There is a very active Lancashire Moth Group run in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation https://www.lancashiremoths.co.uk
L&CFS have produced reports on the Lepidoptera of the area such as “Micro Moth Field Tips” and the “Pugs of North-west England” (both extremely well received) 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 Phoenix, 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).