Belted Beauty count
This is the annual survey of the only viable Belted Beauty colony remaining in England and, probably, Wales.
The 2019 count for the Belted Beauty moth in Lancashire will be held on Sunday 14th April
The meeting will start at 10.30am, gathering beforehand in the parking area at Potts Corner (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 (sometimes very wet) and windy conditions! Waterproof clothes, and walking boots or wellies, are strongly recommended.
In the past a charge for parking has been levied but is unlikely to exceed £1 - this hasn't happened for several so may no longer apply.
The count has been arranged to avoid the highest tides but the area is still very muddy in places with some deep, water-filled channels. Those attending are asked to take great care when moving around on the marsh and work pairs if near any of the channels.
This year has been a particularly difficult one to try to gauge peak emergence in advance, but as regulars know this is not an exact science. Normally the visit would be about a week later but that weekend has 10m plus tides forecast which will inundate the marsh. To be fair to those travelling longer distances I should point out that sightings of the moth cannot be guaranteed (particularly in a topsy-turvy season like this one), but it would be unusual not to see at least a few.
Organiser: Steve Palmer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo - Belted Beauty (male) Alan Bedford 26.3.18
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.
Moth Nights 2019
Details of the National Moth Recording Scheme's National Moth Nights can be found here: www.mothnight.info
Moth Night is an ideal opportunity for individuals and local groups to promote moth recording to the general public by organising an event, which can be publicised on the Moth Night website. Remember, you don’t have to follow the Moth Night theme or organise public events; anyone can take part in the annual celebration.
More information on local events coming soon!
With Richard Walker 01704 876747 rbkvwalker(at)gmail.com