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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.

For details of our winter work parties please go to the Events page

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 January 2017



9am arrival to 4.15pm

Places are free but limited and booking is essential - details here

The Field Studies Council have launched their 2017 programme of wildlife courses and short breaks; inparticular their Butterfly and Moth Identification Courses may be of interest to members and can be viewed here.

News update November 2016

Sunday 20th November

11:00-14:00 Brown Hairstreak Butterfly Egg Search Gait Barrows

Joint Lancashire and Cumbria BC Event

More than 20 eggs have been found locally so far. Can we add to this total?

Please bring a magnifying lens or a pair of binoculars to use in reverse mode for magnification.

Much searching will be off the main tracks amongst blackthorn suckers. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing including strong footwear. Ticks are still present.

Directions: Meet at the members car park at Grid ref SD479775 at 10.45 for a prompt start. Parking there is quite limited.

Contact: Tom Dunbar by email at tomdunbar@sky.com to register an interest.

News update October 2016

Peter Hardy, the Butterfly Recorder for Greater Manchester, moved house over two years ago but unfortunately his address has only just been corrected on our County Recorders page. Our appolgies to Peter and to anyone who sent records to Winstanley Road and never received any reply or acknowledgement - unfortunately the persons who bought the old house would not forward correspondence.

News update September 2016

Myers Allotment Lease.

Following a meeting held between Martin Wain, BC Conservation Officer, and representatives of the Leighton Hall Estate on 13th July 2016, I am pleased to report that the previously expressed concerns regarding our management of the site appear to have evaporated. The Estate expressed delight at the "amazing work" we have done on Myers and have agreed to continue the lease for a further 10 years, subject to a 5 year renewal. Well done Martin!!

Countryside Stewardship Application.

BC Head of Reserves, John Davis, and his team at Head Office are currently working on a Countryside Stewardship application in conjunction with Natural England. If our application is successful, it is anticipated that the agreement will come into force in January 2017 and will help fund management work on Myers over the next few years. Negotiations are still ongoing and further details will follow once the agreement is finalised.

News update August 2016

The Lancashire Moth group have just published their latest newsletter.

To view or download a copy please follow this Link to the Lancashire Moth Group website.


News update July 2016

'Moth Morning' event at the 'Sankey Valley Heritage Visitor Centre' in St.Helens on Tuesday, July 26th.

It will start at 10.00am and will last for around 2 hours. It will include the emptying of a trap, a talk on how to attract moths and how to see them, an identification session for beginners and finally there will be a chance to photograph themoths that have been collected over the preceding days. It will be very 'coffee table' and is aimed very much at beginners.

The Heritage Visitor Centre is on Blackbrook Road (A58), Blackbrook, St.Helens, Merseyside and our post code is WA11 0AB. They can be contacted on 01744 677772.

News update June 2016


As you may know National Moth Night took place over the weekend 9th-11th June.
Thousands of Moth and Butterfly enthusiasts across the UK have made a special effort to record moths on at least one of these three nights and many have already sent in their records.

In addition to your records from any night trapping you may have done during National Moth Night (Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th June), we are really keen to get any records for day flying moths you saw on Friday the 10th or Saturday 11th June as these also count and are much needed. For example, Chimney Sweeper, Mother Shipton, Fox moth, Silver Y and so on.

All records should be sent via ​http://www.mothnight.info/

Thank you all for your help with this event.....it is much appreciated. If you have any further questions please contact me. Best wishes,
Alex Parsons [Moth Officer for Lancashire BC]

News update April 2016

The programme of summer events for this year is now available on our Events page.

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

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

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


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