Moths & Muffins Morning

Racy Ghyll Farm

Discover the enchantment of night-time pollinators

Nestled in the Lakeland valley of Matterdale, Racy Ghyll Farm and the Rebanks Family have gained admiration and respect for their Herdwick Sheep, but most recently James’ strong advocation of nature-friendly farming, and his acclaimed books “The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District” and his recently published “English Pastoral | An Inheritance“.

Racy Ghyll, and the surrounding landscape, offers an interesting mosaic of habitats for a variety of beautiful moth species including Garden Tiger, Beautiful Golden Y, Poplar Hawkmoth and Green Carpet.

The morning will start with a fascinating insight into moths by Wild Intrigue, accompanied by hot drinks and delicious muffins made by the Rebanks’ family, before we had out to collect the moth traps.

kaleidoscope of colour awaits! Whilst your Wild Intrigue guides go through identifying and recording the species, you will have the opportunity to take photographs of these under-appreciated night-pollinators.

Moth trapping is vital for conservation. Many moths are are our nocturnal pollinators and have an important role in ecosystems, so they are indicators of changes in the climate and habitats. Once captured and recorded all the moths are safely released back to the wild. 

This Mini Exped contributes to Wild Intrigue’s ongoing work to survey the moths, and support wider nature regeneration, at Racy Ghyll Farm.


Adults £16

Under 18 £14

Suitable for all ages, but best suited for children aged 7 and above. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Location & Dates

2021 dates coming soon.

Racy Ghyll Farm is located only a short drive away from Keswick or Penrith, in the beautiful Matterdale Valley in the Lake District north of Ullswater. The exact address will be provided upon booking.

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What better way to start your morning than a hot coffee, delicious muffin and.. a bucket load of moths! Some of our most misunderstood creatures, moths more diverse, and often even more beautiful, than British butterflies.

Based at James Rebanks's Racy Ghyll Farm, you will join Wild Intrigue to discover the kaleidoscope colour that awaits when emptying moth traps set the night before. This is a perfect opportunity for macro photography, or to simply discover the hidden world of our night time pollinators.


Racy Ghyll Farm

Matterdale, Cumbria

(A short drive from Penrith or Keswick)

Accommodation Tips

Accommodation is not provided on Mini Expeds, however there are a number of wonderful accommodation options based local to Racy Ghyll. From camping to B&B's and hotels, why not make a break of it?

Get in touch with Wild Intrigue to explore accommodation options.

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