Field trip, South Wales: Sat 29 Jun, 11am, High Brown Fritillary
Garden Open Day: Sun 30 Jun, 11am–4pm, 'From Oilseed Rape to Orchids', Mr & Mrs K Turner, The Red House, Eldersfield, Worcs. Own picnic lunch, drinks and cakes provided.
Field trip, Sussex and the Knepp Wilding project : Fri-Sun 5-7 Jul, Members weekend.
Wyre Forest Guided Walk: Wed 10 Jul, 11am, followed by Big Butterfly Picnic, meet Hawkbatch car park, B4194
Malvern Garden Open Day: See page 10–12 of the Comma
Malvern Hills Guided Walks: See page 24–25 of the Comma
National AGM: 16 Nov, Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa, SY4 3AG, 01939 291000, [email protected]
Advance booking required on the above events:Contact: Mike Williams on 01299 824860 or [email protected]
Northern Ireland Trip: Mon-Thu 3-6 Jun, only a few places left.Contact: Mel Mason, 01684 565700 or [email protected]
Joint Event with Staffs Wildlife Trust, celebrating 50 years of the Trust Friday 28 June – Moth night at Highgate Common including a guided nocturnal walk from 9.30 to 11pm. Meet at Cory Community Centre GR SO835895 - charge for walk £5 per person. Saturday 29 June – Moth morning from 9.30am to view moths trapped overnight at Highgate with a guided Butterfly Walk from 11am – target species White Admiral, Small Heath and summer butterflies. Meet at Cory Community Centre GR SO835895 - charge for walk £5 per person. To book places and for further details please visit website: https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/events
Big Butterfly Count
19 Jul–11 Aug: Branch events marked (BBC), www.bigbutterflycount.org for other events
Branch Stall at RHS Spring Festival, Malvern Thu–Sun, 9–12 May, 9am–6pm: Displays, films, pollinator plants. See www.rhs.org.uk. Contact: Mel Mason on 01684 565700 or [email protected]
Countrytastic, Three Counties Showground Thu 18 Apr, 10am–5pm: BC stall, family day out in Malvern. Advanced tickets at www.countrytastic.co.uk (none on the day).
Field Studies Council (FSC) courses Butterfly and moth courses at two West Midlands centres (Bishops Wood and Preston Montford), www.field-studies-council.org
Blooming Gardens at Witley Court Sat 22 Jun: Butterfly stall, guided walks, pollinating plant advice. English Heritage event (admission charge non-EH members).
Brown Hairstreak Week at Grafton Wood 17-26 Aug: Guides available from 2pm daily, contact John Tilt: 01386 792458 or [email protected]
Butterfly and moth ID workshop Sat 13 Jul, 9.30am–3pm: Old Hills near Callow End, Worcs. Tutor Mel Mason, book at [email protected]
Farm Open Day and Brown Hairstreak hunt Sat 10 Aug (BBC): Lower Hollowfields Farm, near Hanbury, Worcs. Leader: Gert Corfield. Details www.wildhollowfields.co.uk
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Surveys 17 Jun, 24 Jun: 10am–3.30pm, Sherbrook Valley, Cannock Chase, meet in car park opposite The White House, Marquis Drive, Cannock, WS12 4PR (SJ 994161). Contact Rhona Goddard: 01746762364 or [email protected]vation.org
Hartlebury Common Green Hairstreak Hunt Sun 19 May, 2pm: Leader Mike Lomax , meet at Wilden Top car park, Stourport-on-Severn, off B4193 (SO827713). Joint event with theHartlebury Common Local Group.Haugh Wood Guided Walk (BBC) Sat 20 Jul, 2pm (BBC): meet in reserve car park, minor road Mordiford–Woolhope (SO592365), tea and cake at Woodbines, Checkley (10 mins away). Contact Bob Hall: 01432 850623 or [email protected]
Llanymynech Rocks Guided Walk Sat 4 May, 2pm: joint event BC North Wales. Meet at car park on Underhill Lane, Pant (SJ272219). Leader Dr Simon Spencer: 01691 648339 or [email protected]
Moth Trapping Events Sat 15 Jun, 9am: Ashwood Nurseries, Kingswinford, Moth Morning with Tom Woodall and Mike Williams (01299 824860 or [email protected])
Sun 23 Jun: Monkwood, 9am Moth Breakfast (bacon rolls available) and 11am Butterfly Walk with Mike Southall and Mike Williams (01299824860 or [email protected])
Sat 29 Jun, 9pm: Ewyas Harold Common trappers and recorders, meet at the burning ground (SO382299). Sun 9am: big reveal and moth breakfast for anyone interested, contact Robin Hemming ([email protected]) or Ian Hart ([email protected])
Sat 13 Jul, 9am: Moth morning with Tony Simpson followed at 11am by guided walk at Trench Wood with Peter Seal (01905 426398 or [email protected]).
20 Jul, 9-11 am: (BBC) Moth Morning with the National Trust at Kinver Edge, £6 (includes breakfast). Book on 0344 249 1895 or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge
Prees Heath Common Reserve Meet on the access track opposite Steel Heath turning off A49. Contact Stephen Lewis: 07900 886809 or [email protected]
Wed 29 May, 10.30am–12.30pm: Hunt for Silver-studded Blue caterpillars attended by ants Sun 30 Jun: 2pm Silver-studded Blue Guided Walk, 10.30am–4pm Control Tower
Open Day Wed 31 Jul, 10.30am (BBC): Ragwort and Birch clearance
Fri 27 Sep, 7pm: Moth Night
Sat 28 Sep, 8am: Moth Breakfast
Wed 9 Oct, 10.30am: Birch clearance and Bell Heather seed harvest
Wed 13 Nov, 10.30am: Multi-tasking
Wed 11 Dec, 10.30am–12.30pm: Litter pick
Sandwell Valley Naturalists Joint Events Contact Joy Stevens: 01384 372397 or [email protected]
Sat 4 May, 1pm: Emperor Moths, Sutton Park, meet in Banner's Gate car park (parking charge likely)
Sat 25 May, 11am: Green Hairstreak, Portway Hill, Rowley Hills – recorded for 7 years but how common is it? Meet inside Bury Hill Park entrance, short distance north of Cookhouse and Pub on A4123
Staffordshire Guided Walks Booking required: John Bryan on 01782 541870 or [email protected]
Sun 26 May, 10am: Milldale Circular walk, 4 miles, steep terrain, good footwear, packed lunch, meet Milldale carpark (SK135547), DE6 2GB (phone/sat nav reception intermittent) – Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Wall Brown, Cistus Forester, Marsh Pug, Speckled Yellow
Sun 2 Jun: Swynnerton Training Area, Grizzled Skipper, development threat, chance to increase wildlife/botany records
Sun 14 Jul, 10am: Milldale Circular walk (as above) – Dark Green and Silver-washed Fritillary
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Open Day
Sun 5 May, 10am–5pm: Tiddesley Wood, near Pershore (follow signs), butterfly stall, guided walks, www.tiddesley.org.uk
2 May, 7pm: Join BC to launch Wood Brewery's Wood White beer at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Grow, Cook, Learn and the end of the Making a Stand for the Wood White project.
22 May, 7.30pm: Talk for the Strettons Branch of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Mayfair Community Centre, Church Stretton, SY6 6BL
12 Jun, 7 Aug (BBC), 10am: egg-monitoring, survey, Blakeridge Wood car park (SO295866)
16 Jun: Mortimer Forest, 10am Moth Morning, 11am Wood White Walk, meet at Vinnals car park (SO474731) – in partnership with FC
1 Aug (BBC): Guided walk at Wigmore Rolls, meet in small car park (SO397688) – in partnership with FC