Events

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. The Lancashire Moth Group and Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch jointly organise the events below.

Events along the Sefton Coastline

Please contact Richard Walker 01704 876747 or rbkvwalker[at]gmail.com for joining instructions and timing. In the event of rain, sessions will be cancelled. Note specific event requirements!

National Moth Night. Thursday 26th September 2019

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 trapping spaces available so interested parties should book early.

National Moth Night. Friday 27th September 2019

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. Proof of identity may be required at the Guard House. Joining instructions and timing will be sent to those involved. In the event of troop night exercises may be possible to meet at a different venue.

National Moth Night. Saturday 28th September 2019

Anyone interested in joining me at the Discovery Centre, Ainsdale (part of the Sefton Coast SSSI) either bringing their own traps and generators or as observers are welcome.

Events in North Lancashire

Please contact Jane Jones 01254 248832 or jcjmail[at]aol.com for registering an interest in the event or to any questions you may have.

National Moth Night Friday 27th September 2019

Gaitbarrows NNR. Meet just before 7pm at the carpark to walk to the shed area. Parking is very limited on-site so car sharing is essential. Leighton Moss car park can be used. If you are considering bringing your own trap, please contact Junstine Patton JUSTINEP[at]hotmail.co.uk beforehand

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 – s.palmer12@btopenworld.com

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 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.