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.

New Members Day at Martlesham Common

Friday 25th April 2014, 10.30am-3.30pm
Martlesham

An indoor training session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an excellent site Enrol in advance with Sharon Hearle 01638 731648

East Midlands Branch, Field Trip - Ketton Quarry

Saturday 10th May 2014: 10am
Ketton Quarry (Leicestershire)

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.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Winged Wonders

Saturday 17th May 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Burn O' Vat, Dinnet

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.

East Midlands Branch, Field Trip - Bingham Linear Park

Sunday 18th May 2014; 10am
Bingham Linear Park (Nottinghamshire)

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.

Wiltshire New Members Day, By Invitation Only

Sunday 18th May 2014: 10am
Manor Farmhouse, Biddestone

New members who have joined Butterfly Conservation in the last 12-18 months have been invited to a Welcome Event at Manor Farm followed by a guided walk around the reserve managed by our chairman Maurice Avent. This well-known SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) is well worth a visit at any time. About 30 species are seen each year.

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Highlands - Weekend Excursion to Cumbria

Leaving very early Friday morning 23rd May, returning late Monday 26th May
Silverdale, Cumbria

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.

East Midlands Branch, Field Trip - Hicks Lodge

Saturday 24th May 2014; 10am
Hicks Lodge, Willesley Woodside (Leicestershire)

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.

Wiltshire: (Butterfly Recognition) Cotley Hill

Saturday 24th May 2014: 11.00am
Cotley Hill

This prominent hill to the East of Warminster is a super place for butterflies. The South Wiltshire group will be holding a butterfly recognition day here. Location: Meet at ST91829 (Map 184)

East Midlands Branch, Field Trip - Barnstone Cutting

Sunday 25th May 2014; 10am
Barnstone to Grantham Canal (Nottinghamshire)

Come and explore the disused railway line from Barnstone towards the Grantham Canal, a continuation of the line from Bingham, searching for Grizzled Skippers.

Green Hairstreak

Lincolnshire Field Trip

Sunday 25th May 2014: 10am
Twyford Wood BC Reserve nr. Colsterworth

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!

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Sidbury Hill

Saturday 31st May 2014: 11am
Sidbury Hill

This chalk grassland site has spectacular views over Salisbury plain and a rich assortment of butterflies and other wildlife.

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Highlands - Polmaily Butterfly Walk

Either Saturday 31st May 2014 OR Sunday 1st June
Near Drumnadrochit

Another visit to see the results of habitat management undertaken by enthusiastic branch members. Hoping to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper.

Green Hair

Lincolnshire Field Trip

Saturday 7th June 2014
am: Meadows at North Somercotes; pm: Donna Nook

Join us for a morning stroll around specially planted meadows for butterflies at North Somercotes, and after lunch at Donna Nook; bring your camera!

East Midlands Branch Field Trip to Bevercotes Nature Reserve

Sunday 8th June 2014; 10.30am
Bevercotes Nature Reserve (Nottinghamshire)

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.

Catfield Fen Open Day

Sunday 8th June 9am
Catfield Fen

Our Catfield Fen Reserve will once again be open to members and the public for Swallowtails.

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Highlands And Islands - Isle Of Carna

Saturday 14th June 2014, 9.15am-3.30pm
Isle Of Carna, Loch Sunart, Ardnamurchan

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

East Midlands Branch Annual Weekend Away

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June 2014
Somerset

The East Midlands Branch annual weekend away this year visits Somerset. Target species include Large Blue, Glanville Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Marbled White.

Black Hairstreak

Lincolnshire Field Trip

Saturday 28th June 2014: 10.30am
Glapthorn Cow Pasture nr. Oundle

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!

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Crockford Bridge (New Forest)

Sunday 29th June 2014: 10am
Crockford Bridge (New Forest)

Join me on a day out in the New Forest looking at dragonflies and butterflies of the heathland. We will be starting at Crockford Bridge in the morning and then moving on to other location(s) to taste as the day wears on. The early start is to avoid traffic congestion through the New Forest.

East Midlands BranchField Trip to Hicks Lodge

Sunday 29th June 2014; 10am
Hicks Lodge, Willesley Woodside (Leicestershire)

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.

East Midlands Field Trip to Coombs Dale

Tuesday 1st July 2014; 10am
Coombs Dale (Derbyshire)

Mid-week field trip visiting the beautiful Derbyshire Coombs Dale, searching for Dark-Green Fritillary & Brown Argus.

Norfolk Branch Moth Morning

Saturday 5th July 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Furlong, Long Lane, Wiveton

This year we will be holding our National Moth Night event in Martin and Barbara Woodcock’s large and varied private garden near Wiveton.

East Scotland: Aberdeenshire - Drum Castle Moth Morning

Saturday 5th July 2014, 10.00am-12.00pm
Drum Castle, Drumoak

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.

Large Heath

Lincolnshire Field trip

Sunday 6th July 2014; 10am
Crowle Moor nr. village of Crowle

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.

Abbey Farm, Flitcham Open Day

Sunday 6th July 2014, 8.00am-7.00pm
Abbey Farm, Flitcham

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.

East Mildlands Field Trip to Fermyn Woods

Sunday 13th July 2014; 9.30am
Fermyn Woods (Northamptonshire)

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.

East Midlands Branch Field Trip to Hicks Lodge

Saturday 19th July 2014; 10am
Hicks Lodge, Willesley Woodside (Leicestershire)

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.

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Highlands - Rosemarkie Cliffs

Saturday 19th July 2014 OR Sunday 20th July; 10:30am till sometime in the afternoon
Rosemarkie, Black Isle

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.

Yorkshire Field Event - Brockadale

Saturday, 19th July 2014
Brockadale YWT Nature Reserve

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.

East Midlands Branch Field Trip to Cotgrave Forest

Sunday 20th July 2014; 11am
Cotgrave Forest (Nottinghamshire)

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Saturday 9th August 2014, 8.00pm-12.00am (TBC)
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)!

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.

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.