Upper Thames Branch Events


Committee Meetings

  • Tuesday 13th March 2018
  • Monday 1st October 2018

Meetings are held at Benson, Oxon. Branch members are welcome to attend committee meetings but are requested to advise the the Hon. Secretary in advance.

Diary Dates

10th March 2018 : To celebrate 50 years of Butterfly Conservation, UTB members and friends are invited to join a work party at Aston Upthorpe Downs. More information is available here.

10th March 2018 : To celebrate 50 years of Butterfly Conservation, UTB members are invited to join the Herts and Middlesex Branch's Conservation Day at Millhoppers' Pasture NR (near Wilstone, Tring). More information is available here.

Field Meetings and Work Parties

  • Non-members are welcome to attend our events. If you do so, please make yourself known to the event organiser/leader.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (see Safety Code point 7 below).
  • Outdoor events, especially in the winter, are sometimes cancelled at short notice. Please check with the organiser/leader before attending one.
  • The following events are downloaded from Butterfly Conservation's events database.

The Field Trip Organiser is looking for new leaders for the following field trips:

  • Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers (mid-May)
  • Shabbington Wood (mid-June)
  • Iver village (end of June)
If you are able to take one of these on, please contact Steph Rodgers.

Berkshire Moth Group

The Berkshire Moth Group meets on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm at Maiden Erlegh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, near Reading (grid ref SU749709). 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. Be prepared for possible changes in weather conditions.
  3. Winter events will be cancelled if weather conditions are adverse. However, if events go ahead conditions may not be ideal. 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.
  5. At the briefing, please let the leader know if you have a mobile telephone 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. If you decide to leave the event early, please ensure that you tell the Leader.
  11. Take care at all times, but ENJOY YOURSELF.