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

Sunday 13th May 2018: 11.00am
Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks

Target species is the Duke of Burgundy. We also hope to see plenty of other spring species.

 

Meet at the National Trust car park for Ivinghoe Beacon (OS map 165, grid ref SP963159).

 

Steep slopes and rabbit holes, so please wear appropriate footwear.

 

Leader and contact Robin Carr (01296 820114)

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 19th May 2018: 10.00am
Pitstone Quarry, Bucks

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

 

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.

 

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 and rabbit holes, so please wear appropriate footwear.

 

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.

 

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).

 

Very steep grass slopes, so please wear appropriate footwear.

 

Leader and contact: Maureen Cross 01491 871239

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 27th May 2018: 10.00am
Wicken Wood, Bucks

Join the Wood White species champion to see his butterfly.

 

Most of the walk is along a public footpath for easy walking, however, some ‘off path’ rides are likely to be more overgrown with uneven footing in places.

 

Meet at the car park at the entrance to the wood (Grid Reference SP730413).

 

Leader and contact: Nick Board (07811 255453)

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 and contact 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.

 

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

 

Steep slopes, so please wear appropriate footwear.

 

Leader and contact Ched George (01494 484493)

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 2nd June 2018: 11.00am
Bradenham Bucks

Target species is the 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

A Field 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: Meet The Moths

Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.00am-0.30pm
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, a number of traps will be opened at intervals to demonstrate use of moth traps and give access to the moths they hold. BC will provide identification sheets so that participants can have a go at identifying the moths on display (and then get your id confirmed by experts).

 

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). Please note that College Lake welcomes a donation of £3 if you use their car park.

 

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

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 / 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

Saturday 30th June 2018: 11.00am
Silchester Common, Hants

This is a good site for the Silver-studded Blue. Ground is uneven so wear suitable footwear. Also, there is gorse, so wear suitable 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 07919 921910)

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 30th June 2018: 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 Tess and Peter Ogden (07596 495007).

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 1st July 2018: 10.30am
Hackpen Hill, Oxon

A walk in search of various butterflies and day-flying moths. There are steep slopes requiring suitable footwear.

 

Meet at Sparsholt Firs on the Ridgeway by the B4001 (grid ref SU344850) .

 

Leaders Mike & Gillian Taylor tel: 01235 751646.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Tuesday 3rd July 2018: 2.00pm
Maidenhead Thicket, Berks

Target species is the White-letter Hairstreak, but hopefully a good selection of woodland butterflies will be seen.

 

Silver Washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral are all seen here as well as the occasional Purple Emperor. Bring binoculars if you have some!

 

Meet in the 'Butterfly Trail' car park off the Henley Road (A4130), Grid Ref SU857809 .

 

Leader and contact Peter Cuss, the species champion, 07938 577944

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

Thursday 5th July 2018: 11.00am
Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks

A walk to see the Dark Green Fritillary in one of the best sites in the Upper Thames Branch region.

 

There are some very steep slopes and rabbit holes so please wear suitable footwear.

 

Meet in car park at grid ref SP963160

 

Leader and Contact Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Big 50th Birthday Event

Saturday 7th July 2018: 2.00pm
Tring Park, Herts

A butterfly walk to see a range of summer grassland and woodland butterflies.

 

Part of the Big 50th Birthday and Beningfield Celebrations Weekend programme of events being organised by Butterfly Conservation and the Natural History Museum. More details about the weekend’s events can be found here: www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

 

Meet at Quadrangle (Tring) Natural History Museum, Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AP. Walk to last approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. Please wear suitable footwear as the route includes steep slopes.

 

Grid Reference SP925111 [Landranger Map 165] or postcode HP23 6AP

 

Leader and contact: Nick Bowles 01442 382276 or email: nick.bowles@ntlworld.com

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 7th July 2018: 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 9am in really warm weather.

Leader and Contact: Paul Huckle email: paul.huckle@btinternet.com

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

Saturday 14th July 2018: 10.30am
North Bucks Way & Oakhill Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks

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

 

Meet at Shenley Wood car park SP824356.

 

Leader and contact: Martin Kincaid 01908 235632 or mobile 07768 146232

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)

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 28th July 2018: 10.00am
Paices Wood, Aldermaston, Berks

A look at the varied habitats of Paices Wood country parkland, which supports a variety of species.

 

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

 

Leader and contact John Lerpiniere 0118 375 1756.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 28th July 2018: 10.30am
Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks

A walk to see summer butterflies and hopefully some of the rarer species on Buttler’s Hangings including Chalkhill Blue and Silver-spotted Skipper.

 

After meeting at the south end of the National Trust car park 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 Buttler’s Hangings. A walk of about 4 kilometres in total with very steep slopes, so please wear suitable footwear.

 

Please note that it is not possible to park on the road directly below Buttler’s Hangings.

 

Leader and contact: Tess and Peter Ogden 07596 495007

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 29th July 2018: 10.30am
Oven Bottom, Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon

A walk to look for butterflies of high summer.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Leader and contact Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Thursday 2nd August 2018: 11.00am
Greenham Common, Berks

The target species is the Grayling, and there will be lots of other species to see.

 

Meet at the car park near the control tower, off Bury's Bank Road at SU501652.

 

Leader and Contact Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Friday 10th August 2018: 11.00am
Shirburn Hill, Oxon

Target species is the Silver-Spotted Skipper and other mid-summer chalk downland species.

 

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

 

The site has steep slopes and rabbit holes, so wear appropriate footwear.

 

Leader and Contact Paul Bowyer 01628 526225

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 12th August 2018: 10.30am
Kimble Rifle Range, Monks Risborough, Bucks

Summer butterflies (including Chalk Hill 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 15th August 2018: 10.30am
Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon

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

 

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

 

Leader and contact: Tony Croft (07808 289588).

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 18th August 2018: 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