Lancashire Moth Recording
New Macro recorder for VC60 (Lancashire north of the Ribble)
Pete Marsh, who for so long has been front and centre of the macro scene in Lancashire has had to retire from his role as Macro Recorder for VC60 due to ill-health. We all wish him well and know he'll be still as active as he can be. We are delighted to announce that Justine Patton has agreed to take on the role with immediate effect. Her contact details are on the Submitting Records page. I'm sure you'll all support her in the new role.
Change of Micro recorder for VC59
Richard Walker has decided to step down as Micro recorder for VC59 but will continue on as Macro recorder. Stephen Palmer, with the assistance of Ben Smart and Kevin McCabe, will take over the role. Further information here. Please note, records to be sent to Kevin - see Submitting Records
Other News & Reminders
Coronavirus advice for moth-ers from Butterfly Conservation
Belted Beauty count and Lancashire Moth Group Social Evening in April - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus measures
New spreadsheet masters (version 6.01 April 2020) now available to download.
Please submit your 2019 records to the County Moth recorders as soon as possible. NEW Spreadsheet masters have been uploaded to the Submitting Records page
New grading guidelines uploaded
The list of moths has been completely reviewed by Stephen Palmer and each species has been given a grade to help recorders determine what evidence is needed for acceptance by the county recorders. The Excel recording speadsheets have now been updated to include these guidelines. See Guidelines for Recorders page
The 2018 Cheshire Moth Report (VC58) has been published. A labour of love from Steve Hind. It can take a little while to load.
Butterflies and Day-flying Moths published March 2019
The publication is was published by the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society in connection with teh Lancashire Moth Group and Butterfly Conservation. If you're interested in getting a copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Hancock's "Pugs of North-west England" available from NHBS or L&CFS
Brian's guide to moths on these pages has been an invaluable guide for moth'ers countrywide. It's been revised and fully updated with state-of-the-art mapping through Dave Bickerton and the Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society. Only £15 and available through all good stores or directly from Dave (email email@example.com)! If you bump into Brian around Leighton Moss, I'm sure he'll avail you of a copy of what's become a go-to publication on the identification of Pugs.
New Field Guide Published
Local moth expert Steve Palmer is co-author of a brand new field guide which has just been published....
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE SMALLER MOTHS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND - 3rd EDITION, 2018
Edited by J.R.LANGMAID, S.M.PALMER and M.R.YOUNG
Published by The British Entomological and Natural History Society
392 pp., full colour, softback with detachable vinyl cover. BENHS members price £16, RRP £24; plus postage.
Available through the usual booksellers such as Atropos Books
https://www.atroposbooks.co.uk/a-field-guide-to-the-smaller-moths-of-great-britain-and-ireland and it will shortly be placed on the British Entomological and Natural History Society website (BENHS) http://www.benhs.org.uk/publications/
The book is designed to be an essential guide for anyone interested in finding micro-moths. For every species that breeds in Great Britain and Ireland, the full life-history details are set out concisely, in a standard way, with a thumbnail map.
For anyone familiar with "Emmet" (Maitland Emmet, A Field Guide to the Smaller British Lepidoptera, 2nd edition, 1988) the format is the same, with the addition of thumbnail distribution maps.
Much has been updated, reflecting the amount of new knowledge accrued since “Emmet”, and many new species have been added. It will be an essential reference if you have an interest in the life histories of the micros, but it is not a photographic id guide.'
Micro Moth Field Tips Book Published
Ben Smart's excellent book on Micro Moth Field Tips (2nd Edition) has now been published.
Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society, with Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch are co-funding the publication of this new guide. The book is £16 plus p&p from NHBS or L&CFS