Dark Skies wildlife events

Evening moth identification & nocturnal wildlife events with Nick Taylor. Sign up using the form right here

Friday 12th JULY: Limited spaces, advance booking essential
evening talk and walk: 8pm-midnight (plus Saturday 13th July optional follow-up 9am-10am). 

Venue: Bosavern Community Farm TR19 7RD (///songbirds.alive.deflation)

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Dark Skies Events at Bosavern Community Farm

Meeting at Bosavern Community Farm at dusk, Nick will lead a walk around the farm, discussing and discovering nocturnal wildlife inhabiting the space. A moth lamp will be placed out for observations and moth identification throughout the evening.

We also invite people to return the following morning with Nick to further identify extra moths found in traps left out overnight. This morning follow-up session is ideal for people with small children who may need to leave earlier on the Friday evening.

Warm drinks will be available in the evening session. Please wrap up warm with layers and a hat, wear suitable footwear (wellies/ walking boots) and bring waterproofs.

The event is free of charge due to funding made available by St Just Town Council.

All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Sign up to the Dark Skies event

Sign up to the Dark Skies event at Bosavern Community Farm. Spaces are limited, and given on a first-come, first-served basis.

If we receive your details after the list is full, we’ll add you to a reserve list. We’ll contact you to confirm your booking – and thank you for your interest!

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Report from the 7th June event

The first Dark Skies event at Bosvern was extremely popular with over 25 folks coming along, to sample the delights of wildlife out and about at night. The event started with a tour around with Nick Taylor, looking at the various habitats and features around the site, and an introduction to the aims of the farm from Katie Kirk. We talked about the aims of the Dark skies park too at the same time. Whilst exploring the trail we set up some portable moth traps so that attendees could come back in the morning if they fancied to see what was around after midnight. 
The main event of the evening was setting up the Mercury vapour bulb lamp, and gathering around to see what would arrive out of the dark. We weren’t disappointed, as the evening got darker more and more species of beautiful moths arrived. by midnight we had been visited by at least 30 species of moths, including the lovely Elephant Hawk Moth, the Wonderfully coloured Peach Blossom Moth, and the ethereally beautiful White Plume Moth. A fascinating evening.
The following morning 8 keen folks returned, and were rewarded with even more species, 35 in all, in the portable traps. Perhaps the star moth was the incredibly camouflaged Buff Tip, doing a perfect imitation of a broken birch twig.
The evening revealed some wonderful creatures, giving us a glimpse into how important our dark skies are for many kinds of wildlife in Penwith.



Peppered Moth

Peppered Moth


People looking small china mark moth

Small China-mark Moth


Moth next to identification book

Grass Emerald Moth


Hawk Moth

Hawk Moth


Tiger Moth

Tiger Moth


Peach Blossom Moth

Peach Blossom Moth