Events

Belted Beauty Moth count 2022

24th April 2022 starting 10.30am. Belted Beauty Moth count,

Potts Corner, LANCASHIRE.

Organiser Steve Palmer – s.palmer12@btopenworld.com

A BENHS (British Entomological and Natural History Society) Event.

An annual survey of the last remaining Belted Beauty colony in England, open to all to attend.

Starts at 10.30am, Sunday 24th April 2022, gathering beforehand in the Potts Corner Car Park (SD413571) just north of the saltmarsh where the moth occurs. The meeting is expected to last for a couple of hours at most.

Pre-booking is not required. If you happen to arrive late, look south from the car park – you’ll see us on the marsh.

Come well prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions – it is a very open location! Waterproof walking boots or wellies are strongly recommended.

In the past a charge for parking has been levied but is unlikely to exceed £2. This has not happened in the last ten years so may no longer apply.

The count has been arranged to avoid the high tides (0613hrs and 1906hrs on that day) but the area is still very muddy in places with some deep, often water-filled channels. Those attending are asked to take great care when moving around on the marsh.

The moths sit around on the ground, and although there is no guarantee they will be found, it would be surprising (and disappointing) if none were located.

This meeting will go-ahead in all but exceptional weather conditions. In the event that National/Local Covid restrictions affecting outdoor activities are applied covering Sunday 24th April in Lancashire, the meeting will be cancelled.

If in any doubt, or you are travelling some distance and wish confirmation of whether it is going ahead, please email the event organiser no later than 9pm on Friday 22nd April for more information.

Moth Night 2021

The Moth Night team is excited to announce the dates and theme for the next Moth Night, which will take place over the three nights of 8th - 10th July 2021. The theme for the 2021 event is Reedbeds & Wetlands.

Reedbeds and wetlands are important habitats for all sorts of wildlife and occur throughout the British Isles. July is a particularly diverse time for moth populations in these habitats so why not get out to your nearest site and see what is on the wing? To encourage daytime activities, we are also going to be accepting records made during daylight hours and we will have a range of prizes to give away for some of the more exciting captures and for random participants.

Public events

2020 was a difficult year for events due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. We are monitoring this very closely and at present we are optimistic that public events will form part of Moth Night once again in 2021. We will only promote public events if it is safe to do so and will be providing more information on this as the situation develops.

About Moth Night

Moth Night is organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by moth recording enthusiasts.

Put the dates of 8th to 10th July 2021 in your diary and look out for more information about the event coming soon, including public events and prizes.

The Moth Night Team

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 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.