Merseyside Active Naturalists would like to record our gratitude to Dr. Tristan Bantock for permitting us to use photographs from the website ‘British Bugs’, which he co-authors with Dr Joe Botting ( to illustrate our website until such times as we have our own images to display.

Thanks are also due to Ben Deed, the Manager of Merseyside Biobank whose original idea this was,  who produced the maps and gave me a graet deal of help and advice; to Dave Mallaburn who did much of the foundation work; to Gary Hedges who runs the Tanyptera project (;  and to other MBAN members Amanda Barber, Rob Duffy, Howard Harris, Bob Jude, Mark Pritchard, Steve McWilliam and Sue Marley who have all both supported and contributed to the work herein.