Upper Thames: Work Party

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Arncott, Near Bicester,Oxon

Arncott   MOD land near Bicester, St Georges Barracks, Arncott Wood Road

Please note the imperative need to contact various people in advance.  Begin with nick.bowles@ntlworld.com and he will explain the procedure to register for this event.

Join a team including members of the Upper Thames Branch on this work party where we shall be clearing scrub to improve the habitat for butterflies and various other forms of wildlife.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools, safety equipment such as thick gloves and full instructions will be provided (if required)

Meet just before 10am, at the guardroom of St Georges Barracks. This venue can be hard to locate so once you indicate an intention to join us, Nick will supply a map.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles, as above, or tel: 01442 382276, to check this work party is still going ahead and that there have been no changes to dates, times or the meeting place.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Thursday 23rd November 2017, 10am-1pm
Winchester Wood, Princes Risboro', Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch clearing scrub near Princes Risborough.

Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack

Tools will be provided

Meet at 10am at Thames Water, Brimmers Rd , Princes Risborough, nearest postcode HP27 0RJ, Grid ref: OS ref SP 822019.

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 Field Meeting

Saturday 25th November 2017, 0.00pm-3.00pm
Bracknell Forest, Berks

BFBC rangers would like to enlist the help of BC members in looking for Hairstreak eggs at three of their sites, and if there is time some rights of way in the North of the borough. Each site has well established blackthorn hedgerows with a west or south facing aspect that have the potential to be good habitat, and the hope is that even if we don’t find them, work could then begin to support the reintroduction of this species in Bracknell.

Meet at Larks Hill, off Harvest Ride, opposite Newport Drive. entrance to car park just beyond Quelm Park roundabout. Nearby postcode RG42 2QA. Grid ref SU870707.

Contact is Alison Levy (alison.levy@bracknell-forest.gov.uk).

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 26th November 2017, 10.30am-1.00pm
Milestone Wood, east Caversham, Berks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a work party clearing scrub and planting elms in woods in east Caversham.

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 10.30am at Bamber Mews, Grid ref: SU733759, nearest postcode RG4 6NN.

Leader and contact: Peter Cuss, email: pj.cuss@gmail.com or mobile 07938 577944.

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

Thursday 30th November 2017, 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 SU829948. 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 3rd December 2017, 10am-1pm
Aston Upthorpe Downs, south-east of Didcot, Oxon

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

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

Meet at the grain drier at 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

Monday 4th December 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Prestwood Nature Reserve, Bucks

We shall be clearing scrub at Prestwood Nature Reserve to improve the habitat for butterflies.

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

Meet at 10am, parking on site: nearest postcode HP16 0JA, Grid ref: OS ref SU 865991 

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles, tel: 01442 382276, to check this work party is still going ahead and that there have been no changes to dates, times or the meeting place.

Upper Thames Work Party

Friday 8th December 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Deanfield, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on this work party where we shall be clearing scrub to improve the habitat for butterflies.

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

Meet at 10am, parking just off Haw Lane, Saunderton: nearest postcode HP14 4JR, Grid ref: OS ref SU 804982

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles, tel: 01442 382276, to check this work party is still going ahead and that there have been no changes to dates, times or the meeting place.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 10th December 2017, 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 footwear, 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 14th December 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Finemere Wood, nr Quainton, Bucks

We shall be making glades in thick blackthorn scrub besides Finemere Wood to improve the habitat for butterflies, in particular the Black Hairstreak (one of the region's rarest butterflies).

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

Meet at 10am, parking on site: nearest postcode HP22 4DE (for nearby Woodlands Farm). Grid ref: SP721215

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles, tel: 01442 382276, to check this work party is still going ahead and that there have been no changes to dates, times or the meeting place.

Upper Thames: Berkshire Moth Group Monthly Meeting

Thursday 14th December 2017: 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 15th December 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Arncott, near Bicester, Oxon

Join a team including members of the Upper Thames Branch on this work party where we shall be clearing scrub to improve the habitat for butterflies and various other forms of wildlife.

Arncott, MOD land near Bicester, St Georges Barracks, Arncott Wood Road

Please note the imperative need to contact various people in advance.  Begin with nick.bowles@ntlworld.com and he will explain the procedure to register for this event.

Join a team including members of the Upper Thames Branch on this work party where we shall be clearing scrub to improve the habitat for butterflies and various other forms of wildlife.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools, safety equipment such as thick gloves and full instructions will be provided (if required)

Meet just before 10am, at the guardroom of St Georges Barracks. This venue can be hard to locate so once you indicate an intention to join us, Nick will supply a map.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles, as above, or tel: 01442 382276, to check this work party is still going ahead and that there have been no changes to dates, times or the meeting place.

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Sunday 17th December 2017, 10.30am-1.30pm
Rushbeds Wood, Near Bicester, Bucks

Join us on our annual search for Brown Hairstreak eggs at Rushbeds Wood BBOWT reserve (south-east of Bicester)...

Meet in the small BBOWT car park at grid ref SP672154, nearest postcode HP18 9UD. This is accessed from Kingswood Road via a track across the railway, the entrance to which is about 100m north of the junction with the Wotton to Brill road. If the car park is full, then further space for parking is available by the road junction.

Please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear. 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 / call 07751 472004.

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Monday 1st January 2018, 10.30am-1.30pm
Otmoor, North Of Headington, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a search for the eggs of the Brown Hairstreak butterfly at RSPB Otmoor in Oxfordshire.

Meet at the car park at the bottom of Otmoor Lane for our traditional New Year's Day egg search, Grid ref SP569126, nearest postcode 

  • Please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear
  • 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 / call 07751 472004.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 7th January 2018, 10.30am-1.00pm
Milestone Wood, east Caversham, Berks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a work party clearing scrub and planting elms in woods in east Caversham.

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 10.30am at Bamber Mews, Grid ref: SU733759, nearest postcode RG4 6NN.

Leader and contact: Peter Cuss, email: pj.cuss@gmail.com or mobile 07938 577944.

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

Upper Thames: Berkshire Moth Group Monthly Meeting

Thursday 11th January 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 12th January 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm
Arncott, Near Bicester, Oxon

Join a team including members of the Upper Thames Branch on this work party near Bicester, where we shall be clearing scrub to improve the habitat for butterflies and various other forms of wildlife.

Arncott   MOD land near Bicester, St Georges Barracks, Arncott Wood Road

Please note the imperative need to contact various people in advance.  Begin with nick.bowles@ntlworld.com and he will explain the procedure to register for this event.

Join a team including members of the Upper Thames Branch on this work party where we shall be clearing scrub to improve the habitat for butterflies and various other forms of wildlife.

  • Please bring stout footwear, a drink and a snack
  • Tools, safety equipment such as thick gloves and full instructions will be provided (if required)

Meet just before 10am, at the guardroom of St Georges Barracks. This venue can be hard to locate so once you indicate an intention to join us, Nick will supply a map.

As winter events may be cancelled at short notice due to weather conditions, please contact Nick Bowles, as above, or tel: 01442 382276, to check this work party is still going ahead and that there have been no changes to dates, times or the meeting place.

Upper Thames: Work Party

Sunday 14th January 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

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: 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

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

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: 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 07751 472004.

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.