|Upper Thames Branch|
UTB Events Winter 2014-2015
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).
► THE UPPER THAMES BRANCH CONSERVATION REVIEW DAY - Saturday 28th March 2015 ** Agenda posted 22/01/15 **
► Upper Thames Branch Members' Day & AGM 2014 - Saturday 25th October
► Conservation Work Parties 2014-15 ** New Duke of Burgundy task on 6th March! **
► Field Meetings - Spring 2015 ** NEW 22/01/15 **
Branch members are very welcome to attend our committee meetings but are requested to give prior
notice to the Hon. Secretary.
Saturday 28th March 2015 - Upper Thames Branch Conservation Review Day
Saturday 9th May 2015 - New Members' Day
10th-12th September 2015 - Moth Night 2015
Saturday 31st October 2015 - Upper Thames Branch Members' Day and AGM 2015
Venue : Dinton Pastures, Hurst, Berks RG10 0TH.
Doors open at 10.00 for drinks and biscuits.
The day is for interested members to gather and DISCUSS. There will be presentations but they are intended to fuel discussion.
This day is not intended simply to be of interest to the experts within the society, but also to allow any interested member to learn a little of our Conservation work and have an input into the conversations that shape our future plans.
10:15 Introduction - Nick Bowles
10:20 The Duke in the Chilterns - Ched George
10:40 Recovering the Duke - Sarah Meredith
11:20 Tea break
12:00 The Striped Lychnis at Holtspur Bottom - Tony Gillie
12:25 The Striped Lychnis - Martin Albertini
12:50 Lunchtime - please bring a packed lunch - drinks and biscuits provided
14:00 Marsh Fritillary - Dennis Dell
14:30 How transect walk data can inform dialogue with land managers - Nick Bowles
14:45 Tea break
15:00 Last 15 years of data collected by UTB - Richard Soulsby
15:30 Closing remarks - Grahame Hawker
Room to be vacated by 16:00.
Much of our winter effort is at our own Holtspur Bottom
reserve near Beaconsfield, and we work also at Aston Upthorpe in Oxfordshire.
Because the adult Brown Hairstreak is quite an elusive beast, looking for eggs on blackthorn during
the winter months is the best way to map the distribution of the species. A limited number of sites,
spread across our local population, are also visited annually by a group of us and searched thoroughly,
the results enabling the Branch to monitor the health of the butterfly from year to year.
Sunday 16th November 2014 - Slade Camp, Shotover, Oxford (10.30am - 1pm)
Meet in the retail car-park at grid reference SP555050 on the west side of the A4142 Oxford Eastern By-pass (turn off the A4142 at the Horspath Driftway traffic lights then take the first left into the retail park). The area to be searched is immediately opposite on the east side of the by-pass.
Sunday 14th December 2014 - Rushbeds Wood BBOWT Reserve (10.30am - 1pm)
Meet in the small BBOWT car-park at grid reference SP672154. This is accessed from Kingswood Road via a track across the railway, the entrance to which is about 100 metres north of the junction with the Wotton to Brill road. If the car-park is full then further space is available by the road junction.
Thursday 1st January 2015 - Otmoor RSPB Reserve (10.30am - 1pm)
Meet in the RSPB Reserve car-park (grid reference SP570127) for our traditional New Year's Day egg search. The car-park is accessed via Otmoor Lane, leading north out of Beckley.
Saturday 7th February 2015 - Long Crendon, Bucks (10am-1pm, probably continuing into the afternoon for those interested)
Joint with the Long Crendon Biodiversity Group. The Brown Hairstreak egg search with the Long Crendon Biodiversity Group at Long Crendon, Bucks has been confirmed for Saturday 7th February at 10am and the meeting point is the Recreation Ground car-park at SP 6948 0882 which is off the Chearsley Road just before the Roman Catholic Church. Parking is possible on the Chearsley Road if the car-park fills up.
** NEW **
We have arranged a search for Brown and Black Hairstreak eggs at BBOWT’s Calvert Jubilee reserve. We are
looking for volunteers to help and no previous experience is needed.
We hope to show that Calvert Jubilee can be added to the very short list of sites with records of all
** NEW **
Meet in the main Oakley Wood car-park for Bernwood Forest (grid reference SP611116) off the road between Stanton St John and Oakley. We will walk from there to the meadows and the forest path is often quite muddy so wellies are recommended. There is a good deal of blackthorn to be searched so it would be helpful to have as many participants as possible!
** NEW **
Come and help us hunt for eggs - not chocolate eggs, butterfly eggs!
Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks
Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
Grangelands NR, Lower Cadsden, Bucks
Stonepit Field, Great Linford, Milton Keynes
Lardon Chase, Streatley, Berks
Hackpen Hill (also known as Crowhole Bottom and the Devil's Punchbowl), Oxon.
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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