Suffolk Moth Group Indoor meeting – 21st March 2020 – Bucklesham Village Hall.


Doors will open at 9.30am for setting up, refreshments and general chat plus looking at exhibits. The meeting will officially start from 10am. Some of the group will then be lunching in a local pub just down the road from around 12.30pm onwards. Please let me know if you intend to eat at the pub well before the meeting day so I can phone in advance to let them know numbers. Or you can bring your own food along, the hall can be left open for those doing this. The meeting will continue until we have run out of talks etc, possibly around 4.30-5pm.

This year our guest speaker will be Sharon Hearle from Butterfly Conservation. Sharon is the Eastern Region Senior Conservation Officer and is involved with many Butterfly and Moth projects in the area. Sharon will be telling us about the Regional Action Plan as well as work on the high priority moths in Suffolk which includes Marsh carpet, the Breckland species plus the Sloe carpet.
Following Sharon’s talk there will be the chance for members to show presentations. A digital projector will be available for those with digital presentations or images. This year if members could restrict their talks to 30 minutes duration then that will allow us to show what everyone has produced as well as the chance to ask questions. If you are doing a Powerpoint presentation then you should save it in OpenOffice format or if you use Microsoft Office then Office 2007 format or earlier.
Tables will also be provided for those with exhibits. It would be useful if you are intending on giving a presentation to let me know.
I hope to do a demonstration of a moth dissection for those who are interested, a technique that is not as hard as it first appears.
Refreshments  (tea, coffee and cake/biscuits) will be provided. There will be a request for voluntary contributions towards the cost of hiring the hall.

Bucklesham Village Hall is not far from the Nacton A12/A14 roundabout to the east of Ipswich. From the A12/A14 roundabout take the minor exit after the A12 exit but before the A14 Felixstowe exit. This exit is signposted to Bucklesham and leads via a single track road to Bucklesham Village. At the end of this road you will reach the village, at the T junction turn right into Bucklesham Road. Take the next right turn into Levington Lane and the village hall is a short distance down the lane on the right. A map of the location can be viewed by following this link. The OS Grid Reference for the hall is TM242417. If you need any more detailed instructions in how to get there then do get in contact with myself.

All are welcome – if you are just starting getting interested in moths this is a great event to meet up and find out all about it.
Hopefully see you there!

Neil Sherman, County moth recorder. (

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