Lancashire & Cheshire Entomological Society

President: Steve Judd

Honorary Secretary: Gary Hedges

Treasurer: Marion Barlow

Founded in 1871, the society continues to offer an annual programme of talks, currently monthly between September and April. In 2019, the society also held two joint field meetings with the Tanyptera Project – Brookhouse Moss and Oakhanger Moss on 22nd May, and Hale Duck Decoy on 3rd July.

The society recently donated it’s British Lepidoptera specimen collection comprising 80 drawers across two cabinets National Museums Liverpool. They are housed in the Entomology Collections at World Museum. This is most useful as a synoptic collection of the British fauna, particularly for macro-Lepidoptera and local species. This collection is still fully accessible to members of other users alike.

In 2023, The society also donated it’s invertebrate library comprising a few hundred books and journals, to National Museums Liverpool and they are housed within the Entomology library at World Museum. The old library catalogue; LCES journals: ‘Supplement to the Annual Report & Proceedings Vol 127 2003’ may be downloaded from here but there are medium term plans to merge the former LCES library into the main NML Entomology library. The holdings of the main library can be searched or downloaded from the WM Entomology Library page.

WM Entomology Library

Between 1881 to 2010 the society produced a (mostly) annual journal series with other occasional publications covering all aspects of regional entomology, with numerous articles and checklists providing context for current Entomologists in the region. All the journals are available to download as searchable, bookmarked PDFs having been scanned in 2017 (funded by Tanyptera Trust). More information

Indoor Meetings 2024

  • We are planning a Spring and an Autumn afternoon meeting at World Museum, Liverpool. Each event will feature two main talks followed by contributions from the membership. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to use the collections, library and other facilities in the morning of the day by appointment.
  • All are welcome and it’s free to attend (online or in person meetings)
  • Keep up with updates from the society by joining their Facebook Group
DateTalk / SubjectSpeaker
15th September 2020AGM / Thirty Years of Butterflies in Traditional Lancashire and CheshireNominated person on behalf of Peter Hardy
20th October 2020The Beetles of Appleton DingleClive Washington
17th November 2020Urban Butterflies of AsiaDr John Wilson
15th December 2020Member's Evening (Xmas) / Review of the Year 2020Contributions from the membership
19th January 2021An Invertebrate Year at Fenns and Whixall MossesStephen Barlow
16th February 2021Live at the Fly OlympicsPete Boardman
16th March 2021Icky Ichs: Getting to know Ichneumon WaspsGavin Broad
20th April 2021British MosquitoesThom Dallimore