Guidelines For Recorders

MAPMATE USERS: Please ensure you update your maps regularly and that you've got your filters set correctly. Please see following guides compiled by Graham Dixon.

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British Checklist of Lepidoptera

Agassiz Checklist

Here is a copy of the full British Lepidoptera list as of February 2019 with ABH & Bradley numbering system. View

Risk Assessments

Moth trapping is usually a fairly innocuous activity, but there can be dangers to watch out for, especially if trapping out in the wilds. For your info and especially if you get involved in running any sessions for the public, here are some guidelines on risk assessments that you may find useful, courtesy of Terry Whitaker and Butterfly Conservation.

View or download the files by clicking here.

Watsonian Vice Counties – what are they and why are they still used?

Hewett Cottrell Watson (1804-1881) was a noted English amateur botanist. Between 1852 and 1883 he devised a series of units of suitable size to allow the recording of species within a defined, unchanging area covering all the counties of England , Ireland , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales . These boundaries, the Watsonian Vice Counties, were drawn on large scale maps and are held today at the British Museum of Natural History in London .

This continuity of recording area allows county lists to remain stable despite the frequent changes to county boundaries that have occurred over the intervening years.

Lancashire was divided into two Vice Counties, VC59 and 60, with the dividing line between the two being the River Ribble. The southern boundary is the River Mersey (or at least its course in 1883!). Details of the precise boundaries of each vice county can be seen on the accompanying map, the boundaries being delineated by the coastline and solid black lines.

The South Lancashire recorders have adopted VC59 as their defined recording area in line with national recording of moths. The North Lancashire recorders have similarly adopted VC60

Outline map showing VC59 and VC60 recording areas