Lancashire Moth Recording
Lancashire Moth Atlas 'Map'
An excel file showing the number of species recorded by tetrad has been added to the files section and can be downloaded from here: Excel Tetrad Map
Please don't amend the on-line version. Green squares have >99 species recorded, yellow 20-99 and red <20. Please do your best to get into your local tetrads which are red or amber. I found four of my friends had homes in such squares and after three or four visits throughout 2021, they're now green. Time is short now to get the early ones but please have a go as 2022 is the last year for data collection for the Lancashire Moth Atlas.
For those who are unsure about what tetrads are, have a look at the following BTO site https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/birdatlas/methods/correct-grid-references/know-your-place
To find your grid reference https://gridreferencefinder.com/
Guidelines update for 2022
The guidelines for recording moths in Lancashire in 2022, as agreed by the County Moth Recorders, have been updated and placed on the Guidelines for Recorders page. Everything you need to know is in the one Excel document which can be downloaded or viewed on-line. New spreadsheet masters (Version 22) are now available with more detailed action information.
Belted Beauty count April 2022
Micro-moth Field Tips Volume 2
Leighton Moss Moth Trappers end-of-year Social
Moths of Lancashire Newsletter 2 December 2021
The most recent Newsletter December 2021 on progress is now available.
Note some corrections:The last date mentioned for record submissions in 2022 (fourth page) should read 30th November 2022.In the under-recorded grid matrix, the numbers for green squares should read 10-19 and grid SD40W should be removed from the list (although it does have only 20 records if you happen to live in that area).
10Km Distribution tables updated
Kevin McCabe has done a spendid effort in geting the 10Km square records updated and the new 'Map' and the ever-useful 10Km Matrix excel files, correct to 2020, have been uploaded. See 10k Distribution Tables page.
This will hopefully spur you on to target 'missing' species or trap in poorly recorded areas.
New Macro recorder for VC60 (Lancashire north of the Ribble)
Pete Marsh, who for so long has been front and centre of the macro scene in Lancashire has had to retire from his role as Macro Recorder for VC60 due to ill-health. We all wish him well and know he'll be still as active as he can be. We are delighted to announce that Justine Patton has agreed to take on the role with immediate effect. Her contact details are on the Submitting Records page. I'm sure you'll all support her in the new role.
Butterflies and Day-flying Moths published March 2019
The publication is was published by the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society in connection with teh Lancashire Moth Group and Butterfly Conservation. If you're interested in getting a copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Hancock's "Pugs of North-west England" available from NHBS or L&CFS
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 or directly from Dave (email email@example.com)! If you bump into Brian around Leighton Moss, I'm sure he'll avail you of a copy of what's become a go-to publication on the identification of Pugs.
New Field Guide Published
Local moth expert Steve Palmer is co-author of a brand new field guide which has just been published....
A FIELD GUIDE TO THE SMALLER MOTHS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND - 3rd EDITION, 2018
Edited by J.R.LANGMAID, S.M.PALMER and M.R.YOUNG
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
https://www.atroposbooks.co.uk/a-field-guide-to-the-smaller-moths-of-great-britain-and-ireland and it will shortly be placed on the British Entomological and Natural History Society website (BENHS) http://www.benhs.org.uk/publications/
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.'
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 or L&CFS