LCES is an active entomological society, serving not only Lancashire and Cheshire, but also North Wales and adjacent parts of neighbouring counties. The benefits of membership also attract many members from further afield.
The Society has a stimulating combination of enthusiastic amateurs and skilled professional entomologists, cooperating in a helpful friendly atmosphere.
Although moths and butterflies are the most popular area of interest, other insect groups, such as dragonflies, Het bugs and bees, are given considerable attention.
If you would like to join us, please contact the treasurer / membership secretary:
A. Wander, 16 Bramhalls Park, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6AH. Tel. 01606 783 371.
Indoor meetings are held at 7.30 - 9.30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, October to April, at the Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire. Grid reference SJ521777. Located off the A56 on the northern side of Frodsham. Junction 12 is the nearest point of the M56. There is ample free parking at the centre.
Each meeting has a talk or arranged event for members, and a session for members to show items of interest, and exchange observations and views.
Many members go for a social drink after the meeting.
Prospective members are invited to attend meetings, free of charge.
Field meetings details are shown in the Annual Programme card and in the Society Newsletter. Meetings can also be arranged by any member at short notice and notified to others by email / telephone through the society hotline.
An Annual Exhibition is held each year in early March, when members from further afield, as well as regular attendees, meet to show and discuss interesting exhibits, purchase equipment and books, and attend talks by guest speakers.
A quarterly Newsletter is made available for download in colour off the Internet, and members are notified by email when a new edition is available. Back copies can also be downloaded. Black and white paper copies are sent to members who are not online.
Annual Lepidoptera reports and updates of distribution matrices for Cheshire Lepidoptera are made available to members for download. Paper copies can be provided on request.
A high quality Journal is issued free to members, approximately annually. Its contents range from scientific description of species new to science, to more popular articles and notes. New members are given a free copy of the current volume, while stocks last.
The Society’s extensive entomological library and reference collections are housed at the World Museum Liverpool. Members may visit them in person, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, by prior arrangement.
Most books may be borrowed, but some of the most valuable are for reference only.
Members who can not visit the museum at the times stated, may ask for a book to be brought by the Librarian to an indoor meeting of the Society between October and April.
There is a catalogue of the books in Journal 127, published in 2006. A copy can be sent by email on application to the Librarian.
Publications for sale include all LCES Proceedings/ Journals from 1881 to the present (and some ‘Chester’ Proceedings). They can be supplied in original form, or as photocopies. They contain historic checklists for several groups, details of sites and the species found, and many articles of interest. A catalogue of principal contents and prices can be emailed to members, or viewed at indoor meetings.
The Pisces CDs of Pierce and Metcalfe’s seven-volume work on genitalia of Lepidoptera are subject to a 20% members’ price discount, and other Pisces CDs to a 10% discount (membership proof required with order).