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: Work Party

Tuesday 8th August 2017, 10am-1pm
Holtspur Bottom, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch pulling ragwort at our Holtspur Bottom reserve.

Please be prepared to wear gloves and take precautions against the weather (as applicable), including bringing a drink along as we have no water supply at Holtspur Bottom.

Large bags in which to carry the ragwort off-site would be very helpful.

Riding Lane, Beaconsfield, nearest postcode HP10 0NR, Grid ref: SU917905.

For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact Nick Bowles: nick.bowles@ntlworld.com.

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: Meet The Moths

Saturday 12th August 2017, 10.00am-0.00pm
College Lake, Bucks

College Lake is BBOWT’s flagship reserve in Bucks. It has calcareous grassland, fields managed for rare arable weeds, wetland habitats and woodland margins.

This event is in support of National Moth Night. We welcome beginners to moth trapping, families and interested members of the public to meet us to examine moths trapped the previous night. We will have some interesting moths captured the previous night in other traps on display and two traps will be opened to demonstrate use of moth traps and give access to the moths they hold so that people can have a go at identifying them. BC will provide identification sheets so that people can have a go at identifying the moths on display (and then get your id confirmed by experts).

Leader: Nick Bowles (Butterfly Conservation) 01442 382276 Email: nick.bowles@ntlworld.com

Directions: Meet at College Lake main car park, which is 2 miles N of Tring on the B488 heading out of Bulbourne just after the canal bridge on the left. Grid Ref: Car Park entrance at SP93521388 (satnav HP23 5QG)

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 Field Meeting

Sunday 20th August 2017: 10.30am
Lardon Chase, Streatley, Berks

Join us at Lardon Chase to look for second-generation Adonis Blues and other late summer butterflies. Steep slopes and rabbit holes - suitable footwear advisable.

Park in the NT car park at the top of Streatley Hill (grid ref SU582806, post code RG8 9AF).

Please note that access to Streatley Hill from Streatley will be closed for 6 weeks from 24th July. This is to allow repairs to be made to a house damaged when a lorry ran into it earlier this year. The car park is approachable from the other direction via Aldworth. For those whose route would normally be through Streatley an alternative route is possible via Stichens Green (this is very narrow in places).  Otherwise park in Streatley High Street and then walk up Lardon Chase through the gate at the bottom of the hill.

Leader and contact: Maureen Cross (01491 871239)

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.