Events

The following includes events to which members of Butterfly Conservation (Lancs Branch), Lancashire Moth Group and members of the public are welcome to attend (unless stated otherwise). It is advisable to check that outdoor events are taking place with the organiser of each event, as detailed below:

Belted beauty Count  22nd April 2018

This is the annual survey of the only viable Belted Beauty colony remaining in England. The meeting starts at 10.30am, Sunday 22nd April 2018, gathering beforehand in the Potts Corner Car Park (SD413571) just north of the saltmarsh where the moth can be found. The meeting will go ahead regardless of the weather and is expected to last for a couple of hours at the most.
Pre-booking is not required – just turn up! If you happen to be late just head south from the car park – you’ll see us on the marsh.
Be prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions!
Waterproof walking boots or wellies are strongly recommended.
In the past a charge for parking has been levied but is unlikely to exceed £1. This has not happened in the last five years so may no longer apply.
The count has been arranged to avoid the highest tides but the area is still very muddy with some deep, water-filled channels. Those attending are asked to take care when moving around on the marsh.

There is no guarantee that moths will be found but it would be surprising if that were the case. We usually find a few and on occasions have counted several hundred.

Organiser Steve Palmer – s.palmer12@btopenworld.com

Photo - Belted Beauty (male) Alan Bedford 26.3.18



Moth Nights 2018
With Richard Walker 01704 876747 rbkvwalker(at)gmail.com

Moth night. Friday 15th June 2018. (Pyralids)

Anyone interested in joining me on the Altcar MOD site at Hightown, (between Liverpool and Formby) either bringing their own traps and generators or as observers are welcome. I would need to know names and car registrations in advance as paper work and permission for the camp Commandant  has to be completed before the evening. Joining instructions and timing will be sent to those involved. In the event of rain it will be called off.

Moth night. Saturday 16th June 2018.

Anyone interested in joining me on the National Trust site at Formby, (part of the Sefton Coast SSSI) either bringing their own traps and generators or as observers are welcome. There will be limit on the number of traping spaces available so interested parties should book early. Joining instructions and timing will be sent to those involved. In the event of rain it will be called off.

Moth night. Sunday 17th June 2018.

Anyone interested in joining me at the Discovery Center, Ainsdale (part of the Sefton Coast SSSI) either bringing their own traps and generators or as observers are welcome.  Joining instructions and timing will be sent to those involved. In the event of rain it will be called off.


General - North Lancashire Moth Trapping Sessions
If you  live in the north of the county and wish to attend a moth trapping 'sheet and  light' session, please contact Pete Marsh . Pete specialises in the  coverage of the Hindburndale and Roeburndale oak woodlands and (if suitable)  moorland moth trapping in north Bowland and on the limestone at Leck as well as  some very good private sites.  Venues depend on wind conditions so please  contact PMrsh123@aol.com or text contact details to 07532433043.  A special  effort will be made on the National Moth Nights 8th-10th September and if you  have a suitable garden we can use for leaving an overnight trap, please let Pete know.