MothsIreland Conference 2023

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MothsIreland Conference 2023

It has taken 17 years but the 2nd MothsIreland Conference is finally happening!

By MothsIreland

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Date and time

Thu, 22 Jun 2023 09:30 - Fri, 23 Jun 2023 12:00 IST


Abbeyleix Manor Hotel Cork Road Abbeyleix Ireland

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About this event

  • 1 day 2 hours
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The 2023 MothsIreland Conference will bring together some of the most experienced recorders in the country with some of those who have only recently taken up this addictive hobby. Day 1 will be taken up with presentations covering a wide variety of moth related topics.

After the final presentation, moth traps will be placed in various locations in Abbeyleix Bog and left in place overnight.

An early start the following morning will focus on emptying the traps and identifying and recording all the species after which we will return to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast. This will be followed by the final event which is an introduction to leaf-mines workshop.

Conference schedule Thursday 22nd June 2023

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction and housekeeping

10:15 – 10:40 Des Finnamore: Abbeyleix Bog Project

10:40 – 11:05 Rachel McKenna: One moth leads to another...the compulsive joy of moths!

11:05 – 11:35 Tea/coffee

11:35 – 12:00 Dave Allen: Lepidopteran leaf mines... where to start. The darker side of the dark side.

12:00 – 12:35 Stephen Cotter: Mothing in Killarney National Park and the NPWS small recorders grant.

12:35 – 13:00 Owen Beckett: Farmer Moth Monitoring Project

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch with time to visit the bog

15:00 – 15:25 Don Hodgers: The Garden Moth Scheme: documenting our common garden moths. An overview of the Garden Moth Scheme with particular reference to Ireland.

15:25 – 15:50 Tina Aughney: Moths & Bats - The Buffet Menu

15:50 – 16:15 Tea/coffee

16:15 – 16:40 Ken Bond: History of moth recording in Ireland

16:40 – 17:05 Brian Nelson: The Burren: moth paradise. Highlighting the importance of the Burren for rare and common Irish species.

17:05 – 17:45 Angus Tyner: History of MothsIreland. Review of fieldguides.

17:45 – 18:15 General discussion

18:15 – 20:15 Dinner

20:30 – 21:35 Dave Allen: The White Prominent Moth in Ireland: Separating Fact from Fiction. A tale of mystery, deception, detective work and luck!

There will be a display of traps during the day and Christian Osthoff will be on hand to answer any questions.

Friday 23rd June 2023 - Please note early start!

05:00 - 10:00 Trap emptying. Identification, counting and recording of moths trapped.

10:00 - 11:00 Breakfast

11:00 - 12:00 Leaf-mines workshop with Dave Allen.

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