An indoor training session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an excellent site
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Join the Yorkshire Branch on a field trip to find the Duke of Burgundy.
Join the East Midlands Branch on our first field trip of 2014. Target species for this quarry site are Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper and other spring butterflies.
Enter the wonderful world of butterflies & moths & find out how you can help them. We will first unveil last night’s live moth trap catch to see some spring-flying species found in the area, then drive (car sharing encouraged) to the nearby Cambus O’May bridge car park for a short walk (approx. 2 miles/3km) to find Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, a speciality of the Cairngorms.
A trip to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary, with a chance of some other butterflies and day-flying moths.
A talk and then a walk looking for spring butterflies and day-flying moths. Hopefully Chequered Skipper will be on the wing.
East Midlands Branch joins up with South Notts Wildlife Trust for a field trip exploring the disused railway line running south from Bingham. Target species spring butterflies especially Grizzled Skipper.
Target species Dingy and Grizzled Skipper.
This is a long weekend trip leaving very early on Friday morning and returning late on Monday evening. This is still open to anyone wanting to join in.
A gentle two mile walk looking for spring butterflies
In the heart of the National Forest Hicks Lodge is one parcel of Forestry Commission land. This first visit of 2014 is an opportunity to see how this part of the forest is developing for the benefit for wildlife and in particular butterflies.
Come and explore the disused railway line from Barnstone towards the Grantham Canal, a continuation of the line from Bingham, searching for Grizzled Skippers.
Our first Field Trip of the year to Lincolnshire's own Twyford Wood Reserve. Join us to see Grizzled and Dingy Skippers, Green Hairstreaks and many more!
Another visit to see the results of habitat management undertaken by enthusiastic branch members. Hoping to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper.
A walk through the fine woodland at Paxton House to discover some of our spring-flying butterflies, followed by fun activities for youngsters.
Join us for a morning stroll around specially planted meadows for butterflies at North Somercotes, and after lunch at Donna Nook; bring your camera!
A 2 mile walk around the old spoil heaps of Bevercotes pit. The site is a haven for wildlife with open rides and mixed woodland plantations. Target Species: Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Mother Shipton.
Our Catfield Fen Reserve will once again be open to members and the public for Swallowtails.
The Isle of Carna is a privately owned 600 acre island. Both the owner and the island’s caretaker/boatman are keen on wildlife and have kindly invited us to spend a night and a day on the island to catalogue as much wildlife as we can, in particular moths and butterflies
The East Midlands Branch annual weekend away this year visits Somerset. Target species include Large Blue, Glanville Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Marbled White.
Join the Lincolnshire Branch for a morning visit to Glapthorn for the Black Hairstreak, and in the afternoon moving on to Harry's Park Wood for possible Wood White sightings! Don't forget your camera!
A walk around this North Norfolk Community Woodland
In the heart of the National Forest Hicks Lodge is one parcel of Forestry Commission land. This second visit of 2014 is an opportunity to see how this part of the forest is developing for the benefit for wildlife and in particular butterflies.
Mid-week field trip visiting the beautiful Derbyshire Coombs Dale, searching for Dark-Green Fritillary & Brown Argus.
Discover fritillary butterflies at Carroglen Burn and see last night's moth catch as well!
Join lots of people all over the British Isles in recording the moths we find to contribute to this year’s national ‘Moth Night’ survey. We will open up light traps set in Drum’s wildlife garden & old wood last night to discover the marvellous moths of all shapes, sizes, colours & patterns at rest inside.
A chance to search for the Large Heath Butterfly.
This year we will be holding our National Moth Night event in Martin and Barbara Woodcock’s large and varied private garden near Wiveton.
Come and see this extraordinary reserve situated on the Isle of Axholme, between the rivers Humber and Trent; a stronghold of the Large Heath butterfly.
Norfolk Branch members are helping to lead a walk at 2pm as we join farmer Edward Cross at the Abbey Farm annual Open Day. The walk on this chalk grassland site will last 2 hours.
Fermyn Woods is part of the ancient Rockingham Forest. It is an attractive site with grassland and ponds as well as the extensive woodland. Home to Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Purple and White-letter Hairstreak.
This is a joint meeting with the Suffolk Branch of BC for Silver-studded Blues.
Mid-week visit to Vicar Water Country Park in conjunction with Derby RSPB Group.
Find out about the butterflies and moths in this interesting mixed habitat, including the recently arrived Small Skipper.
An oportunity to visit this Forest Nature Reserve in search of Silver-washed Fritillary.
NEW MEMBERS WALK
An event specifically to welcome new members to the branch, but everyone is invited. There will be help particularly with identification. The third field trip for 2014 to Hicks Lodge on the look out for the summer species.
We will walk north along the flowery shoreline cliffs. There is plenty of rockrose growing here which is the foodplant of Northern Brown Argus butterfly.
Join the Yorkshire Branch on a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at Brockadale where we hope to see Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary.
Since our last trip to this site in 2010, the Dark Green Fritillary has become established in Cotgrave Forest. The Silver Washed Fritillary was also seen there in 2013 as well as many other sightings in the vicinity.
An all day walk of three to four miles along the rides of the Park and out on to Holt Lowes looking for summer butterflies.
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.
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.
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 traps set the night before will be opened at this nursery and pick-your-own fruit farm.
Join the Yorkshire Branch in their search for Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary.
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.
Search for the caterpillars of the rare Small Chocolate-tip moth, recently rediscovered in the Borders.
An all day trip for summer butterflies.
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)!
Discover where the Scotch Argus lives - it could be our national butterfly!
Join us for a trip to Aston Rowant searching for Silver-spotted Skippers, Chalkhill Blue and Brown Argus.
Get up close and personal with bats and moths. Come and dispel all your fears of these intriguing animals.
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.
An all day visit for our last summer butterfly to emerge, Brown Hairstreak.
The purpose of this joint field trip with the Lincolnshire and Norfolk Branches is to target the Brown Hairstreak. Do join us.