Grant Scheme Supported Projects

Through our Small Grants Scheme, Tanyptera Trust has supported the following projects:

Project Title Aim / RationaleAward DateOutputs
Studies targetting Orthonevra intermedia (Cheshire Hoverfly) (Diptera: Syrphidae) on Cheshire Plain mires during 2023Further our knowledge of the status and distribution of Orthonevra intermedia in Cheshire.1st February 2023Written report including a spreadsheet of results with full data.
Hoverflies of Saddleworth - revised and updated second editionUpdate of the 2020 book with revisions of additional species and more details notes on larvae2nd November 2022A 52 page A5 sized book
A study of horseflies (Diptera: Tabanidae) on Cheshire Plain area mires in 2022To bring to a conclusion horsefly surveying of Cheshire Plain wetland that began in 2018, including a follow-up investigation for Hybomitra lurida.16th May 2022Written report including a spreadsheet of results with full data.
Using eDNA to record a site species assemblageFor Tanyptera and it's staff to gain experience of using eDNA to obtain a species assemblage for two sites.3rd February 2022Species assemblages and and Tanyptera blog of the procedures.
Central Manchester and Surrounding areas Aculeate Hymenoptera surveyingImproving recording coverage on urban areas 22nd July 2021A blog post of on the Kersal Moor survey and iRecord submissions
Moth recording/monitoring, and public outreach for invertebrate recoridng and identificationConsistent Moth recording for monitoring and habitat management purposes, and public engagement teaching recording and identification skills.23rd March 2021
iRecord submissions. A blog submission about members of the public using the equipment.
Large Heath Butterfly Species ReintroductionClarification of genetic health of release population. To compare the 3 UK subspecies.13th August 2020100 sequences submitted to Genebank. A blog article sumarising the first year of study.
Hoverflies of Saddleworth (a book)To research historical data from multiple sources over the last 100 years and write a small booklet setting out the results as a local species checklist with photographs of all including guidance on local sites and a brief beginners biology of the subject. 21st May 2020A printed booklet for record purposes, with a view to enthusing others about Syrphids.
Lancashire Atlas of Aculeate HymenopteraThe Lancashire aculeate Hymenoptera Atlas will provide records and accounts for all species of aculeata recorded in Lancashire to date. The main aims of the publication are to cover all the species (from brief to more detailed coverage), give an overview of the main groups and deal with the history of recording in Lancashire, species distribution (and change), ecology and biology.16th March 2020A printed book available to purchase from the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society
Delamere White-faced darter surveyingTo continue survey and monitoring of Delamere Forests White-faced darter reintroduction project.13th February 2020Continued monitoring of one of the five populations of White-faced darter in England. As this is a reintroduction project the successes have not yet been fully realised so further monitoring to inform other reintroduction is crucial.
Bee Recording in Cheshire in 2020Improve identification skills in order to further contribute to knowledge of distribution and presence of bees in Cheshire13th February 2020iRecord submissions.
Public liability insurance for Cheshire Bee GroupThe aims are to provide insurance to allow the group to undertake field trips, so that the group is covered in the event of claims for damage to property or people sustained in the course of group activities. Insurance will allow recording effort to be focused on the sites, and increased; also so that beginners or less experienced recorders are enabled to visit sites with others and get guidance on field signs, ID and recording from more experienced recorders. 13th February 2020Insurance will allow the necessary cover for field trips: Bee records on the selected sites will be added to iRecord, or RECORD (Local Environmental Records Centre for Cheshire).
A survey of horseflies (Diptera: Tabanidae) on mires in the Cheshire Plain area during 2019To satisfactorily bring to a conclusion the extensive horsefly surveying of Cheshire Plain area
wetlands that was begun in 2018
24th May 2019Report - published 1 Oct 2021
Barred Tooth-Striped Moth Pheromone Survey in North Lancashire1) Conduct a mark-release-recapture survey to assess habitat preference, movement between habitat types, adult longevity and population size.
2) Extend the known distribution from the 2017/18 survey in Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire.
3) Conduct larval searches to better understand larval ecology and foodplant selection.
3) Run education events for recorders to participate in current and ongoing surveys.
24th May 2019Report - published 13 Jan 2020
Moth diversity on a privately managed estate1) Improve records of moths in multiple habitats on the Knowsley Estate

2) Target coniferous woodland June/July in order to contribute to clarification of nationally rare species, cloaked pug (Eupithecia abietaria)

3) Improve public perception of moths
15th Feb 2019
Anabolia brevipennis survey at Gaitbarrows NNRTo locate the larvae of Anabolia brevipennis at Hawes Water, Silverdale, North Lancashire.5th Feb 2019
Apidae survey on the Dee EstuaryComplete a baseline survey during 2019 & 2020 to inform prescriptions for incorporation of a new reserve management plan24th Jan 2019
Attendance at Dipterists Forum Workshop, Preston Montford 2019Learn how to identify 'Empid' flies 24th Jan 2019
A survey of Large Red-belted Clearwing Moth on Astley and Holcroft MossAscertain whether Large Red-belted Clearwing is present at Astley & Holcroft Mosses, and to assess the effectiveness of myo and cul pheromones14th Dec 2018
South Cheshire Rare Moths project (SCRam)Sample a private estate (Cholmondeley Estate in Cheshire) for several target moth species historically or scarcely present in the area with the aim of re-finding them and/or adding to number of records of these species in the locality.20th Nov 2018Report - published 06 Jan 2020
Surveying Holcroft and Highfield Mosses for raised bog arachnidsTo define areas used by Sibianor larae and Heliphanus at Holcroft Moss, and survey Highfield Moss to attempt to locate further populations of these two spiders - and increase the species lists from these two under-recorded sites 10th Sept 2018Report - published 15 Oct 2018
Aphodius (Sigorus) porcus in Lancashire (VC59 and VC60) and Cheshire (VC58)Collate historical records, ascertain status at known localities, and identify and survey suitable habitat at new localities at which Sigorus porcus may be present24th Aug 2018
A survey of Bog Bush Cricket within the Carbon Landscape areaEstablish the current status of Bog Bush Cricket at mosslands within the Carbon Landscape area (Warrington - Salford - Wigan)12th Jun 2018Report - published 28 Sept 2018
A survey of Grass Eggar, Portland Moth, Lyme Grass and Anacampis temerella at the Lytham St Annes dunesGather further evidence for the status of Grass Eggar, Portland Moth, Lyme Grass and
Anacampis temerella at Lytham St Annes dunes.
1st May 2018
Collembola Recording Project (VC59 & VC58)To collect Collembola for identification for the VC59 Collembola Atlas Project and then move onto a similar atlas for VC58.28th Mar 2018Records - live updates
Quantifying the impacts of land management practices implemented for rare butterflies on macro moth community assemblages on Warton Crag, LancashireThe aim of the dissertation project is to determine which of the land management practices for rare butterflies, if any, influences non-target Lepidopteran species by comparing land management techniques and the species found at these sites throughout the reserve.26th Feb 2018Report - published 13 Oct 2018
Bogland Spiders – gathering new evidence of the current status of the special spiders of our wetlandsEstablish the current status of the Tanyptera project target spider species in Cheshire and Lancahsire by 1) re-visiting sites where Gnaphosa nigerrima, Carorita limnaea and Mioxena blanda have previously been recorded and 2) surveying likely new sites for these and a fourth Tanyptera target species, Heliophanus dampfi, which has not yet been recorded in Cheshire and Lancashire.15th Feb 2018Report - published 27 Jan 2019
A survey of Possible Cheshire Sites for the Nationally Rare caddis Ylodes simulansYlodes simulans is known from the River Dee as larvae from Llandderfel down to Erbistock, and in 2016, a female was light-trapped at the Wrexham Industrial Estate during a Bioblitz but has never been found in Cheshire. This project aims to supplement knowledge on the distribution of Ylodes simulans by searching suitable habitat on the River Dee in Cheshire.15th Feb 2018Report - published 08 Oct 2019
A survey of possible Cheshire sites for the Critically Endangered stonefly Isogenus nubeculaThis species was found in the River Dee, its only modern UK site, in 2017 after an absence of 22 years. The main site has always been Bangor on Dee, Denbighshire. In 1981 it was found to be more widespread and found as far down-river as Churton, where the river forms the Cheshire / Denbighshire border. All previous surveys have found that it was most abundant at Bangor and it was only found the one time at Churton. Nevertheless, if it is having a revival then it might be found in Cheshire. This survey will check possible Cheshire sites.15th Feb 2018Report - published 08 Oct 2019
Updating the checklists for the Tanyptera area for Ephemeroptera and PlecopteraThe current check-lists seem to not incorporate the data from the Manchester Museum collections or the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Committee cards held there. The project aims to remedy that and thus up-date the check-lists; data will also be abstracted from the NBN and local record centres for this task.15th Feb 2018
Checking the status of Nationally Rare caddis Anabolia brevipennis at two Cheshire sitesThe records of this species from its two principal Cheshire sites are at least 30 years old. The project aims to see if it still present at those sites.15th Feb 2018Report - published 07 Oct 2019