Events

Belted beauty Count - date tba in late March for April 2019

This is the annual survey of the only viable Belted Beauty colony remaining in England and, probably, Wales. The meeting starts at 10.30am, on a weekend in April, gathering beforehand in the Potts Corner Car Park (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. However, be prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions! Waterproof walking boots or wellies are strongly recommended. The count is arranged to avoid the highest tides but the area is still very muddy with some deep, water-filled channels. Those attending are asked to take care when moving around on the marsh.

There is no guarantee that moths will be found but it would be surprising if that were the case. We usually find a few and on occasions have counted several hundred.

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 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