We invite you to discover and enjoy the rich diversity of butterflies and moths as you can find them each summer in this little valley in which Hilfield Friary lies. The day is led by Michael Sammes who will set up moth traps the previous evening. This will give you the unique chance of being introduced to them from up close! After learning about their particular place in creation and how they contribute to their ecosystem we move on to butterflies: You will be invited to tour the extensive Friary grounds in the search of butterflies – your records will then be fed into the national Big Butterfly Count! Our cover might give you a clue as to what you could find!
Michael Sammes is a retired Professor of Chemistry who, after a career in University teaching and research, has spent his time doing conservation work and recording wildlife. He currently leads a team of volunteers who created and manage a wildflower meadow in Chippenham. His interest in butterflies and moths dates from childhood.
He is a member of the Franciscan Third Order.
You do not have to book for our day event – everybody is welcome! However is would help us greatly, in our preparations, if you could let us know should you intend to join us for the day.
The suggested donation for the sessions is £10 which includes the event plus a simple lunch of home-made soup and bread and tea & coffee. We ask people to Gift Aid their donation wherever possible.