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UTB Events Early Spring 2014

Non-members are welcome to attend our events. If you do so, please make yourself known to the event organiser/leader at the start of the event. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (see Safety Code point 6 below).

For all outdoor meetings please check with the Leader before turning out as some may be cancelled in adverse weather conditions.


Branch Committee Meetings  

Diary Dates for 2014, including National Moth Night  

Conservation Work Parties

Field Meetings - Early Spring 2014   ** NEW **

Berks Moth Group

Safety Code




Branch members are very welcome to attend our committee meetings but are requested to give prior notice to the Hon. Secretary.

Upper Thames Branch Committee Meetings for 2014 are scheduled for the evenings of:

  • Monday 9th June (Main Committee Meeting, Benson, Oxon)

  • Monday 6th October (Main Committee Meeting, Benson, Oxon)

Please contact the Hon. Secretary for details of time and venue.





3rd-5th July 2014 - Moth Night 2014
In response to feedback from participants, dates will be confined to the warmer months of the year and each event will last for three consecutive nights (a Thursday, Friday and Saturday) in order to improve the chances of the weather being favourable. See the Moth Night website for more information.

Saturday 25th October 2014 - UTB Members' Day and AGM 2014:
Next year's AGM and Members' Day will be held at Amersham Community Centre, Bucks on Saturday 25th October 2014.




None currently scheduled.




Sunday 11th May, 11am

Homefield Wood, Bockmer End, Bucks
Our start-of-season field meeting for early Spring butterflies.
Meet at the main entrance to the wood (Ordnance Survey 'Landranger' map 175, grid reference SU 814866).
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225


Saturday 17th May, 11am

Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks
Principally a walk to find the Duke of Burgundy at its most important site in our region, but other Spring species will also be flying. Steep slopes and rabbit holes.
Meet at the National Trust car-park for Ivinghoe Beacon (O/S map 165, grid ref SP 963159).
Leader and Contact: Robin Carr 01296 625734


Sunday 18th May, 10.30am-1.30pm

Grangelands Nature Reserve, Lower Cadsden, Bucks
More Spring butterflies on chalk downland with some steep slopes, so please wear suitable footwear.
Parking by the roadside at the entrance to the National Trust's Pulpit Hill (O/S map 165, grid reference SP 832046).
Leader and Contact: Tom Dunbar 07740 930035


Saturday 24th May, 11am

Aston Rowant NNR (Beacon Hill), nr Stokenchurch, Bucks/Oxon border
Another walk for Spring butterflies, again with steep slopes and rabbit holes.
Meet at the main car-park (O/S map 165, grid ref SU 731965).
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225


Sunday 25th May, 11am

Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
Spring butterflies, including Dingy & Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak. Steep chalk banks.
From the A417 a mile east of Blewbury, turn south along the narrow lane opposite the turning to Aston Upthorpe village. Park by the grain dryer half a mile along the lane (O/S map 174, grid ref SU 550844).
Leader and Contact: Gerry Kendall 01865 245029


Saturday 31st May, 11am

Bradenham, Bucks
Our target species will be Small Blue, along with other spring butterflies.
Turn east off the A4010 into Bradenham Wood Lane at the Red Lion pub. After 500 metres turn left into the small car-park (O/S map 165, grid ref SU 827972).
Leader and Contact: Brenda Mobbs 01494 712486


Sunday 1st June, 10.30am

Lardon Chase, Streatley, Berks
A field meeting for Adonis Blue and other Spring species. Very steep grass slopes.
Meet in the main National Trust car-park off the A4009 at the top of the hill out of Streatley (O/S map 174, grid ref SU 583806).
Leader and Contact: Maureen Cross 01491 871239




The Berkshire Moth Group meets every second Thursday in the month at 19:30 at Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, near Reading, SU 749 709 (OS175).

Contact : Grahame Hawker 01189 700144.



As with any other activity, there are hazards in the countryside and everyone taking part in a Field Meeting, Work Party or other event has a responsibility (duty of care), for their own safety and that of others. We try hard to ensure that our events present no hazards but please note and act on the following:


1.      Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. If there are unusual requirements, these are noted in the individual event details. Stout shoes are a minimum requirement.

2.      During the main summer season you may be exposed to strong sunshine for much or all of the walk. Take a hat, use sun cream or protection for exposed skin. Make sure that you have adequate food and liquid to drink with you. Equally, sunshine can easily turn to cold and rain during the day. Be prepared.

3.      Winter events may result in exposure to very cold conditions although events are cancelled in extreme conditions. Warm and waterproof clothing and footwear should always be worn. It is sensible to bring a warm drink.

4.      The leader will provide a briefing on the event before starting, with details of any known particular hazards, and will also give advice on what to do in an emergency.  Please listen carefully.

5.      At the briefing, please let the leader know if you have a mobile telephone and are willing to take it with you and/or you have First Aid qualifications.

6.      Joining the event is an indication of your interest in butterflies. By their nature butterflies do not remain conveniently by the main path and will offer many opportunities (temptations) for you to wander away.   Take particular care to look out for hazards – rabbit holes, fallen or hanging branches, barbed wire, boggy areas, etc. Beware of wet grass, particularly on sloping ground. Children are welcome at our events, but if under 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for two children. It is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s) to ensure that the event is within the children's ability.

7.      Dogs are normally welcome on walks but not at work parties. They must be kept under control. Any exceptions are shown in the individual event details.

8.      If you are uncertain about any details of the event, ring the leader/contact in advance. There is always a telephone number given with the event details.

9.      If you decide to leave the event early, tell the Leader.

10.   Take care at all times, but ENJOY YOURSELF.

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