Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 21st January 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Aston Upthorpe Downs, South Of Didcot, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub at Aston Upthorpe Downs.

  • Please bring stout foorwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

Meet at 10am at the grain drier, Grid ref: SU549844, nearest postcode OX11 9DS.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Jim Asher on 01865 391727 if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 4th February 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Holtspur Bottom Reserve, near Beaconsfield, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on this work party at their Holtspur Bottom reserve, near Beaconsfield.

Clearing overgrown scrub and fresh planting helps to keep the reserves in good condition and maintains the habitats for the butterflies and moths found there.

  • Please bring stout foorwear, a drink and a snack
  • All tools will be provided

Holtspur Bottom Reserve is easily accessible from Riding Lane (Holtspur, near Beaconsfield, HP9 1BT, Grid ref: SU917905) The ground is mostly level and largely firm, except along the initial section from the entrance gate, which runs under trees.

Further information about the Reserve and how to access it can be found HERE.

Winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, so please contact Nick Bowles on 01442 382276 if you are intending to come and he can keep you up to date with plans.

Upper Thames Work Party

Thursday 8th February 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub near High Wycombe, in a joint operation with Chiltern Rangers.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

Meet at 09.45 am at the car park for the W. Wycombe Cave. Nearest postcode HP14 3AH, Grid ref SU826947. We will car share from the car park to the reserve.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles (01442 382276) if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames: Berkshire Moth Group Monthly Meeting

Thursday 8th February 2018: 7.30pm
Maiden Erleigh LNR Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley

The Berkshire Moth Group meets on the second Thursday in the month.

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Maiden Erleigh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, Reading, SU749709.

ontact Grahame Hawker on 01189 700144.

Upper Thames Work Party

Friday 16th February 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub near High Wycombe, in a joint operation with Chiltern Rangers.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

Meet at 09.45 am at the car park for the W. Wycombe Cave. Nearest postcode HP14 3AH, Grid ref SU826947. We will car share from the car park to the reserve.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles (01442 382276) if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames Work Party

Saturday 17th February 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub near High Wycombe, in a joint operation with Chiltern Rangers.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

Meet at 09.45 am at the car park for the W. Wycombe Cave. Nearest postcode HP14 3AH, Grid ref SU826947. We will car share from the car park to the reserve.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles (01442 382276) if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames: Day Course

Saturday 17th February 2018, 9.45am-4.00pm
Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, Lakeside, Earley, Reading, Berks

Day course - A free introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording

It helps land managers to know both which species are breeding on any patch, but how their management affects numbers.  So, accurate records you supply can make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife, locally and nationally. Plus, extra knowledge boosts the enjoyment of any walk, even in your own garden.

Programme:

  • 09.45 - 10.10: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00 - 10:10: Welcome and details of the day
  • 10.10 - 11.15: Identification of the butterflies of Berks, Bucks and Oxon
  • 11.15 - 11.35: A quick butterfly ID quiz during tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 11.35 - 12.30: Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
  • 12.30 - 13.00: Transect recording methodology – why and how
  • 13.00 - 13.30: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch; tea/coffee/biscuits are provided) including a quick moth family quiz
  • 13.30 - 14.30: A practice transect walk
  • 14.30 - 15.10: Conducting timed counts and standardized surveys
  • 15.10 - 15:25: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 15:25 - 15:45: Record submission - and how it helps conservation
  • 15:45 - 16.00: 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: Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, Lakeside, Earley, Reading, Berks, RG6 5QE.

For information on how to get to the centre via public transport, please contact the centre at tel: 0118 9868995 and email: Parkrangers@earley-tc.gov.uk.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 18th February 2018, 10am-1pm
Aston Upthorpe Downs, south-east Of Didcot, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub at Aston Upthorpe Downs, south-east of Didcot.

Meet at 10am at the grain drier, Grid ref: SU549844, nearest postcode OX11 9DS.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Jim Asher on 01865 391727 if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames Work Party

Friday 23rd February 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub near High Wycombe, in a joint operation with Chiltern Rangers.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

Meet at 09.45 am at the car park for the W. Wycombe Cave. Nearest postcode HP14 3AH, Grid ref SU826947. We will car share from the car park to the reserve.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles (01442 382276) if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 25th February 2018, 10.30am-1.00pm
Milestone Wood, Caversham, Berks

The task will be scrub clearance on the chalk slope and planting Elms in the wood. Gloves, loppers  and bow saws would be useful if people have them but I will bring spare tools so don't worry if you don't have them.

Meet at Bamber Mews (SU733759, nearest postcode RG4 6NN).

Leader and contact: Peter Cuss (pj.cuss@gmail.com or mobile 07938577944)

As winter work parties can be cancelled at short notice owing to weather conditions, please contact Peter if you intend to go.

Upper Thames Work Party

Monday 26th February 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub near High Wycombe, in a joint operation with Chiltern Rangers.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools will be provided

Meet at 09.45 am at the car park for the W. Wycombe Cave. Nearest postcode HP14 3AH, Grid ref SU826947. We will car share from the car park to the reserve.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles (01442 382276) if you are intending to come.

Upper Thames: Day Course

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 9.45am-4.00pm
Sutton Courtenay EEC, Milton Park Estate, Didcot, Oxon

Day course - A free introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording

 It helps land managers to know both which species are breeding on any patch, but how their management affects numbers.  So, accurate records you supply can make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife, locally and nationally. Plus, extra knowledge boosts the enjoyment of any walk, even in your own garden.

Programme:

  • 09.45 - 10.10: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00 - 10:10: Welcome and details of the day
  • 10.10 - 11.15: Identification of the butterflies of Berks, Bucks and Oxon
  • 11.15 - 11.35: A quick butterfly ID quiz during tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 11.35 - 12.30: Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
  • 12.30 - 13.00: Transect recording methodology – why and how
  • 13.00 - 13.30: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch; tea/coffee/biscuits are provided) including a quick moth family quiz
  • 13.30 - 14.30: A practice transect walk
  • 14.30 - 15.10: Conducting timed counts and standardized surveys
  • 15.10 - 15:25: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 15:25 - 15:45: Record submission - and how it helps conservation
  • 15:45 - 16.00: 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: SCEEC, Milton Park estate, off the A34, 3 miles north of Didcot, between Sutton Courtenay & Didcot, Oxon. OX14 4TE

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10.30am-1.30pm
Bernwood Meadows, north-east of Oxford, Bucks

Help the Upper Thames Branch search for Brown Hairstreak butterfly eggs at BBOWT's Bernwood Meadows reserve.

Meet at 10.30am in the main Oakley Wood car park for Bernwood Forest, off the road from Oakley to Stanton St John at Grid ref: SP 611116, nearest post code: HP18 9UR.

Please wear suitable footwear, because the short walk from the car-park to the meadows can sometimes be quite boggy. 

It would be helpful if attendees could bring a small hand lens or magnifying glass. 

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, it is important to let Dave Wilton know the day before that you are intending to come. Please email: wilton@burnhamlodge.plus.com, or text or call 07710 864097.

Upper Thames: Day Course

Saturday 10th March 2018, 9.45am-4.00pm
Howe Park Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks

Day course - A free introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording

 It helps land managers to know both which species are breeding on any patch, but how their management affects numbers.  So, accurate records you supply can make an enormous difference to efforts to conserve wildlife, locally and nationally. Plus, extra knowledge boosts the enjoyment of any walk, even in your own garden.

Programme:

  • 09.45 - 10.10: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 10.00 - 10:10: Welcome and details of the day
  • 10.10 - 11.15: Identification of the butterflies of Berks, Bucks and Oxon
  • 11.15 - 11.35: A quick butterfly ID quiz during tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 11.35 - 12.30: Separating moths into their families – a start to moth identification.
  • 12.30 - 13.00: Transect recording methodology – why and how
  • 13.00 - 13.30: Lunch (please bring a packed lunch; tea/coffee/biscuits are provided) including a quick moth family quiz
  • 13.30 - 14.30: A practice transect walk
  • 14.30 - 15.10: Conducting timed counts and standardized surveys
  • 15.10 - 15:25: Tea/coffee and biscuits
  • 15:25 - 15:45: Record submission - and how it helps conservation
  • 15:45 - 16.00: 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 & Visitor centre, H7, Chaffron Way, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK4 3GG

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 25th March 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Holtspur Bottom Reserve, near Beaconsfield, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on this work party at their Holtspur Bottom reserve, near Beaconsfield.

Clearing overgrown scrub and fresh planting helps to keep the reserves in good condition and maintains the habitats for the butterflies and moths found there.

  • Please bring stout foorwear, a drink and a snack
  • All tools will be provided

Holtspur Bottom Reserve is easily accessible from Riding Lane (Holtspur, near Beaconsfield, HP9 1BT, Grid ref: SU917905) The ground is mostly level and largely firm, except along the initial section from the entrance gate, which runs under trees.

Further information about the Reserve and how to access it can be found HERE.

Winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, so please contact Nick Bowles on 01442 382276 if you are intending to come and he can keep you up to date with plans.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 6th May 2018: 11.00am
Homefield Wood, Bockmer End, 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 Field Meeting

Saturday 19th May 2018: 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

Sunday 20th May 2018: 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 26th May 2018: 10.30am
Lardon Chase, Berks

The target species is the Adonis Blue. 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

Tuesday 29th May 2018: 2.00pm
Finemere Wood, Bucks

A field trip to search for Black Hairstreak pupae.

Park on road verge at grid ref SP720209, Land Ranger Map 165. Entrance to the wood is 600m along track.

Leader Stuart Hodges, 01296 730217.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Thursday 31st May 2018: 2.00pm
Yoesden Bank, Bucks

The target species is the Adonis Blue. Other late spring chalk downland species should also be present. Steep slopes, so wear appropriate footwear.

 

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 2nd June 2018: 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 3rd June 2018: 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 16th June 2018: 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

Wednesday 20th June 2018, 7.00pm-9.30pm
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 23rd June 2018: 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 27th June 2018, 7.00pm-9.30pm
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

Wednesday 4th July 2018, 7.00pm-9.30pm
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

Wednesday 11th July 2018, 6.30pm-9.00pm
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

Wednesday 18th July 2018, 6.30pm-9.00pm
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.