Saturday 8th June 2019, 10:45am-3:00pm

Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite, Keswick


  • Chris Winnick or Martin Tordoff
  • 01539 728254 or 01539 735935

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Programme  This year’s Open Day and AGM will return to this wonderful Marsh Fritillary site…the best in north west England.  This working beef farm just two miles west of Keswick is also home to a good colony of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the rare, day-flying Forester Moth, along with damp-loving wild flowers, birds and other invertebrates.  We will spend the morning in the purpose-built Conservation Centre, followed after lunch by a guided walk around the site in the afternoon.

The programme (subject to confirmation) is

10.00-10.30 Opening of overnight moth traps
10.45-11.30 An illustrated talk on the butterflies of north west Cumbria by Steve Doyle
11.45-12.15 An illustrated talk on the Scotch Argus of Cumbria by Lucy Gunson
12.15-13.00 Brief AGM and opportunity to ask questions of the branch committee
13.00-13.30 Lunch (bring own refreshments: hot drinks and toilets are available on site)
13.30-15.00 Guided walk to see Marsh and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Forester Moth, and other rare flora and fauna

Note that if the weather dictates, we may ‘flip’ the programme and walk around the farm in the morning.

Boots or wellingtons are strongly advised as it can be very wet underfoot.
The Open Day will be the Premier Event of the year  If you have never been before you will certainly want to return!

Directions Follow A66T from Keswick towards Cockermouth.  Pass junctions to Braithwaite village on left: Blackwood Farm (Braithwaite Moss) is on the right hand side by farm buildings (ca 1km). Slow down on this fast road as there is no central lane for turning right. A prompt is a blue parking panel on the left just before the turning.  Parking (car share if possible) is available at the entrance to the farm and through the metal gate in the yard by the Conference Centre. Grid ref NY232248, sat nav CA12 5RZ

Contact Chris Winnick 01539 728254 or Martin Tordoff 01539 735935

Newsletter editor’s note. She has heard ‘on the grapevine’ that Chris Winnick is running a three day course on Butterflies, Moths and the Countryside at Higham Hall, near Cockermouth, just a few days before the Open Day and plans to visit Blackwood Farm as part of the course programme.  She suggests to contact Chris Winnick or see the Highham Hall web site for details.