moth Nights September£8.00

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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