2016 Upper Thames Branch Events
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Branch Committee Meetings
Berks Moth Group
- Monday 11th January (Benson)
- Monday 14th March (Benson)
- Monday 3rd October (Benson)
Branch members are welcome to attend committee meetings but are requested to advise the
the Hon. Secretary in advance.
- Conservation Review Day: Saturday 9th April (CEH, Wallingford)
- New Members' Day: Saturday 2nd July (Benson)
- Members' Day and AGM: Saturday 29th October (Benson)
Conservation Review Day - Saturday 9th April
NB: the date of 6th April given in "Hairstreak" No 95 is incorrect!
The day's schedule is:
- 10:30 - 11:00 : arrival and coffee
- 11:00 : Introduction and background (Grahame Hawker)
- 11:10 : The Chilterns Duke of Burgundy Project (Sarah Meredith)
- 11:30 : The Mosaic Approach: the importance of habitat heterogenity at small scales (Jo Staley)
- 11:50 : Earth Trust: local management projects (Kerry Lock)
- 12:10 : BBOWT's Bernwood Forest project (Tim Read)
- 12:30 : Lunch (Please bring your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.)
- 13:30 : The Striped Lychnis in the Upper Thames region (Elaine Ingram)
- 13:50 : Wildlife management and roads (Nick Mottram)
- 14:30 : General discussion & coffee
- 15:30 : Hairstreaks in the Upper Thames region (Nick Bowles and Peter Cuss)
- 15:45 : Final remarks and close (Jim Asher & Grahame Hawker)
Important: If you are intending to come to the Conservation Review Day, please send an email to
Directions: CEH is in the village of Crowmarsh Gifford. From the Crowmarsh Roundabout (junction of the A4130 and A4074), travel west towards Wallingford and then turn right at the mini-roundabout in
Crowmarsh Gifford (signed Maclean Building). CEH is on the left after 300m (postcode OX10 8BB). Express bus services (X39/X40) run twice an hour from central Oxford (journey time 25 minutes) and Reading station
(40-45 minutes) to Crowmarsh Gifford.
- 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 are sometimes cancelled at short notice - please check with the organiser/leader before attending one.
BERKSHIRE MOTH GROUP
The Berkshire Moth Group
meets on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm at Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, near Reading (grid ref SU749709).
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:
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. If there are unusual requirements, these are noted in
the individual event details. Stout shoes are a minimum requirement.
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.
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.
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.
At the briefing, please let the leader know if you have a mobile telephone and/or you
have First Aid qualifications.
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.
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.
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
If you decide to leave the event early, please ensure that you tell the Leader.
Take care at all times, but ENJOY YOURSELF.