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Winter 2020 (2)

Welcome to the west midlands butterfly Conservation website. Covering Birmingham, the black counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire,west midlands butterfly Conservation is one of 32 regional branches of Butterfly Conservation uk helping to bring butterflies and moths back to britain.

Events for your Diary

Ankerdine Hill Work Party
Sun 19 Jan: in partnership with Worcestershire County Council (Wade Muggleton)
10am in a small lay-by on A44 close to the turn  off to Martley (SO736557)
Contact Mike Williams: 01299 824860, [email protected]


Cannock Chase Work Parties – Dingy Skipper 26 Jan: in partnership with Staffordshire County Council 11am outside Rangers Bungalow, Marquis’s Drive, Staffordshire, WS12 4PW (SK005153) Contact Rob Taylor, Countryside
Ranger: 01543 370737, 07817 122760, [email protected]


Ewyas Harold Reserve and Common
Work Parties Sat:18 Jan, 15 Feb, 21 Mar:Contact Ian Hart: [email protected]
Tue: 7 Jan, 4 Feb, 3 Mar:Contact Lucy Morton: 07503 220191,
[email protected] 10am at the northern Cwm Hill end of Ewyas Harold Common, adjacent to the top cattle grid (SO382302). Approach from Abbey Dore off the B4347 (SO384306). Some hand tools will be provided but, if you have your own, do bring them. Bring gloves, lunch and a drink.


Grafton Wood Brown Hairstreak Egg Searches
Sat: 1 Feb: 10am at Grafton Flyford church. Contact Simon Primrose: 07952 260153,
[email protected]

Grafton Wood Work Parties
Every Wed until the end of March: 10am at Grafton Flyford church. Contact John Tilt: 01386 792458, [email protected]


Haugh Wood Work Parties
Sat: 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 7 Mar: 10am in the reserve car park on minor road from Mordiford to
Woolhope (SO592365) Contact Kate Wollen (07786 526280, [email protected]) or Robin Hemming (07501 020605,
[email protected])


Honeybourne Work Party 

(Grizzled Skipper site) Sun: 15 Mar: 10am at the bridge above the disused railway (SP127441) on road between Honeybourne and Mickleton Contact Peter Seal:
01905 426398, [email protected]


Malvern Grayling Work Parties
Mon:10 Feb, 24 Feb: 10am in North Hill Quarry car park, WR14 4LT (SO771469) Tea and coffee provided mid-morning but bring own lunch/refreshments if staying all day.
Contact Mel Mason: 01684 565700, [email protected]


Monkwood Work Parties
1st Sun: 5 Jan, 2 Feb, 1 Mar.3rd Thu: 16 Jan, 20 Feb, 19 Mar: 10am in the reserve car park (SO803603) Contact Phil Adams: 01905 610830, [email protected]


Mortimer Forest Work Party

Sun 19 Jan: 10am at Forestry England barrier,
just off the B4361 near Overton (SO500720), in
partnership with Forestry England Contact Rhona
Goddard: 01746 762364, [email protected]

Penny Hill Landfill Site Work Parties
Sun 23 Feb and 8 Mar: 10am at the site entrance off Pudford Lane, Hillside, Martley
(SO752613) Contact Mike Williams (01299 824860) or Trevor Bucknall (01905 755757)


Prees Heath Common Work Parties
Wed: 12 Feb (tree clearance around the pond), 11 Mar (tree popping on the old
runway): 10.30am on the access track opposite the Steel Heath turning off the A49 (SJ557363) Contact Stephen Lewis: 07900 886809, [email protected]


Scarlet Tiger Project Work Parties,

Stourbridge Every 3rd Fri: 17 Jan, 21 Feb, 20 Mar: 10am at a location posted on the notice board at the northern (crematorium) end of Roman Road. Contact Joy Stevens: 01384 372397, [email protected]

Siege Wood Work Party, Herefordshire

Thu 13 Feb: 10am in the reserve car park (SO355344) Contact Mike Williams 01299
824860, [email protected]

Trench Wood Work Parties
Sun 26 Jan, 23 Feb, 22 Mar: 10am in the reserve car park (SO930588) Contact
Matthew Bridger, 07801 568334,  [email protected]

Wood White Work Parties
Wessington Wood and Pasture Nature Reserve, Herefordshire (SO603353) Tue 11 Feb:10am in the reserve car park, in partnership with
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust 

Bury Ditches, Shropshire

 (SO333839) Sun 16 Feb:10am in the reserve car park, in partnership with Forestry England Contact Rhona Goddard: 01746 762364, [email protected]

Wyre Forest Work Parties
Sun: 9 Feb Wed: 29 Jan, 25 Mar: Wednesdays are joint events with Natural
England – tea and coffee provided 10am in Earnwood Copse car park on the
B4194 Bewdley to Kinlet road (SO744784)
Contact Mike Williams: 01299 824860, [email protected]


West Midlands Branch AGM
11am to 3pm, Sat 29 Feb 2020 Three Parishes Village Hall, next to St John's
Church, Grafton Flyford, WR7 4PG (SO963557), just off A422 between Worcester and Inkberrow Tea and coffee from 10.30am, rolls and cake at 1pm. Business starts at 11am (annual reports and Branch updates), with a Panel discussion after lunch on ‘Challenges of maintaining Reserves and other key sites’. Minutes of the 2017 and 2018
AGMs are available at www.westmidlandsbutterflies.org.uk/news/meeting-minutes.

Annual Moth Recorders’ Day
10am to 4pm, Sat 25 Jan: Birmingham and Midland Institute, details and bookings at
butterfly- conservation.org/moths/mothrecording/uk-moth-recorders-meeting

Walks at Llanymynech Rocks 

to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary and other butterflies Sat: 2 May and 9 May: 2–4.30pm at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust car park (SJ271218), take Underhill Lane to the end just south of the Cross Guns pub in Pant. No charge, requires reasonable weather with sunshine (will be cancelled if raining continuously), accompanied children welcome, no dogs please Contact Simon Spencer: 07866 428875,
01691 648339