Interested to see what goes on at our Branch Events? Scroll down below for a series of short reports from our Events. You can also find more information in our Newsletters.
Bovey Heathfield - Sun 19th Feb 2017
This was our second work day this winter on this site which is a Teignbridge Council owned nature reserve. BC Devon and Teignbridge have been collaborating for a number of years to conserve the habitat for a small colony of Silver-studded Blue butterflies and other heathland species. Silver-studded Blues are seen in good numbers in Devon at Bicton Common and Bolt Head (see our Key Sites page) but this colony has never been very large and now seems to be declining – so we hope all our hard work helps them have a better year in 2017.
Sunday’s work included raking and scrub clearance and also we did some work creating a scrape – a big patch of bare ground which acts as a warm basking area for the butterflies as well as helping diversify the vegetation. You can find more information about why and how to create scrapes on our scrapes factsheet.
Thanks to everyone who attended either of these workdays this winter at Bovey Heathfield. Some of the February attendees are seen in the photo having a welcome break at lunchtime. Thanks to workparty leader Pete Hurst for organising the day and also to Teignbridge Council rangers for the work they have done on this site during the winter months.
More information about Silver-studded Blues can also be found on our Silver-studded Blue factsheet.
Little Breach - Sun 22nd Jan 2017
A small number of volunteers turned out for day's conservation work on our Little Breach reserve and Pete Hurst reports that it was a lovely sunny day and that the vegetation was very dry, making raking an easy job! At tea break time everyone stopped to observe a minute's silence in memory of David Hinde, our Conservation Officer who sadly died in 2016 and who was our Branch Reserve Officer for Little Breach. David's wife has had a memorial bench installed at the reserve and in this photo volunteers John Bell (our new Little Breach Reserve Officer) and Jonathan Aylett are seen taking a short break from work.
Bovey Heathfield - Sun 15th Jan 2017
This site is being managed to try and increase the breeding population of Silver-Studded Blue onsite and many thanks to the branch members who turned up to help and also to Sian Avon, Senior Ranger, Teignbridge Council Green Spaces who directed the work. Everyone was very excited to use Tree Popper tools for the first time - they really work!
Branch Members Day - Sat 22nd Oct 2016
BC members enjoyed a range of excellent speakers at the annual Branch Members Day and AGM on Sat 22 Oct 2016, this photo is taken by BC National Executive Committee Chair Jim Asher who was one of the speakers.