North Lancashire Wildlife Group

(formerly North Lancashire Naturalists' Group)

A Brimstone moth caterpillar (Opisthograptis luteolata) in a Bolton-le-Sands garden

Words and Photograph Steve Garland


If you are interested in wildlife and have a general love of nature, you may want to do something to help conserve it. One really important activity you could take part in is to record and share details of the wildlife that you see. You’d be joining thousands of volunteers across the UK, who are gathering essential information to help protect and restore nature.

Every decision that’s made about the environment — whether it’s where to create a new nature reserve, or where to build a new supermarket — depends on accessible wildlife information. By taking part in wildlife recording, you can help ensure that these important decisions are based on the best and most up-to-date information.

Because plants, animals and fungi continually appear in new places and disappear from old ones, recording is never finished. Even knowing that a familiar species is still to be found in its regular haunts is valuable information.

Nowadays most recording is done via the World Wide Web. There are three useful websites:

Apps for all three are available for smartphones.

Our members can offer help and advice in their particular fields:

Plants inc Trees, Ferns, Horsetails
Martin Sherlock 01524 66131
Butterflies, Dragonflies
Barbara Crooks
Belinda Nixie
Chris Workman 01524 67326
Gail Armstrong 01524 701316
Grasshoppers, Bush-crickets, etc. (Orthoptera)
Jeff Gorse 07922 453908
Moths (Lancashire only)
Macro-moth recorder for West Lancashire (VC60)
Justine Patton
Mammals, Amphibians, Reptiles, Fish
Linda Renshaw 01524 733036
Rob Zloch 07767 797797
Peter Marsh 07532 433043
Mute Swans
For sightings and observations only, not reports of injured or dead swans
Sheila Cooper 01524 733787
Beetles, Woodlice, Millipedes, Centipedes, Flies etc
Steve Garland 07722 541688

Do you have an area of interest not listed above? Consider adding yourself to our list. Contact the webmaster