Lancashire Moth Recording


Latest Lancashire Moth Newsletter March 2019 now out

Also, the 2018 Cheshire Moth Report (VC58) has been published. A labour of love from Steve Hind. It can take a little while to load.

Belted Beauty Count

This year's count will be held on Sunday 14th April 10:30 at Pott's Corner. See Events page for more details!

Moth Social

This year's social will be held at Leighton Moss RSPB on Friday 5th April (7-9.30). Please contact Pete Marsh as space is limited.

New book on the Butterflies and Day-flying Moths published March 2019

The publication will be delivered free to existing members of the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society. If you're interested in getting a copy, please e-mail

Brian Hancock's "Pugs of North-west England" available from NHBS

Brian's guide to moths on these pages has been an invaluable guide for moth'ers countrywide. It's been revised and fully updated with state-of-the-art mapping through Dave Bickerton and the Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society. Only £15 and available through all good stores! If you bump into Brian around Leighton Moss, I'm sure he'll avail you of a copy.

New Field Guide Published

Local moth expert Steve Palmer is co-author of a brand new field guide which has just been published....



Published by The British Entomological and Natural History Society

392 pp., full colour, softback with detachable vinyl cover. BENHS members price £16, RRP £24; plus postage.

Available through the usual booksellers such as Atropos Books and it will shortly be placed on the British Entomological and Natural History Society website (BENHS)

The book is designed to be an essential guide for anyone interested in finding micro-moths. For every species that breeds in Great Britain and Ireland, the full life-history details are set out concisely, in a standard way, with a thumbnail map.

For anyone familiar with "Emmet" (Maitland Emmet, A Field Guide to the Smaller British Lepidoptera, 2nd edition, 1988) the format is the same, with the addition of thumbnail distribution maps.

Much has been updated, reflecting the amount of new knowledge accrued since “Emmet”, and many new species have been added. It will be an essential reference if you have an interest in the life histories of the micros, but it is not a photographic id guide.'

Ideas for a Butterfly and Moth Garden

I was contacted recently by Mia, a local Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Her troop have become very interested in entomology, especially butterflies and moths. One of the Guides, Kim, came across this article about creating a butterfly garden and asked if I would like to add it to our website. The article is very interesting and although it is American, everything it says is true for us here too, and of course, what is good for butterflies is good for moths. I am delighted to encourage Kim and her friends in their interest, so well done.

Here is the link

Micro Moth Field Tips Book Published

Ben Smart's excellent book on Micro Moth Field Tips (2nd Edition) has now been published.

Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society, with Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch are co-funding the publication of this new guide. The book is £16 plus p&p from NHBS