BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 4th May 2017
Thatcham Reedbeds, 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

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

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a field trip looking for spring butterflies including Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak.

NB this is advertised for Sunday 20th May in the journal, which is not correct.

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.

Please note there are steep slopes.

Meet at 11am in the National Trust car park, on Stocks Road, OS map 181, Grid ref: SP955149, nearest postcode HP23 5RX. 

The nearest station is Tring (London Midland from London Euston).

For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact the Leader, Dennis Dell, tel: 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.

BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 1st June 2017
Limberlost Farm, Crookham, 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

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

West Berkshire Countryside Society event

Sunday 11th June 2017: 2.00pm
Lardon Chase, Berks

Join Charles Gilchrist, Grahame Hawker and a geological expert. Magnificent views over the Goring Gap, the Chilterns and the Thames Valley. Chalkland flowers and butterflies. Meet at the National Trust car park at the top of Streatley Hill on the B4009. SU583 807

http://www.westberkscountryside.org.uk/

Contact Grahame Hawker on 0118 9814405

BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 15th June 2017
Crookham Common, 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

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 17th June 2017: 11.00am
Blackland Covert, Bucks

Blackland Covert is a private farm approximately 7 miles N of Aylesbury and 2 miles W of Stewkley.  The site is managed sensitively for wildlife and a lot of restoration work has taken place in recent years.  

The focus for the daytime meeting will be the wetland areas, though some may wish to spend time looking for Black Hairstreak which has been recorded here.  We will also look for other invertebrates so members interested in all groups are very welcome.   

Please note that the number of places on this trip is limited. It is essential that you book with the leader(s) before the event.

Please arrive promptly, as we will be moving away from the parking site. Daytime meeting, meet at 11:00. General invertebrate surveying and to look for Black Hairstreak

Daytime Directions: West of Stewkley, follow High Street North heading out of the village NW until the edge of the village then turn left onto Dean Road and follow it for 1300 yds until the road turns sharp left.  Parking will be on the road verge here by the wood. Grid Ref:  SP82962637  Postcode for satnav LU7 0EU (will get you onto Dean Road, but keep going on Dean Road as directions above)  

Leader (daytime):  Alan Nelson    07590 414237  Email:  bucksdragonflies@gmail.com 

Evening meeting, meet at 21:00 Mothing.   

Evening Directions: Follow directions above, but continue to farm entrance and park by cattle grid.  . Grid Ref:  SP83012616  Postcode for satnav LU7 0EU (on Dean Road, directions as above)  

Leader (evening):    Bill Parker  07774 170573  Email:  billjoparker@btinternet.com 

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

Wednesday 21st 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 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

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

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

BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 6th July 2017
Audrey’s Meadow, 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

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: 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 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. 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

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)

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)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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).

BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 17th August 2017
Thatcham Reedbeds, 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

BBOWT Moth Night

Thursday 21st September 2017
Manor Farm, 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

BBOWT Moth Night

Saturday 14th October 2017
Thatcham Reedbeds, Berks

This event is in preparation for the Amazing Autumn event at the Nature Discovery Centre on Sunday 15th.

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