There is a very active Lancashire Moth Group run in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation. Links are shown below. L&CFS have produced reports on the Lepidoptera of the area in the past and are supporting this group with newsletters.
Biodiversity Action Plan species includes a list of “widespread and common moths in rapid decline” and some of these may seem incomprehensible to us and largely reflect disappearances from huge chunks of southern England. For example Buff and White Ermine are on this list along with Shaded Broad Bar, Small Phoe-nix, Small Square Spot and a whole host of moorland species such as Broom, Dark Brocade, Haworth’s Minor and Autumnal Rustic.
Far more comprehensible to us in Lancashire are Garden Dart, Spinach and V-moth – in company with south-east Cumbria, the Yealand/Warton area could be the most important remaining population of the latter species.
Then there are those much rarer and highly localised species on the Priority BAP list and our area plays host to three from the original list (Barred Tooth-striped, Belted Beauty and Netted Carpet) and three added in the 2007 review (Forester, Goat Moth and Anania funebris).
Newsletter Feb 2016
Newsletter July 2015
Newsletter March 2015 for the second half of 2014
Newsletter August 2014 for the first half of 2014
Here's a link to the Lancashire Moth Group's Website