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Welcome to the Lancashire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

The Lancashire Branch covers the counties of Lancashire, Northern Greater Manchester and Liverpool.

Within our area we have a great variety of moths and butterflies - including a number of National rarities.

Details of forthcoming events and field trips are listed, as are the contents of the Branch Library.

We also hope to build up a pictorial journal of the highlights from our trips and to publish details of good sites for finding both moths and butterflies.

Please come back from time to time to keep abreast of the latest news form the Branch.

Male Belted Beauty found at Pot's Corner, 19 April 2009
Male Belted Beauty found at Pot's Corner, 19 April 2009

Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch

News update Agust 2015

Lancashire BC Members Day & AGM held at Gait Barrows NNR on 25th July 2015

The following files are available for download

Members Day & AGM notes

AGM Minutes

Reserves Officer's Report - July 2015

Myers & YHA Statistics 2014, 2015

Netted Carpet moth - Larval Count (commencing Wednesday 2nd September 2015)

The Netted Carpet moth (Eustroma reticulatum) is confined in the UK to the Lake District and two sites in the extreme north of Lancashire (with just a possibility of residual colonies in mid-Wales). Its larvae feed only on Touch-me-not-Balsam (Impatiens noli-tangere), itself a nationally scarce plant. Thus conservation of this moth also involves conservation of its food plant, and the National Trust works with landowners to manage sites for the plant and the moth. There are several scattered and small Netted Carpet colonies in or near the Lake District, concentrated in the main areas of: Coniston; east and west Windermere; east and west Derwent Water; Muncaster; Warton / Yealand. More information can be found on Butterfly Conservation's species fact sheet.

Surveys of the larvae and food plant are conducted annually in late summer. In 2015 the intention is to cover as many of the known sites as possible in the above areas, and volunteer assistance will be essential if good coverage is to be achieved. Volunteers from Butterfly Conservation's Cumbria and Lancashire branches and other organisations have assisted the National Trust in this annual survey, and additional surveyors will be particularly welcomed this year.

In 2015 the intensive larval survey will begin on Wednesday 2nd September, focussing on sites in the Windermere area. On Thursday 3rd the Coniston locations will be covered, continuing from 4th to 6th in an attempt to cover as many of the remaining sites as possible. Training is given so if you’d like to contribute to the survey for this North Lancashire & Lakeland speciality please contact John Hooson at the National Trust, Grasmere 015394 63818 (office), 07825 450527 (mobile) or john.hooson@nationaltrust.org.uk

If your new Branch Organisers can help in any of these and other matters do not hesitate to contact:-

Chris Winnick Tel: 01539 728254 Chriswinnick@tiscali.co.uk


Malcolm Plant Tel: 0161 612 8172 malcolm.plant@agenabio.com


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