Each year of the project we are holding a series of invertebrate workshops on identification, recording, curation of reference collections and field craft to help boost the skills of beginners and experienced entomologists alike. We are also organising invertebrate recording days across the region to bring together the invertebrate recording community and facilitate improvements to baseline data coverage at selected important sites. Results will be published on this website. Other events include drop-in sessions to facilitate networking and mentoring.
Thrang End and White Moss Invertebrate Recording Day
21st June | 10:00 am - 4:30 pmFree
A General Invertebrate Recording Day at Thrang End Farm (Morning) and White Moss (Afternoon) in North Lancashire (near the Border with Cumbria).
Thrang End Farm
This is part of the same SSSI where the rare and elusive hoverfly Doros profuges was successful found in 2018 by Jim Cresswell and Steve Garland during our Yealand invertebrate recording day. However, there is no public right of way through the privately owned Thrang End Farm so it’s virtually never visited by Entomologists. The habitat is similar to the adjacent Yealand Allotment with Limestone Pavement and numerous ant hills but is grazed, at least by a herd of Fallow Deer that were seen during a site visit, and also rabbits. There is no obvious reason why Doros would be absent from Thrang End Farm so this will be a good opportunity to search for the adult fly.
Thrang Coppice, Thrang Moss and White Moss (a short walk east of Thrang End)
A mosaic of lowland fen, ditches and birch and oak woodland with scrubby areas of coppiced hazel, blackthorn and crab apple surrounding rough pasture. This site is private owned and has no conservation designation but is currently being managed under a Higher Level Stewardship scheme agreement.
Booking essential: Further details regarding parking etc. will be circulated a week before the day. You will be notified via email of cancellation in the event of forecasted adverse weather conditions.
The nearest WC facilities and shelter are at RSPB Leighton Moss.
N.B. There is no public access to these sites apart from a PROW through Thrang Moss and along the Southern Edge of White Moss.