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Goat Moth Workshop

Organiser: Butterfly Conservation Scotland

Target Species: Goat Moth


Date: Tuesday 10th July


Time: 10am – c4pm


Meeting place: Car park opposite the sub-station beyond Luichart Power Station at NH392572, Little Scatwell.


Directions: Little Scatwell is situated c6km west of Contin along the minor road off the A835 just north of the village.  The car park is just beyond the junction on the dead-end road to Loch Luichart beyond the power station.


Description: Goat moth is a spectacular and rarely recorded moth whose larvae live within the heartwood of deciduous trees.  A recently formulated pheromone lure has been successful in attracting males at known sites in Scotland.  Lures and light traps will be set the previous night at a known haunt of the moth.  The field trip will check these traps as well as visiting known Goat trees to smell and look for characteristic signs of occupancy. 


It is hoped that participants will subsequently look for these characteristic signs and smells elsewhere in the Highlands to help find new sites of this very under-recorded species and thereby help determine its current status.


Approx duration: 3-4 hours field trip following a c20 minutes introduction and 1-2 hours checking the contents of moth traps and pheromone lures set the night before.


What’s needed: Dry weather, stout walking shoes, packed lunch and a good sense of humour!


Any other information: Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival along with a brief outdoor introduction.  Butterfly books and charts will be available to buy as well as free butterfly and moth leaflets to take away.


Booking: To avoid disappointment it is advisable to book by contacting Tom (details below).


Leader name: Tom Prescott 


Leader contact details: Tel: 01540 661469.  Mob: 07979 785665

email: tprescott@butterfly-conservation.org



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