Brett Westwood steps into the world of a creature charged with the lore of night, whose dance with a flame has captivated us and whose cocoons have clothed us. Walk with him as he takes a journey into the domain of the moth. Producer: Tom Bonnett.
Richard Humphries, MBE
With his understanding of the clients and their specific needs Richard saw an opportunity and decided to start his own weaving company. Richard founded Humphries Weaving at just 20 years of age in 1972, in the same building where the firm operates from today in historic Sudbury, on the Essex/Suffolk Border.
Over the years he has developed a strong knowledge of not just the silk that most of his products are made from but the silkworms and moths that produce that beautiful material.
Dr Marc Holderied
He also writes obituaries for the Independent, conservation news for Whitaker’s Almanack, formerly has a column in The Countryman and is regular contributor to British Wildlife, which includes his famous column of biting wit, Twitcher in the Swamp.
He was was a 10-year old boy in the hot summer of 1976 when populations of many insect species rocketed (and went on to crash a year later). He was doing a project at school on metamorphosis and I began to read the book The Young Specialist Looks at Butterflies and Moths by Georg Warnecke and his interest in collecting grew from there and he studied Ecology before working on the collection at the Museum.