Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 24th June 2017: 10.30am
Holtspur Reserve, Bucks

We hope to see the Small Blue, as well as most of the common summer species at our our reserve at Holtspur Bottom.

Meet at the Holtspur Bottom reserve entrance in Riding Lane. Landranger map 175, grid reference SU918906.

Leader and contact Brenda Mobbs 01494 712486

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Wednesday 28th June 2017: 6.00pm
Didcot, Oxon

Target species: Marbled White, Small Blue, and other summer butterflies along the Sustrans path on top of the disused railway line from Didcot to Upton. Around the solstice butterflies will be perching until 22.00! and can be in flight up to 21.00.

Meet at the Village Hall in East Hagbourne. OS Map 174 (SU525883). Some rough ground but along the side of the metalled path.

Leader: Karen Saxl 01235 818574

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 1st July 2017: 10.30am
Iver, Bucks

A level walk from the centre of Iver village along a track and footpaths through a variety of habitats, including Swan Meadow where some disease resistant Elms have been planted. White-letter Hairstreaks are seen regularly, together with a wide range of summer butterflies, which should appeal to experts as well as family groups and complete beginners.

Meet in Swan Road, a cul-de-sac with parking bays,next to the Swan Pub (SL0 9NG) opposite the parish church. Please do not use the pub car park unless you intend to eat there. Grid Reference TQ039812, Landranger map 176.

Leader and contact Wendy Wilson 01753 883465

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 2nd July 2017: 10.30am
Hackpen Hill, Oxon

Hackpen Hill is also known as Crowhole Bottom and the Devil’s Punchbowl.

Butterflies and day-flying moths. Steep slopes requiring suitable footwear.

Meet at Sparsholt Firs on the Ridgeway by the B4001. (grid ref SU 344850) .

Leaders Mike & Gillian Taylor tel: 01235 751646.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Tuesday 4th July 2017: 11.00am
Great Chalk Wood, Oxon

Target species will be the White-letter Hairstreak but hopefully a good selection of other butterflies will be seen as well. Binoculars are highly recommended.

To gain access to the wood we will need to walk in from Goring (about 3km). Meet at Sheepcot Recreation Ground car park at 11.00am. Grid ref SU604805, post code RG8 0EN.

Leader Peter Cuss, contact 07938 577944.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Wednesday 5th July 2017: 6.00pm
Didcot, Oxon

Target species: Marbled White, Small Blue, and other summer butterflies along the Sustrans path on top of the disused railway line from Didcot to Upton. Around the solstice butterflies will be perching until 22.00! and can be in flight up to 21.00.

Meet at the Village Hall in East Hagbourne. OS Map 174 (SU525883). Some rough ground but along the side of the metalled path.

Leader: Karen Saxl 01235 818574

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Thursday 6th July 2017: 11.00am
Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks

A walk to see the Dark Green Fritillary at UTB’s best site.

Very steep slopes and lots of rabbit holes.

Meet in car park at grid ref SP963160

Leader and Contact Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 8th July 2017: 11.00am
Silchester Common, Hants

A good site for the Silver-studded Blue. Ground is uneven so wear suitable footwear. Also, there is gorse, so wear clothing.

Meet in the car park on the east side of Pamber Road in Silchester. Grid Reference SU625622 Landranger map 175.

Leader and contact Bryan Williams 0118 9792177, mobile 07919921910

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 9th July 2017: 2.00pm
University of Reading

Join us for a a walk in the University of Reading grounds. Target species are the White-letter Hairstreak and other summer butterflies.

Meet at car park 13 (Pepper Lane entrance) - see https://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/whiteknights-campus-map-and-keys-2016.pdf for the location. Nearest postcode is RG6 6PU

Contact is matthew.greenwell@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 9th July 2017: 10.30am
Salcey Forest, Northants

A repeat of our successful field trip of last year with the Northants branch. Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Wood White and three Hairstreak species are all possible.

Meet in the Horsebox car park on Midshires Way, Grid Ref. SP801509 at 10.30 a.m.

Leaders: Douglas Goddard (phone 01604 408670) and Dave James (07838 113940)

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Wednesday 12th July 2017: 6.00pm
Didcot, Oxon

Target species: Marbled White, Small Blue, and other summer butterflies along the Sustrans path on top of the disused railway line from Didcot to Upton. Around the solstice butterflies will be perching until 22.00! and can be in flight up to 21.00.

Meet at the Village Hall in East Hagbourne. OS Map 174 (SU525883). Some rough ground but along the side of the metalled path.

Leader: Karen Saxl 01235 818574

Upper Thames: Course - Introduction to Butterflies in the Chilterns

Saturday 15th July 2017
Amersham Field Centre, Amersham, Bucks

A wide variety of butterfly species can be found in the attractive grasslands and woodlands of the Chilterns.

We will help you recognise the different species, learn how they depend on their habitats, and find out how you can help conserve them.

Using a mix of indoor activities, presentations, and fieldwork in the varied habitats at our Amersham centre we'll help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to enjoy watching and recording butterflies.
   
Tutor: Martin Harvey tutors regularly for FSC. He is an ecologist specialising in insect conservation, and also works for the Biological Records Centre, helping to support a range of national recording schemes   

Cost: £37 (non resident)   

Venue: Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0QR

For more information, or if you would like to book a place, visit the Field Studies Council website.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 15th July 2017: 11.00am
North Bucks Way & Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks

A walk of 2.5 miles approximately along the North Bucks Way to look for White Admiral, Hairstreaks and other summer species of butterfly.

The Purple Emperor was also seen here last year.

Meet at Shenley Wood car park SP824356.

Leader and Contact Martin Kincaid 01908 235632 Mob:07768 146232.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 15th July 2017: 10.30am
Bernwood Forest, Bucks

Weather permitting, good numbers of summer butterflies should be seen, the main attraction being the Purple Emperor.

Meet in the main Oakley Wood car park, Grid Reference SP611117 Landranger Map 164. If the weather is fine, participants may like to arrive earlier, since the Purple Emperor is active from 9 am in really warm weather.

Leader and contact Dennis Dell (01296 397039 and 07986 868747).

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 16th July 2017: 10.30am
Bernwood Forest, Bucks

Weather permitting, good numbers of summer butterflies should be seen, the main attraction being the Purple Emperor.

Meet in the main Oakley Wood car park, Grid Reference SP611117 Landranger Map 164. If the weather is fine, participants may like to arrive earlier, since the Purple Emperor is active from 9 am in really warm weather.

Leader and contact Dennis Dell (01296 397039 and 07986 868747).

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Wednesday 19th July 2017: 6.00pm
Didcot, Oxon

Target species: Marbled White, Small Blue, and other summer butterflies along the Sustrans path on top of the disused railway line from Didcot to Upton. Around the solstice butterflies will be perching until 22.00! and can be in flight up to 21.00.

Meet at the Village Hall in East Hagbourne. OS Map 174 (SU525883). Some rough ground but along the side of the metalled path.

Leader: Karen Saxl 01235 818574.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames: BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 20th July 2017
Baynes Wood, Berks

Please contact Roger Stace rogerstace@bbowt.org.uk for more information.

http://www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/living-landscapes/west-berkshire-living-landscape

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 22nd July 2017: 10.30am
Bowdown Wood, Berks

A walk through the varied landscape of Bowdown Wood, a BBOWT reserve near Newbury, in search of the fairly elusive White Admiral. The walk will include a couple of steep slopes (one with steps) and will take in areas of woodland, wooded valleys and open ground so a variety of summer butterflies should be observed.

Meet in the 'Bomb Site' carpark (see BBOWT website for directions) at OS Map Ref SU507654.

Leader: Julia Huggins 07879 066876.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 22nd July 2017: 10.30am
West Wycombe Hill And Butlers Hanging, Bucks

After meeting at the south end of National Trust Carpark on the top of West Wycombe Hill (Grid reference SU827950), we will walk, through the woods, along the top of the ridge until we arrive at Butlers Hanging.

A walk of about 4 kilometres in total with very steep slopes, so please wear suitable footwear.

Please note it is not possible to park on the road directly below Butlers Hanging.

Leader and contact Tess and Peter Ogden 07596 495007.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Wednesday 26th July 2017: 6.00pm
Didcot, Oxon

Target species: Marbled White, Small Blue, and other summer butterflies along the Sustrans path on top of the disused railway line from Didcot to Upton.

Around the solstice butterflies will be perching until 22.00! and can be in flight up to 21.00.

Meet at the Village Hall in East Hagbourne. OS Map 174 (SU525883). Some rough ground but along the side of the metalled path.

Leader: Karen Saxl 01235 818574.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 29th July 2017: 10.30am
Paices Wood, Aldermaston, Berks

A look at the varied habitats of this country parkland which supports a variety of species.

Entrance south of Youngs Industrial Estate between Aldermaston and Tadley off A340. Parking at SU587639. Use postcode RG7 4PG in your satnav.

Leader and contact John Lerpiniere 0118 375 1756.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 30th July 2017: 10.30am
Oven Bottom, Oxon

From the A417 a mile east of Blewbury turn south along the narrow lane opposite the turning to Aston Upthorpe village. Park and meet by the grain drier half a mile along the lane. O/S grid ref SU550844, landranger map 174. Steep chalk slopes.

The walk will proceed to the near end of Juniper Valley then bear right up the hill, turn right onto Grim’s Ditch by the dew pond and then on to Oven Bottom, returning by descending Juniper Valley.

Leader and contact Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668.

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames: BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 3rd August 2017
Estovers, Berks

Please contact Roger Stace rogerstace@bbowt.org.uk for more information.

http://www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/living-landscapes/west-berkshire-living-landscape

This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Tuesday 8th August 2017: 11.00am
Greenham Common, Berks

The target species is the Grayling.

Meet at the car park near the control tower. Off Bury's Bank Road at SU499651.

Leader and Contact Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Friday 11th August 2017: 11.00am
Shirburn Hill, Oxon

Target species is the Silver-Spotted Skipper and other mid-summer chalk downland species. Steep slopes and rabbit holes.

Meet at southern end of Cowleaze Wood car park, off the road from Christmas Common to Stokenchurch. (O/S map 165, SU725955)

Leader and Contact Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 12th August 2017: 10.30am
Hundred Acre Piece, Mortimer, Berks

The wide flowery rides through the conifer plantations on the Berks/Hants border are one of the local hotspots for the Grayling butterfly.

Park in the quiet cul-de-sac of Stephen’s Firs, Mortimer. Grid ref SU644647 (Landranger map 17).

Leader and contact: Jan Haseler 0118 9414750 / 07464 603236

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 13th August 2017: 10.30am
Kimble Rifle Range, Monks Risborough, Bucks

Summer butterflies (including Chalkhill Blue and hopefully Silver-Spotted Skipper) and day-flying moths at Kimble Rifle Range BBOWT reserve. This is a 3km walk and includes some slopes, but is possible with grippy shoes and the exercising of caution about rabbit holes and ant hills. We could extend onto the adjacent Grangelands BBOWT reserve if time permits.

Parking at grid ref: SP832045, Map 165, on Longdown Hill near HP27 ONB.

Leader and contact: Nick Bowles 01442 382276

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Wednesday 16th August 2017: 10.30am
Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon

Target species Brown Hairstreak. Binoculars and lots of patience essential!

Meet at the car park at the entrance to the wood at SP600150.

Leaders and contacts: Dennis Dell (07986 868747) and Tony Croft (01844 214998 / 07808 289588).

Upper Thames: Course - Introduction To Autumn Moths

Saturday 16th September 2017
Amersham Field Centre, Bucks

Autumn is the season when some very attractive moths are flying, some of which have beautiful colours to match the falling leaves.

This one-day course provides an introduction to moths; their identification, natural history and conservation.

With around 800 species of larger moth in the UK there is plenty of variety, from brightly coloured and distinctive species to those that are smaller, browner and more challenging to identify!

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in moths, whether you are a beginner or are already moth-watching and want a little more 'methodology' and knowledge.

The afternoon will be a mix of presentations and activities (classroom and field-based) whilst the evening session will be spent moth-trapping around the Centre as darkness falls.   

Tutor: Martin Harvey tutors regularly for FSC and for Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an ecologist specialising in insect conservation and recording, carrying out entomological surveys, and is a Research Fellow at the Biological Records Centre. Martin has been recording butterflies and moths since the age of 11, and since 1995 has been the County Moth Recorder for Berkshire.   

Cost: £37 (non resident)

Venue: Amersham Field Centre, Mop End, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0QR

For more information and to book a place, please visit the Field Studies Council website.