Lancashire Branch Open Day 8th July, Leighton Moss

High brown fritillary

Dear members, friends and supporters we are delighted to announce that our main event of the year will be at the superb Leighton Moss RSPB reserve in Silverdale in North Lancashire. There is very good access via the M6 and A6 at Carnforth taking the Warton road towards Silverdale. Turn right just before Silverdale Railway Station and use the RSPB car park almost immediately on the left. We will be based in the Education [Holt] room at the back of the main building.....across the road from the car park.

Subject to confirmation the programme will be ...

9.45-10.45 am   Opening of overnight moth traps with opportunity for photography.

10.45-11.30am ‘The Life of the Brown hairstreak and its current status in North Lancashire.’ An illustrated Talk by Tom Dunbar.

11.45-12.30pm ‘The Butterflies and Moths of the Arnside and Silverdale Area: A Personal perspective’. An illustrated talk by Brian Hancock.

12.30-13.15pm   Lunch.....and chance to see some birds!

13.15-13.45pm   Brief AGM and chance to meet your committee.

14.15-16.00pm   Meet in the Arnside Knott NT car park [4 miles from Leighton Moss] for a guided walk and chance to see High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries, Grayling, Northern Brown Argus and other Summer species. [If an early Summer we may be lucky and see early Scotch Argus!]

If the weather is likely to be much better in the morning than the afternoon we may switch the AM/PM programme but this will be decided AFTER the moth traps are opened at Leighton Moss.

 You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or take advantage of the fresh food available at Leighton Moss.

NOTE. For the guided walk you will need outdoor clothing and good footwear. There is a moderately steep slope to the top of the ‘Knott’ but the views at the top are spectacular! For further information contact Chris Winnick on 01539 728254