The East Midlands Branch annual weekend away this year visits wildlife sites around Somerset. Target species include Large Blue, Glanville Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Marbled White.
On Saturday, meet at 10.00am in the car park near the Youth Hostel (GR ST 482347) immediately to the north of Cockrod Road, south of the town of Street. From the A39, take the B3151 south, bypassing Street and turn west onto Cockrod Road at the cross roads beyond the houses. It is a short steep walk up onto Collard Hill where we shall spend the morning looking especially for Large Blue. Other species include Marbled White.
We will return to the cars for lunch. Packed lunch required. There are no toilets.
After lunch we will visit Kings Wood north of Axbridge where Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary is the target. The car park is at GR ST 420560. Approaching from the east, at the cross-roads at Cross turn right onto the A38, ascend a long hill and near the top turn left into Winscombe Hill just before you pass the "Welcome to North Somerset" sign and the Texaco garage. The King's Wood car park is on the left. No toilets.
On Sunday, meet at 10.00am in the National Trust car park at Sand Point (GR ST 330659) north of Kewstoke which is just north of Weston-Super-Mare. The main target here is Glanville Fritillary (most northerly colony) and also Grayling and Wall. We will return to the cars for lunch. Packed lunch required. There are no toilets.
After lunch if people are interested we may visit Brean Down which is just south of Weston-Super-Mare. There are toilets here and a café.
All sites contain steep slopes and stout shoes or walking boots are recommended.
Contact: Max Maughan, 01332 511825. Mobile 07952 764755.