Belted Beauty count , Potts Corner

In view of the rapidly developing situation with respect to coronavirus, the planned count of Belted Beauty moths at Potts Corner, Lancashire on Saturday the 18th April has been cancelled. I apologise that this has become necessary and hopefully a count can be organised for next Spring.

Steve Palmer – Lancashire Moth Group

Photo - Belted Beauty (male) Alan Bedford 26.3.18

Social Evening - CANCELLED

Unfortunately due to restriction placed on BC employees due to Corona Virus, we've had to cancel the meeting but will hopefully re-arrange in the not-too-distant future.

Two talks by Dr Phil Sterling: "Why are Amenity Grasslands so poor for Wildlife? (Surely we can do better)" & "The Observer Book of Maggots" (aka the Filed guide to Caterpillars recently published).

The event will be held on April 17th 2020 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm at the Girl-guiding NW HQ, Guiding Way, Preston PR2 5PD

Admission £2 includes refreshments. Pre-booking is essential as we have just 50 places available. Contact Stephen Palmer to book your place (

Moth Night / Moths Count 2020

August 27th - 29th inclusive

The theme this year across the country is to target and record “red” underwings. In Lancashire's case this is almost certainly to be 72.078 Red Underwing Catocala nupta. It inhabits woodlands, parks and river banks where the larval food plants grow; Black & White Poplar, Aspen, Crack & White willow. This can sometimes be located during daylight, but the main strategy will see them coming at night to light, sugar and wine ropes. Sugaring mixtures for those who fancy making them can be found on Google.

Sefton Coast Moth Nights 2020

Thursday 27th at Formby National Trust, Friday 28th at MOD Altcar & Saturday 29th at Ainsdale NNR, all are dependent on reasonable weather. Anyone with or without their own traps are welcome to get in touch with Richard Walker nearer the dates for meeting details.

Leighton Moss Moth Events 2020.

Sunday June 21st. Meet the Moths. Public meeting. Trap opening 11.00 am.

Saturday July 25th. Meet the Moths. Public meeting. Trap opening. 11.00 am.

Saturday August 8th. Beginners’ workshop led by Steve Benner

Sunday August 23rd. Meet the Moths. Public meeting. Trap opening 11.00 am.

Sunday August 30th. National Moth Weekend. moth-er’s meeting.

Friday December 4th. Moth Social.

Saturday 17th October Leaf mine event Leighton Moss Holt (details to be arranged)

An all-day practical 1030-1600hrs, suitable for beginners (but no short-stay ‘toe-dipping’ please). In this respect, being a practical event with individual work-space, it is strictly limited to 20 people.

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 or text contact details to 07532 433043. A special effort will be made on the National Moth Nights and if you have a suitable garden we can use for leaving an overnight trap, please let Pete know.