Upper Thames: Day Course

Sunday 26th March 2017, 9.45am-4.45pm
Howe Park Wood Education Centre, Milton Keynes

Day course - Identifying and surveying for butterflies and day-flying moths.

The day will provide an identification session on the butterflies and day flying moths of the Upper Thames area and then time talking about survey methods, with a practical session on transect technique.

Programme:

  • 09.45 - 10.15: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 10.15 - 11.15: Identification of the butterflies of BBO
  • 11.15 - 11.30: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 11.30 - 11.45: A quick butterfly ID quiz
  • 11.45 - 12.30: Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
  • 12.30 - 13.10: Conducting timed count and standardised surveys
  • 13.10 - 13.45: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch, though tea/coffee/biscuits are provided)
  • 13.45 - 15.30: Transect recording – why and how
  • 15.30 - 15.45: A quick moth family quiz
  • 15.45 - 16.00: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 16.00 - 16.30: Record submission - and how it helps conservation
  • 16.30 - 16.45: Closing remarks

Places are free and open to non-members of the Upper Thames Branch/Butterfly Conservation, but are subject to availability, so booking is essential - if you wish to attend, please email Nick Bowles at nick.bowles@ntlworld.com. Nick may also be able to help if you are interested in car-sharing.

Venue: Howe Park Wood Education Centre, H7, Chaffron Way, Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes MK4 3GG. A car park charge applies at certain times, but not on Sundays.

For information on access via public transport, contact the Parks Trust by telephone: 01908 233600 or email: info@theparkstrust.com.

Upper Thames: Day Course

Sunday 9th April 2017, 9.45am-4.45pm
Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Didcot

Day course - Identifying and surveying for Butterflies and day-flying Moths.

The day will provide an identification session on the butterflies and day flying moths of the Upper Thames area and then time talking about survey methods, with a practical session on transect technique.

Programme:

  • 09.45 - 10.15: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 10.15 - 11.15: Identification of the butterflies of BBO
  • 11.15 - 11.30: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 11.30 - 11.45: A quick butterfly ID quiz
  • 11.45 - 12.30: Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
  • 12.30 - 13.10: Conducting timed count and standardised surveys
  • 13.10 - 13.45: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch, though tea/coffee/biscuits are provided)
  • 13.45 - 15.30: Transect recording – why and how
  • 15.30 - 15.45: A quick moth family quiz
  • 15.45 - 16.00: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 16.00 - 16.30: Record submission - and how it helps conservation
  • 16.30 - 16.45: Closing remarks

Places are free and open to non-members of the Upper Thames Branch/Butterfly Conservation, but are subject to availability, so booking is essential - if you wish to attend, please email Nick Bowles at nick.bowles@ntlworld.com. Nick may also be able to help if you are interested in car-sharing.

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Milton Park Estate, Sutton Courtenay, off the A34, 3 miles north of Didcot, OX14 4TE.

For information on access via public transport, contact the Education Centre on tel: 01235 862024 or email: sceec@bbowt.org.uk.

Upper Thames: Berkshire Moth Group Monthly Meeting

Thursday 13th April 2017: 7.30pm
Earley, near Reading

Berkshire Moth Group, a sub-group of the Upper Thames Branch, meets on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm at Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve (LNR) Interpretation Centre in Earley.

Venue: Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, near Reading,

For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact Grahame Hawker, tel: 01189 700144.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 7th May 2017: 11.00am
Homefield Wood, Bucks

Start of season meeting for early Spring butterflies. Meet at the main entrance to the wood (Ordnance Survey 'Landranger' map 175, grid ref SU814866).

 

Leader: Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Upper Thames: Berkshire Moth Group Monthly Meeting

Thursday 11th May 2017: 7.30pm
Earley, near Reading

Berkshire Moth Group, a sub-group of the Upper Thames Branch, meets on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm at Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve (LNR) Interpretation Centre in Earley.

Venue: Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, near Reading,

For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact Grahame Hawker, tel: 01189 700144.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 14th May 2017: 11.00am
Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks

Target species: Duke of Burgundy. We also hope to see plenty of other spring species. Steep slopes and rabbit holes.

 

Meet at the National Trust car park for Ivinghoe Beacon [OS map 165, grid ref SP963159]. Leader and contact:

 

Robin Carr 01296 625734

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 20th May 2017: 11.00am
Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers, Bucks

Targeting spring butterflies. Aldbury Nowers was subjected to a radical surface scrape some years ago, revealing bare chalk. There has been gradual regeneration of the flora and it will be interesting to see how the butterflies have fared. Steep slopes.

 

Meet at the National Trust car park [OS map 181, grid ref SP955149].

 

Leader and contact: Dennis Dell 01296 397039

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 21st May 2017: 11.00am
Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon

Targets are spring butterflies, including Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, and Green Hairstreak. Steep chalk slopes.

 

From the A417 a mile east of Blewbury, turn south along the narrow lane opposite the turning to Aston Upthorpe village. Park by the grain dryer half a mile along the lane [OS map 174, grid ref SU550844].

 

Leader and contact: Gerry Kendall 01865 245029

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 27th May 2017: 10.30am
Lardon Chase, Berks

Targeting Adonis Blue and other spring species. Very steep grass slopes.

 

Meet in the main National Trust car park off the A4009 at the top of the hill out of Streatley [OS map 174, grid ref SU583806].

 

Leader and contact: Maureen Cross 01491 871239

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 28th May 2017: 10.00am
Pitstone Quarry, Bucks

Pitstone Quarry is a large, shallow, disused chalk quarry. Mostly easy flat walking, but there is one stile to climb over with a short steep slope after; some scrub and slopes with rabbit holes.

 

Spring butterflies, especially Small Blue, Dingy Skipper and day-flying moths such as Burnet Companion.

 

Meet at Pitstone Church SP941149 Explorer Map 181.

 

Leader and Contact Nick Bowles 01442 382276

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Tuesday 30th May 2017: 2.00pm
Finemere Wood, Bucks
A field trip to try and find Black Hairstreak pupae will be held on Tuesday 30th of May, location Finemere Wood, Bucks.

Entrance at grid ref SP720209, Land Ranger Map 165.
Leader Stuart Hodges, 01296 730217.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Thursday 1st June 2017: 2.00pm
Yoesden Bank, Bucks

Target species: Adonis Blue; we also hope to see other spring chalk downland species. Wear appropriate footwear: steep slopes.

 

Meet in the entrance field by the pumping station in Bottom Road, Radnage. Parking in field. SU789975.

 

Leader and contact Ched George, 01494 484493

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 3rd June 2017: 11.00am
Bradenham Bucks

Target species: Small Blue, along with other early summer butterflies.

 

Turn east off the A4010 into Bradenham Wood Lane at the Red Lion pub. After 500 metres, turn left into the small car park [OS map 165, grid ref Su827972].

 

Leader and contact: Brenda Mobbs 01494 712486

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 4th June 2017: 10.30am
Shotover Hill And Brasenose Wood, Oxon

Meeting organised by the Upper Thames Section of Butterfly Conservation and Shotover Wildlife under the auspices of Oxford Nature Week.

 

A very interesting habitat consisting of acidic grassland, ancient woodland, and blackthorn scrub. We hope to see the rare Black Hairstreak as well as early summer species.


Meet at Shotover car park, Old Road (east end), Headington, OX3 8TA. Grid Ref SP564062. Ordnance Survey map Landranger 164.

 

It is advisable to bring a packed lunch.

 

Leader and contact: Ivan Wright 01865 87442 (Chairman of Shotover Wildlife)

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 10th June 2017: 10.30am
Shabbington Wood, Bucks

Shabbington Wood (M40 Compensation area). Target species Black Hairstreak.

 

Meet at Oakley Wood car park, OS explorer map 180, grid ref SP611115.

 

Leader and contact Dennis Dell 01296 397039

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 17th June 2017: 10.30am
Finemere Wood, Bucks

Our Black Hairstreak champion leads a walk to see his butterfly.

 

Meet at the reserve entrance on the Edgcott to Quainton Road. Landranger Map 165. GR SP720209

 

Leader and contact Stuart Hodges 01296 730217 and 07941 763850

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.

 

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

 

Leader and contact Brenda Mobbs 01494 712486