Through our Small Grants Scheme, Tanyptera Trust has so far committed to supporting the following projects:
|Project Title||Aim / Rationale||Award Date||Outputs|
|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 2020||A printed booklet for record purposes, with a view to enthusing others about Syrphids.|
|Lancashire Atlas of Aculeate Hymenoptera||The 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 2020||A printed book available to purchase from the Lancashire and Cheshire Fauna Society|
|Delamere White-faced darter surveying||To continue survey and monitoring of Delamere Forests White-faced darter reintroduction project.||13th February 2020||Continued 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.|
|Public liability insurance for Cheshire Bee Group||The 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 2020||Insurance 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 2019||To satisfactorily bring to a conclusion the extensive horsefly surveying of Cheshire Plain area |
wetlands that was begun in 2018
|24th May 2019|
|Barred Tooth-Striped Moth Pheromone Survey in North Lancashire||1) 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 2019||Report - published 13 Jan 2020|
|Moth diversity on a privately managed estate||1) 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 NNR||To locate the larvae of Anabolia brevipennis at Hawes Water, Silverdale, North Lancashire.||5th Feb 2019|
|Apidae survey on the Dee Estuary||Complete a baseline survey during 2019 & 2020 to inform prescriptions for incorporation of a new reserve management plan||24th Jan 2019|
|Attendance at Dipterists Forum Workshop, Preston Montford 2019||Learn how to identify 'Empid' flies||24th Jan 2019|
|A survey of Large Red-belted Clearwing Moth on Astley and Holcroft Moss||Ascertain whether Large Red-belted Clearwing is present at Astley & Holcroft Mosses, and to assess the effectiveness of myo and cul pheromones||14th 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 2018||Report - published 06 Jan 2020|
|Surveying Holcroft and Highfield Mosses for raised bog arachnids||To 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 2018||Report - 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 present||24th Aug 2018|
|A survey of Bog Bush Cricket within the Carbon Landscape area||Establish the current status of Bog Bush Cricket at mosslands within the Carbon Landscape area (Warrington - Salford - Wigan)||12th Jun 2018||Report - published 28 Sept 2018|
|A survey of Grass Eggar, Portland Moth, Lyme Grass and Anacampis temerella at the Lytham St Annes dunes||Gather 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 2018||Records - live updates|
|Quantifying the impacts of land management practices implemented for rare butterflies on macro moth community assemblages on Warton Crag, Lancashire||The 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 2018||Report - published 13 Oct 2018|
|Bogland Spiders – gathering new evidence of the current status of the special spiders of our wetlands||Establish 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 2018||Report - published 27 Jan 2019|
|A survey of Possible Cheshire Sites for the Nationally Rare caddis Ylodes simulans||Ylodes 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 2018||Report - published 08 Oct 2019|
|A survey of possible Cheshire sites for the Critically Endangered stonefly Isogenus nubecula||This 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 2018||Report - published 08 Oct 2019|
|Updating the checklists for the Tanyptera area for Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera||The 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 sites||The 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 2018||Report - published 07 Oct 2019|