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UTB Events Late Spring & Summer 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 - Late Spring & Summer 2014 

Berks Moth Group

Safety Code

 


BRANCH COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2014

 

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.

 


 

DIARY DATES

 

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 - Upper Thames Branch Members' Day & AGM : Amersham Community Centre, Bucks.
We will be having a round-up of the 2014 butterfly and moth season, with a chance to make your views known. There will be news from our reserve at Holtspur, a photo competition, quiz, stands and displays, and the renowned lunch and tea. Guest speakers will include Michael Pocock and Matthew Oates. Make a note of the date now!
Any nominations for the Committee should be sent to our Secretary, Dave Wilton, no later than 1st October 2014.

Saturday 15th November 2014 - BC National AGM and Members' Day 2014:
This year's BC National AGM and Members' Day will take place on Saturday 14th November at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

 


CONSERVATION WORK PARTIES

 

Much of our winter effort is at our own Holtspur Bottom reserve near Beaconsfield. You might combine a walk around the site with a brief session of work. Nobody has to work for the entire session but obviously you may if you wish.

All work parties start at 10.00 a.m. unless otherwise stated. At Holtspur Bottom they usually finish about 13.00 though in good weather conditions and at some other sites they continue until about 15.00. There are a variety of tasks and no great strength is required. Tools and full instructions are provided. Please bring a drink and a snack.

Aston Upthorpe work parties involve scrub clearance, start at 10am and probably finish around 1 to 1.30pm. We will have some spare tools if you do not have your own. Please bring a drink and snack.
Directions: take the narrow road south of the A417 opposite the turning for Aston Upthorpe and meet at the grain dryer at SU550844.
Please contact Jim Asher (01865 391727) if you plan to come and to confirm that the work party is still on in case of bad weather or in case any change of date is needed. We would greatly welcome your help!

PLEASE, ALWAYS CONTACT THE TASK LEADER IN ADVANCE as details frequently change according to weather, no. of volunteers available etc.

 

 

Date

Site name/ location

Meeting point & map ref

Task

Leader

'

Mon 26 May

2014

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort digging. Please contact Nick first so he knows who is attending and bring a border spade or small fork.

Nick Bowles

01442 382276

Sat 31 May

2014
CANCELLED (due to a clash with other events).

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort digging. Please contact Nick first so he knows who is attending and bring a border spade or small fork.

Nick Bowles

01442 382276

Thur 3 July

2014

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Nick Bowles

01442 382276

Thur 31 July

2014

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Nick Bowles

01442 382276

Thur 7 August

2014
 

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Nick Bowles

01442 382276

Wed 13 August

2014
 

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves secateurs and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Nick Bowles or
Tony Gillie

Nick: 01442 382276
Tony: 01865 751201

Thur 14 August

2014
 

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves, secateurs and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Nick Bowles or
Tony Gillie

Nick: 01442 382276
Tony: 01865 751201

Tue 19 August

2014
*NEW*

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves, secateurs and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Tony Gillie

01865 751201

Fri 22 August

2014
*NEW*

Holtspur Bottom
HP9 1BT

SU 918906

Ragwort pulling. Please bring gloves, secateurs and a drink plus suitable clothing for the weather on the day.

Tony Gillie

Tony: 01865 751201

 


 

FIELD MEETINGS - LATE SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014

 

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

 

Sunday 8th June 11am

Hackpen Hill, Oxon (also known as Crowhole Bottom, Devil's Punchbowl)
A wide variety of Spring lepidoptera including Wood Tiger moth and Green Hairstreak. Steep slopes requiring suitable footwear.
Meet at The Ridgeway car park at Sparsholt Firs on the B4001 (Landranger map 174, grid reference SU343850). The site itself is at grid reference SU355847.
Leaders and Contacts: Mike and Gillian Taylor 01235 751646

 

Saturday 14th June 11am

Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
About a mile from the Bucks border to see the Wood White.
Meet by the cafe in the main car park off Wootton Road (parking fee applies). Landranger map 152, grid reference SP794516 (not SU343850 as printed in the Newsletter).
Leaders: David Chandler/Doug Goddard.
Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

 

Sunday 15th June 11am

Holtspur Valley Reserves near Beaconsfield, Bucks
A chance to see our own reserve after a lot of winter work parties. Spring butterflies, perhaps including the Small Blue.
Meet at the Holtspur Bottom reserve entrance in Riding Lane. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU918906
Leaders and Contacts: Peter and Tess Ogden 01628 528297.

 

Saturday 21st June 11am

Finemere Wood, Bucks
A chance to see Black Hairstreaks at one of their most reliable sites.
Meet at the reserve entrance on the Edgcott to Quainton Road. Landranger map 165, grid reference SP720209.
Leader and Contact: Stuart Hodges 01296 730217

 

Saturday 28th June 9.30am

Horsenden Hill, Middlesex
An early start to look for the White-letter Hairstreak along with other Summer species.
Meet in the Horsenden Farm car park off Horsenden Lane North, Greenford, grid reference TQ163839 on Landranger map 176. Public transport: 5 mins walk north from Perivale Tube station, bus 297 from Ealing Broadway, 2 mins walk north from bus stop at the junction of Horsenden Lane South and Bilton Road. Insect repellant is advisable!
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

 

Saturday 5th July 10.30am

Black Park, Bucks
A site where the White Admiral and other woodland species can be seen.
Meet at the far end of the car park (pay and display) in Black Park road off the A412 Slough to Uxbridge road. Landranger map 176, grid reference TQ006832.
Leader and Contact: Wendy Wilson 01753 883465

 

Sunday 6th July 10.30am

Silchester Common, Hampshire
An important site for the Silver Studded Blue just a few miles from the Berkshire border. A continuation to Pamber Forest, a Hampshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve, is possible. The ground is very uneven, please wear suitable footwear.
Meet in the car park on the west side of Pamber Road in Silchester. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU625622.
Leader and Contact: Bryan Williams 0118 9792177 mobile 07919 921910

 

Saturday 12th July and Sunday 13th July 10.30am

Bernwood Forest, Bucks
Our annual Purple Emperor weekend with our species champion.
Meet in the main Oakley Wood car park. Landranger map 164, grid reference SP611117.
Leader and Contact: Dennis Dell 01296 397039

 

Friday 18th July 11am

Grendon and Doddershall Woods near Grendon Underwood, Bucks
Lots of summer butterflies in an exceptionally well-kept private wood. Numbers are limited so please reserve a place beforehand with Paul Bowyer if you wish to join this walk (details of the meeting point will be provided by Paul).
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225 paulmbowyer@yahoo.co.uk

 

Saturday 19th July 10.30am

Bradenham, Bucks
The National Trust carried out clearance work here a few years ago and the population of Dark Green Fritillaries grew immensely last year. We shall see if their numbers are still good. Turn east off the A4010 into Bradenham Wood Lane at the Red Lion pub. After 500 metres turn left into the small car-park.
Landranger map 165, grid reference SU827972.
Leader and Contact: Brenda Mobbs 01494 712486

 

Wednesday 23rd July 11am

Homefield Wood, Bucks
A good site for Silver-washed Fritillary and a lot of other Summer species.
Meet at the reserve entrance. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU814866.
Leader and Contact: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668

 

Saturday 26th July 10.30am

Moor Copse Nature Reserve, Berks
Summer butterflies including Silver-washed Fritillary.
Meet at the BBOWT reserve entrance on the A340 a quarter of a mile south of Tidmarsh, on the slip road just north of the M4 bridge. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU633738.
Leader and Contact: Jan Haseler 0118 9414750.

 

Sunday 27th July 11am

Hackpen Hill, Oxon (also known as Crowhole Bottom, Devil's Punchbowl)
Summer butterflies and day flying moths including the Chalk Carpet. Steep slopes requiring suitable footwear.
Meet at The Ridgeway car park at Sparsholt Firs on the B4001 (Landranger map 174, grid reference SU343850). The site itself is at grid reference SU355847.
Leaders and Contacts: Mike and Gillian Taylor 01235 751646

 

Saturday 2nd August 10.30am - 12.30pm

Langley Park, Bucks
Organised jointly with Bucks Country Parks, this event is aimed at beginners and should see a range of summer butterflies. Accompanied children will be very welcome but no dogs please.
Meet outside the tea-room by the main car-park in Billets Lane off the southern (westbound) carriageway of the A412 Slough to Uxbridge road, Landranger map 176, grid reference TQ016821. The walk is free for BC members, but the parking charge still applies. There are picnic tables, a snack bar and toilets by the car-park. Please book first with Wendy Wilson as this is a popular event.
Leader and Contact: Wendy Wilson 01753 883465

 

Sunday 3rd August 11am

Watlington Hill, Oxon
A walk to see the Silver-spotted Skipper and other late summer butterflies. Steep slopes and rabbit holes.
Meet at the National Trust car park near the top of Watlington Hill. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU709937.
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

 

Saturday 9th August 11am

Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Bucks
Common summer garden butterflies for all-comers. There will be a short continuation of the walk in Gray's field for Small Copper.
Park in the car-park across Church Lane and meet at the entrance to the gardens. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU976826.
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

 

Sunday 10th August 11am

Holtspur Valley Reserves, Bucks
Summer butterflies, hopefully including Chalkhill Blue, at our own nature reserve.
Meet at the Holtspur Bottom reserve entrance in Riding Lane. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU918906
Leader and Contact: Brenda Mobbs 01494 712486

 

Friday 15th August 9.30am to 12.30pm

Whitecross Green Wood, Bucks/Oxon border
A site where Brown Hairstreak will hopefully be found, a scarce species which is monitored thoroughly in our region.
Meet in the reserve car park just off the Murcott to Boarstall road. Landranger map 164, grid reference SP599149.
Leader and Contact: Wendy Wilson 01753 883465

 

Saturday 16th August 10.30am

Lardon Chase National Trust Reserve, Berks
A visit for second-brood Adonis Blue. If conditions are suitable try to distinguish between the various blue species! Very steep grass slopes.
Meet in the National Trust car-park off the A4009 at the top of the hill out of Streatley. Landranger map 174, grid reference SU583807.
Leader and Contact: Maureen Cross 01491 871239

 

Sunday 17th August 2pm

Wishmoor Bottom, Berks (MoD 'Barossa' training area)
Target species is Grayling with our species champion.
Meet at the North end of Kings Ride (Landranger map 175, grid reference SU875621). From the A30 at the top end of Camberley there are traffic lights by a VW dealer (Martins). Kings Ride is opposite the VW dealer. Go straight up the road to the end (about 0.75 mile) and park at the roadside. There is a track and metal barrier giving us access to the site.
Leader and Contact: Des Sussex 01344 772000, mobile 07747 472494

 

Sunday August 24th 11am

Bernwood Forest, Bucks
An end to the season butterfly walk.
Meet in the main Oakley Wood car park. Landranger map 164, grid reference SP611117.
Leader and Contact: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

 


BERKSHIRE MOTH GROUP

 

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.

 


SAFETY CODE

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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