Lancashire Moth Recording
An informal group of amateur moth recorders, working to continue the recording of moths in VC59  & VC60 and  to help other moth enthusiasts.

Please help us to help you. 
We are all just beginning to tackle the tasks involved in acting as country recorders. Any suggestions you can give will be welcomed.

Micro Moth Field Tips Book Announced. Pre-publication offer.
Ben Smart's excellent book on Micro Moth Field Tips is being published.
Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society, with Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch are co-funding the publication of this new guide. The book is expected to be available in Summer 2017 and a pre-publication special offer has been announced by the societies. For details of how to pre-order the book at a significant discount see the attached document
__________________________________________________________________________ Belted Beauty Count Announced
16th April at Pott's Corner.  
For details, see Events page __________________________________________________________________
 New Micro Moth Newsletter available.
 (More like everything you wanted to know about studying micromoths. Courtesy of Steve Palmer.
Download using this link or go to Newsletter page. 
New Recording Spreadsheets Available. Please Download and Use
A series of changes to Taxon names took place in 2016. the new names have been incorporated into new versions (Version 4) of the entry spreadsheets. It is important that you download and use these versions from now on. Use of older versions, or home grown spreadsheets can incorporate old taxon names which can prevent the records being accepted into the county database.  The new sheets are available for download on the Submitting Records page.

Please do use these new sheets. use of old or non standard sheets causes a massive amount of extra work for the county recorders and can cause your records to be rejected.
Spring 2017 Moth Newsletter Published
The latest Moth Newsletter has just been published. Thanks go to Pete Marsh and Dave Bickerton
for editing and to all contributors. You can download a copy by going to the Newsletters page, where all newsletters are stored, or by clicking this link.
__________________________________________________________________________10k Distribution Tables Updated
Our thanks to Kevin McCabe who has updated the 10km square details of numbers of moths seen and species distributions to include all sightings up until end 2015. Go to 10k Distribution Tables page for details.
National Moth Night Records
In addition to your records from any night trapping you may have done during National Moth Night (Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th June, we are really keen to get any records for day flying moths you saw on Friday the 10th or Saturday 11th June as these also count and are much needed. For example, Chimney Sweeper, Mother Shipton, Fox moth, Silver Y and so on. 
See National Moth Night page for details of how to submit records.
The Biodiverse Society Project. Get Involved.
see Biodiverse Society  page for details
 Risk Assessment and Health and Safety Guidance
Some useful information to help you stay safe while moth trapping is available on the Guidelines for Recorders page. Please check it out.  
New 2016  version of PUGS OF LANCASHIRE now available, thanks to Brian Hancock. Download using the link HERE 

Spreadsheet fix. For Open Office Only.
 If you use the Open Office versions of the spreadsheets (not Excel) can you pleas download the latest versions via the links on the Submitting Records page.
A small error has been found that caused some of the name lookups to give incorrect results (very uncommon but very annoying). This error has now been fixed.
Help us Please. Submitting Records. 

Thank you all for your 2016 records. 
As we have mentioned before, it makes the job of the county recorders and our records keeper much easier if you are able to submit using Mapmate (see Submitting records page for details). Using Mapmate also means that you get to see the complete records for the county.

 If you are not able to use Mapmate, please download the spreadsheets created by Alex Parsons to help make yours and our lives easier. 
If for some reason  you can't use this method either , then submit your records to the county recorder but please organise these as a list of species and numbers seen by date rather than just a list of species and all the dates you saw them on. 
The latter method takes a great deal of time consuming extra handling on out part to get them into a final record format that can be used in country and national recording. 

Thank you

Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch Recording Report 2014 Now Available
download here   or go to Newsletters and Other Documents Page.


Status of the macro moths of the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, by Brian Hancock. Download from link below or go to Newsletters and Other Documents page.


New moth events now published. See Events page for details.

Important  VC59 Micro Records Can Now Be Submitted
Richard Walker has developed an approach for handling Micro Records for VC59. 
For details see the link on the Submitting Records  page or follow the links here. 

Please take this opportunity to send in your Micro records so that we can begin to fill in the gaps for VC59 (South Lancashire).

The contents of this site is almost all copied, with kind permission from Steve and Carolyn Palmer and others from the former Lancashire Moths site. The previous site has now been honourably retired.