North Lancashire Wildlife Group

(formerly North Lancashire Naturalists' Group)

One of the moths around at this time of year is the aptly-named Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea), which is both beautiful and has a caterpillar that feeds on Pine. It is the first time I've had one in my trap in Bolton le Sands as pine trees are quite scattered around here. This one is freshly-emerged, without a scale out of place!.

Words and Photograph Steve Garland

Our events should now run from April onwards, open to all. There is no need to book but if you let us know you are coming we will tell you if we need to postpone or cancel due to bad weather.


Summer Programme

No knowledge or experience necessary. Everyone very welcome. Great photography opportunities. In case of doubtful weather, do ring to check in case of cancellation or postponement. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are not allowed. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear are strongly recommended. Most are easy walks but one or two may be more demanding - please enquire if you have any questions. Bring water — and a packed lunch for the all-day events. There is no charge but donations are always welcome.

Use the Events Map to find out about our field events. You can zoom right in to the location where we'll meet - use satellite view for detail - and use the right-angle arrow link to give you Google directions to get there.

August 25 Thursday 10:00 AM–4:30 PM Flowers and Insects of Smardale Gill, Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Meet in the Smardale Gill Nature Reserve carpark, accessed via narrow roads, take Smardale turn off from the A685. Grid Ref NY742O83
We'll be walking along the disused railway and can explore side paths. Some wheelchair access. The highlight could be the Scotch Argus Butterfly but there will be some late wildflowers and many other late-summer insects. Red Squirrel occur here if we are lucky.
A distant site so car-sharing would be good — email Leader ( if you want or can offer a car-share and he will try to organise it.
Contact Steve Garland 07361 380255

September 11 Sunday 11:00 AM–3:00 PM Tree Identification in Williamson Park

Meet at the main car park off Wyresdale Road SD487610
Williamson Park has about 50 species of tree. We will be concentrating on native trees and others you can expect to find in the countryside.
Fenham Carr can be muddy. Hand lens not essential but may be useful. Bring packed lunch or check if the cafe is open.
Contact Martin Sherlock 07361 380255

October 16 Sunday 1:00 PM–3:00 PM A Fungus Foray at Fell End Nature Reserve

Meet at Fell End Nature Reserve carpark, Slackhead Rood, Hale. Grid Ref SD498777
Looking for Fungi and learning how to identify them.
Contact Steve Bullen 07361 380255

Indoor meetings have been suspended for the time being.

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