Upper Thames Branch Events

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Committee Meetings

  • 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

23rd,24th June

Chalk_Grasslands plant identification and conservation
 
Berrycroft Hub is running a two-day workshop on plant identification and conservation of Chalk Grasslands. This is based at Ashbury, Oxfordshire (postcode SN6 8LX). The cost is £120. See the above link for more information and booking.

29th June 21:00–00:00

Moths and bats of Sustrans route 544 hosted by Sustrans Greener Greenways and the UTB.
 
Join us and discover which of the 2500 species of moths in the UK live on route 544. We'll be attracting the moths using light traps along this old railway line, and will also bring the bat detectors to look for our favourite flying mammals.
 
Meet us at the start of the route at the end of Chapel Furlong, Upton, Oxon, OX11 9JN.
 
This event will go on till late, but you are welcome to leave at any time. If you'd rather not stay out past bedtime, join us the following morning (30th June) for a butterfly walk from East Hagbourne, and see what we caught.
 
Please bring a warm layer to wrap up as the temperature drops, along with a torch, insect repellent and snacks. We will be walking at night on uneven ground so please wear suitable footwear.
 
For more information and to book a place, please email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk

30th June 10:00–12:00

Butterfly and moth morning on Sustrans route 544 hosted by Sustrans Greener Greenways and the UTB.
 
Join us and for a walk along this wildlife rich disused railway line to look for butterflies, and to see moths caught at our trapping session the previous evening.
 
Meet us on the bridge over Lake Road, East Hagbourne, Oxon, OX11 9LZ.
 
We will be walking 1.5 miles along National Cycle Route 544 to Upton, where the walk will finish. It will then be an approx 30 min walk back to the start, or a 15 minute bus back to East Hagbourne or Didcot. The route is level with a firm surface, but we will be walking onto the verges and embankments at time so please wear suitable footwear.
 
For more information and to book a place, please email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk

3rd August 20:15–23:30

Moths on the Phoenix Trail hosted by Sustrans Greener Greenways and the UTB.
 
Join us and discover nighttime wildlife on the Phoenix Trail. We'll be attracting the moths using light traps along this old railway line, and will also bring the bat detectors to look for our favourite flying mammals.
 
This event will go on till late, but you are welcome to leave at any time. If you'd rather not stay out past bedtime, join us the following morning (4th August) for a butterfly walk from Thame, and see what we caught.
 
Please bring a warm layer to wrap up as the temperature drops, along with a torch, insect repellent and snacks. We will be walking at night on uneven ground so please wear suitable footwear.
 
For more information and to book a place, please email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk

4th August 20:15–23:30

Phoenix Trail wildlife walk hosted by Sustrans Greener Greenways and the UTB.
 
Join us for a walk along this wildlife rich disused railway line to look for butterflies and other wildlife, and to see moths caught at our trapping session the previous evening. The route is level with a firm surface, but we will be walking onto the verges and embankments at time so please wear suitable footwear.
 
For more information and to book a place, please email lydia.blake@sustrans.org.uk

4th,5th August

The Butterflies and Day-flying Moths of Chalk Grasslands
 
Berrycroft Hub is running a two-day workshop on the Butterflies and day-flying Moths of Chalk Grasslands. This is based at Ashbury, Oxfordshire (postcode SN6 8LX). The cost is £120. See the above link for more information and booking.

4th August

Chesham Bois Woodland Burial Site and Meadow is under consideration as a Local Wildlife Site, and BMERC would like to gather more information about the invertebrates on the site to complement the vascular plant surveys that have been conducted. The meadow is part of the woodland burial site and has limited public access. We will have access to the whole site and can also explore Bois Wood which is next door. The plan will be to do a day-time visit to record as many invertebrate groups as we can. There will be an evening session also, which is likely to focus on the woodland area.
 
Daytime Meeting, meet at 11:00. Evening Meeting, meet at 20:30.
 
Directions: Meet at Woodland Burial Ground car park, Bois Moor Rd, Chesham HP5 1SU. At the junction of Bois Moor Road and Woodley Hill, turn under the railway bridge and continue through the gates to the car park. Gridref SP96680011. Nearest postcode: HP5 1SU.
 
Leader: Neil Fletcher (neilmoths@hotmail.co.uk) Tel 07802 494828



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.


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.