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Summer 2019 Events

Summer 2019 Events

Events for the 40th Anniversary Year 

40th anniversary events

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 


Wood White Events

Contact Rhona Goddard: 01746 762364 or [email protected]

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

National Moth Night

Butterfly Conservation West Midlands:

Details are now available of our National Moth Night event in Worcestershire. Do come and join us at Wells Cottage in Norchard (turn off A449 at Mitre Oak roundabout).

Date: Friday, 27 September, 2019 - 19:00 to 23:30

Event description:
This is a free event looking at moths attracted to light, sugar, wine and flowers in a garden and farmland setting. Bring warm clothes and torch. Hot drinks and cake available. Event finishes at 23;30

Contact: [email protected]

Where to meet:Wells Cottage, Norchard, Crossways Green, Stourport-On Severn, Worcestershire. DY13 9SN. Park on Drive or in adjacent field.