Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

The Big Butterfly Count

Saturday 19th July-Sunday 10th August
Nationwide

Help us take nature's pulse by joining the big butterfly count.

Norfolk Brecks for Day-flying Moths

Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Cranwich Camp and Heath

Following last year’s successful foray into the Brecks, we will again be organising a visit to the newly restored heathland at Cranwich Camp and Heath, excellent sites for several Breck speciality day-flying moths such as Oblique-striped and Marbled Clover, as well as some excellent Breckland flora.

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Lincolnshire Work Party

Wednesday 23rd July 2014: 2pm-4pm
Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden

Workday at Chambers Farm Wood, near Bardney, to tidy up the Butterfly garden ready for the Open Day & AGM.

Castle Butterfly Safari and Moth Morning

Wednesday 23rd July 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Antrim Castle Gardens, Antrim

Join BCNI and Antrim’s Biodiversity Officer to hunt for beasties on the wing in the Castle Gardens!

East Midlands Banch Field Trip to Toton Fields LNR

Thursday 24th July 2014; 10am
Toton Sidings (Nottinghamshire)

Join us for a morning walk around the Toton Fields Local NR and Toton Sidings for an approx. 2 to 3 hour walk. This area is full of wildflowers that attract a wide range of butterflies including Marbled White.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - A Wild Night at Maidencraig!

Friday 25th July 2014, 8.30pm-12.00am
Den of Maidencraig, Aberdeen

Enter the mysterious world of night creatures! This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths – which we will release unharmed after identification - and using detectors to pick up ultrasound of hunting bats.

Moth Trapping and Talks

Friday 25th July 2014, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Lagan Valley Regional Park, Lough Keepers Cottage, Belfast

BCNI team up with Lagan Valley Regional Park for a foray into the world of butterflies and moths.

Glenariffe Forest Park Wildlife Family Fun Day

Saturday 26th July 2014, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Glenariffe Forest Park, Antrim

Family Fun Day: Come and find out about all the wildlife and conservation work happening around the Glens of Antrim.

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Lincolnshire Moth Night

Saturday 26th July 2014, 9.30pm-0.00am
Chambers Farm Wood Nr. Bardney

Join us for this suitable-for-families Grand Moth Night with up to 6 powerful MV lights and 100+ species guaranteed! Bring warm clothing & stout footwear.

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Lincolnshire Moth Night

Saturday 26th July 2014: 9.30 - midnight
Chambers Farm Wood Visitors' Centre nr. Bardney

Join us for a bumper Moth Night with some 6 plus lights in various areas - we are hoping for some 100 macro moths.

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Highlands - Moth Mania at RSPB Insh Marshes

Saturday 26th July 2014, 10:30am until afternoon
RSPB Insh Marshes car park

Several moth traps will be run during the previous night as part of RSPB’s annual monitoring of the rare Dark Bordered Beauty moth which is only found on three sites in Scotland and one site in England.

Moth Trapping and Butterfly walk

Saturday 26th July 2014 10:00am
Hillfield Nursery, Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe

Moth traps set the night before will be opened at this nursery and pick-your-own fruit farm.

Mortimer Forest Butterfly Picnic & Walk

Sunday 27th July 2014: 1pm
On the Shropshire/Herefordshire border, near the town of Ludlow

Butterfly picnic and walk in Mortimer Forest, targeting Silver-washed Fritillary and Essex Skipper

Yorkshire Branch Field Event

Sunday, 27th July 2014, 09:30 - 16:00
Coatham Marsh and South Gare

Join the Yorkshire Branch in their search for Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary.

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Lincolnshire Open Day & AGM

Sunday 27th July 2014: 10am-4.30pm
Chambers Farm Wood nr. Bardney

Join the Lincolnshire Branch for our annual Open Day, which includes a Guided Butterfly Walk. Highly suitable for families!

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Highlands - Glen Orrin

Sunday 27th July 2014, 10am
Glen Orrin

Fairburn Estate has very kindly given permission for BC to hold this outdoor meet in Glen Orrin. The target species is Scotch Annulet which has been recorded in the glen for the last two years, so moth traps will be put out the night before.

Suffolk - Wildlife Gaeden Open day

Sunday 27th July 2014, 10.30am-3.00pm
Prior's Oak Leiston

An invitation from BC member Mrs Trudie Willis, to visit her 10 acre garden, including a Buddleia and Honeysuckle collection.

North Wales. Butterfly Walk

Sunday 27th July 2014: 1.30pm
17 Nant Alyn Road, Rhydymwyn, CH7 5HQ

A walk around the site led by Brian and Sue Roberts to discover the butterflies it contains.

Belfast Hills Festival

Tuesday 29th July 2014, 11am-1pm
Templepatrick Castle, Templepatrick

We will be exploring the Castle grounds as well as looking at the marvelous moths caught at the site the night before.

Black Mountain Moths & Butterflies

Tuesday 29th July 2014, 7pm-8.30pm
Black Mountain Lodge, Belfast

Come and help us set up some moth traps before our Butterfly hunt tomorrow.

Suffolk - Surveying And Recording

Tuesday 29th July 2014, 9.30am-4.00pm
Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve.

Recorders will be on hand to help you identify a wide range of wildlife species; butterflies, dragonflies, birds, coastal plants, freshwater invertebrates etc.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Moths in the Morning

Wednesday 30th July 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Burn O' Vat, Dinnet

Discover the amazing variety of moths caught in the live traps set up overnight in the woods on the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time allows.

Suffolk New Members Day

Wednesday 30th July 2014, 10.30am-4.00pm
Holywells Park Ipswich

An indoor training session in the morning A practical butterfly watching session will follow in the afternoon

Eden Allotments

Wednesday 30th July 2014, 7.30pm-9pm
Eden Allotments, Carrickfergus

An exploration of Eden Allotments to go hunting for bugs and beasties and to put out moth traps around the site.

Jubilee Woods Day Out

Thursday 31st July 2014, 11am-1pm
Jubilee Woods, Whitehead

Join BCNI to explore this Woodland Trust community woodland, kindly supported by Carrickfergus Council.

Moth Night Extravaganza!

Friday 1st August 2014, 7.30pm-9pm
Ballyeamon Camping Barn, Cushendall, Antrim

BCNI are delighted to team up with Ballyeamon Camping Barn and the Causeway Coast and Glens Landscape Partnership to bring you a moth night extravaganza.

East Scotland Fife, Falkland Palace Mothing

Friday 1st to Saturday 2nd August 2014, 9.30pm-11.00am
Falkland Palace

Join us in the magnificent setting of Falkland Palace to find what moths are living in the orchard and gardens.

Bog Squad Workparty, Braehead Moss

Saturday 2nd August 2014, 10.00am-3.00pm
Braehead Moss, South Lanarkshire, near Forth.

We will be cutting and pulling up small birches that are beginning to spread across the open bog, and we will also survey of the bog to see if we can find the Large Heath butterfly, alongside other butterflies and day-flying moths.

Moth Night Extravaganza Part 2

Saturday 2nd August 2014, 11am-1pm
Ballyeamon Camping Barn, Cushendall, Antrim

Find out who we caught last night in our moths traps, before a trip out across the hills for a ramble and #ButterflyCount

Butterfly Walk On The Stiperstones

Saturday 2nd August 2014: 1pm
Stiperstones, Shropshire - The Bog Visiter Centre

Meeting at The Bog car park for a butterfly walk, followed by afternoon tea at The Bog Tearoom.

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West Midlands Blackthorn Bash

Sunday 3rd August 2014: 10.00am
Grafton Wood

Managing blackthorn scrub for the Brown Hairstreak butterfly followed by butterfly walk

Dorset: Guided Walk On Martin Down and Vernditch Chase

Sunday 3rd August 2014, 11.00am-4.00pm
Martin Down On Dorset/Hampshire Border

Join Dorset and Wiltshire Branches for a search for downland species on the National Nature Reserve including Dark Green Fritillary and woodland species.

Butterflies in the Park,

Sunday 3rd August 10:00am-5:00pm
Eaton Park, Norwich

Visit our stand near the circular herbaceous borders where we hope to have some moths on display from the previous night’s trapping.

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Martin Down & Vernditch Chase

Sunday 3rd August 2014: 11.00am
Martin Down & Vernditch Chase

This is a joint trip with the Dorset Branch. The day starts with a walk across Martin Down to see Dark Green Fritillary and downland species. After returning to the car park for lunch we will cross the A354 into Vernditch Chase woods at 14:00 to look for woodland species including White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Bats, Moths & Stars at Battlehill

Friday 8th August 2014, 8.00pm-0.00am
Battlehill, Huntly

Discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the Battlehill, including finding out how to use smelly mixtures and bright lights to attract moths plus bat detectors to locate and identify bats. A local astronomer will also be on hand with a telescope to view the wonders of the night sky (or demonstrate what would otherwise be visible if it is cloudy)!

Big Wild Camp-Out!!

Friday 8th August 2014
Big Wild Campout, Ulster Folk And Transport Museum, Cultra

Join BCNI at the ‘Big Wild Camp-out’ event in Cultra - expect moth talks and releases and take part in some of the last #ButterflyCount for this year's Big Butterfly Count. TICKET ONLY EVENT

East Scotland, Fife - Moth Trapping

Friday 8th to Saturday 9th August 2014, 9.00pm-0.00pm
Devilla Forest

Join us in Devilla Forest to see what moths live in this great forestry location.

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Alners Gorse

Saturday 9th August 2014: 11.00am
Alners Gorse

South Wiltshire Group to familiarise yourself with woodland butterflies and learn how a woodland can be managed for them.

Farm Breakfast, Butterflies & Moths!

Saturday 9th August 2014: 8.30am
The Stables Farm,Astwood Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire

Join us for a morning of moths and butterflies, including breakfast in the farm tearooms.

Far Forest Countryside Show!

Sunday 10th August 2014: 10am
Tenbury Road (A456), Callow Hill Rock, Worcestershire, DY14 9DA

Come and see our stall at The Far Forest Countryside Show! We will have a live moth display and will be organising family butterfly hunts around the showground.

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Highlands And Islands - A Walk At Aldie Burn

Sunday 10th August 2014: 10.30am
Aldie Burn

This is a really lovely wood with a variety of differing habitats, ponds, mixed woodland and large open areas. As such it lends itself to a selection of wildlife, a range of butterflies, moths and dragonflies have been recorded here.

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Lincolnshire Work Party

Wednesday 13th August 2014; 2pm-4pm
Snakeholme Pit nr. Bardney

Come and join us to help keep Snakeholme Pit Reserve neat and tidy for the Summer!

East Scotland: Area St.Cyrus

Saturday 16th August 2014, 8.00pm-0.00am
St.Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Moth traps will be set around the Visitor Centre and adjacent parts of the reserve.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Nocturnal Moth Adventures

Saturday 16th August 2014, 8.00pm-10.00pm
St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, St Cyrus

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve is home to a huge variety of butterflies and moths, but many people miss the moths that fly at night. Join local experts to discover the amazing diversity of moths and listen out for night hunters including owls and bats with a bat detector!

East Midlands Branch Field Trip to Longstone Edge

Sunday 17th August 2014; 10.30am
Longstone Edge (Derbyshire)

The target species is the Wall Brown but there could also be Dark Green Fritillary and the Brown Argus (Peak District Race) dependant on how advanced the butterfly season is.

White Admiral

Lincolnshire Work Party

Wednesday 27th. August 2014: 2pm-4pm
Southrey Wood nr. Bardney

Work at Southrey Wood is general woodland management, and the upkeep of the rides and footpaths. Your help would be much appreciated!

Brown Hairstreak

Joint Lincolnshire & Norfolk Field Trip

Sunday 7th September 2014: 11am
Chambers Farm Wood nr. Bardney

The purpose of this joint field trip with the Lincolnshire and Norfolk Branches is to target the Brown Hairstreak. Do join us.

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Park Bottom

Saturday 13th September 2014: 11.00am
Park Bottom

A South Wiltshire Group walk. Target Species: Small Copper, Comma, Common and Adonis Blue

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Highlands - Polmaily Work Party

Saturday 13th September, 10:30 - c4pm
Polmaily, Drumnadrochit

Join us for another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper.

Norfolk Branch AGM

Saturday 27th September 2014, 2.00pm-5.30pm
Norwich City College, Ipswich Road, NR2 2LJ.

Talks, photographic competition and AGM

Members' Day, Scotland

Saturday 4th October 2014: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Battleby, Perth

Our annual Members' Day, an informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and chat about the wonderfully warm and sunny season we have just had. N.B. Please note change of date from that originally stated (to avoid the Ryder Cup!).

Wild about Norfolk

Saturday 11th October 10:00am-4:00pm
Easton College, Easton, NR9 5DX

Wild About Norfolk is an annual wildlife and environmental fair showcasing the local groups and national organisations who protect, enhance and restore Norfolk's wildlife and landscape.

Yorkshire Members' Day And AGM

Sunday 12th October 2014, 10.30am-4.00pm
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington

Join us for the annual Members' Day and AGM at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington.

A Journey Across Papua New Guinea

Wednesday 5th November 2014: 7.30pm
Blakeney Scout Hut HQ

“A Journey across Papua New Guinea”. An illustrated talk by Ann Duff. Contact: Judy Dunmore, Tel: 01263 822550