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Events from Spring 2018 

Events from Spring 2018 

                             Events from Spring Comma

Butterfly Conservation Symposium

6th – 8th April at Southampton University. Visit for further details.

Ashwood Nurseries Moth Mornings
Saturday 16th June at 9.00am. Moth morning, a National Moth Night event. Meet at Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood Lower Lane, Kingswinford DY6 0AE Grid Ref SO 864879. Contact Mike Williams on 01299 824860 or at [email protected] Saturday 4th August at 9.00am.Moth morning followed by a butterfly walk at 11.00am. BC stall.
Contact details as above. 

Baggeridge Country Park
Sunday 22nd July 2018. White-letter Hairstreak and Six-belted Clearwing Foray. Meet at 11.00 am at the Ranger's office car park, Baggeridge Country Park, off A463 Wodehouse Lane near Wombourne (parking charges apply circa. £2.00).
Contact Dave Jackson on 07940 826671.

Butterflies of the Malvern Hills ID course
Sunday, 15th July 10.00am to 3.00pm. Led by Mike Williams and ideal for beginners. A Worcestershire Wildlife Trust event.Advance booking required to Ray Howard-Levine on
01905 754919 or at [email protected]

Cannock Chase Ramble
Saturday 16th June 2018. Welsh Clearwing and Small Pearlbordered Fritillary ramble. Meet at 11.00am in the Milford Common car park off A513 Milford to Rugeley Road (parking charges may have been introduced). If you have them please bring Welsh Clearwing pheromone lures and small nets. Contact Dave Jackson on 07940 826671.

Cannock Chase Survey and Training Days
Tuesday 19th June and Monday 25th June from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary survey and training day at Sherbrook Valley, Cannock Chase. Meet at Penkridge Bank car park opposite the White House. These events are yet to be confirmed as we go to press. Contact Rhona Goddard 01746 762364 or at [email protected] for more information.

Dudmaston Butterfly Guided Walks
Sunday 24th June and Sunday 8th July at 10.30am. Meet at
Comer Woods car park WV15 6QJ Grid Ref SO739903 on the
A442 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster road. A joint event with the
National Trust. Target species: White Admiral & Essex Skipper.
Contact Roger Littleover at [email protected]

Ewyas Harold Meadows & Common Work Party
Saturday 14th April. Meet at 10.00am at the northern Cwm Hill end of Ewyas Harold Common. Adjacent to the top cattle grid.Grid Ref SO382302. Approach from Abbey Dore off the B4347 at Grid Ref SO384306. Contact Sue Young on 01981 240776.

Grafton Wood Open Day & Walk

Sunday 8th July at 2:00pm. Start from the 3 Parishes Hall Grafton Flyford. Tea and cake after the walk at the Village Hall.Contact John Tilt on 01386 792458 or at [email protected] 

Grafton Wood Brown Hairstreak Week 
From Monday 20th to Sunday 26th August. Guides will be available in the wood from 2:00pm.More details on the Grafton Wood Blog – - and on the Branch Website, or contact John Tilt as above.

Grafton Wood Work Parties
Every Wednesday from 8th August. Blackthorn cutting for Brown Hairstreak. Meet at Grafton Flyford church car park at 10:00am. Contact John Tilt as above.

Haugh Wood Guided Walk

Saturday 21st July at 2.00 p.m. A guided walk following the green trail lasting approximately 2 hours. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No dogs please. Meet at Forestry Commission car park off the minor road from Mordiford to Woolhope. Grid Ref SO 593365.Contact Bob Hall at [email protected]
Malvern Hills Grayling Guided Walk
Wednesday 18th July 2018 from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Meet at North Hill Quarry Car Park Grid Ref SO7711746931. Charge £4.00. Great care is necessary as the walk is on very steep slopes and exposed crags between 250 and 350m. Wear suitable clothing, sun hat and good walking shoes or boots. Bring sufficient drinking water. No dogs or children please. Early booking is essential as numbers are limited. Contact Mel Mason at [email protected]

Monkwood Guided Walk and Reserve Open Day

Sunday 3rd June at 2.00pm. A walk around the wood led by Peter Seal, mainly to see the re-introduced Wood White. Charge £3.00 for adults, £1.50 for children. Meet in the
reserve car park. Contact Peter Seal on 01905 426398 or 
email [email protected] 

Monkwood Moth Morning

Sunday, 24th June at 9.00am. Help Mike Southall go through the previous night’s moth trap over a bacon roll,followed by butterfly walk at 11.00am led by Mike Williams.
Details from 01299 824860 or email [email protected] 

Prees Heath Common Reserve Big Silver-studded

Blue Count Wednesday 27th June at 10.30am. Help to count the whole Silver-studded Blue colony, and to clear Ragwort. Meet on the access track opposite the Steel Heath turning off the A49 Grid Ref SJ557363. Contact Stephen Lewis on 07900 886809 or at [email protected]

Prees Heath Common Reserve Open Day

Sunday 1st July. Silver-studded Blue guided walk at 2.00pm.Former RAF control tower will be open from 10.30am to 4.00pm.Meeting point and contact details as above.
Prees Heath Common Reserve Moth Night Wednesday 18th July from 9.00pm onwards with Dave Grundy. Meeting point and contact details as above.

Prees Heath Common Reserve BioBlitz

Thursday 19th July from 8.00am to 10.00pm. Moths and mammals from the night before. All welcome to find and identify all the wildlife on the reserve – butterflies, wildflowers, birds, pondlife, reptiles, bats etc. Marquee, toilets, equipment all available on site. A Butterfly Conservation 50th Anniversary event.Contact Stephen Lewis on 07900 886809 or at [email protected]

Prees Heath Common Reserve Work Parties
Wednesday 1st August, Wednesday 12th September and Wednesday 17th October at 10.30am. Ragwort, bracken and birch clearance. Meeting point and contact details as above.Swynnerton Training Area, Staffordshire Saturday 2nd June. Access has been arranged for a visit to this site which is very rich in its biodiversity, excellent flora and fauna with one of the Midland's biggest Grizzled Skipper colonies, with Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus also appearing as a sideshow.Sadly, this site is now under threat of being sold off and developed. The aim of the day is to obtain as many biological records of species as possible, so anyone from any field/interest is most welcome. Space however is limited, and in the first instance email [email protected] to book your place.Fuller details will be emailed closer to the time.

Trench Wood Guided Walk and Reserve Open Day

Saturday, 14th July at 11.00am. Meet at the reserve car park grid ref SO930588 for a Big Butterfly Count. Contact Peter Seal on 01905 426398 or email [email protected]

Wardlow Quarry Guided Walk 

Sunday July 22nd at 10.30am. Target species on this relatively short walk are Dark Green Fritillary, Six-belted Clearwing, Peregrine Falcon and some chalk grassland plant species. Meet at 10.30am in the road which meets the A52  at Grid Ref SK08514 47780. Postcode for satnav users ST10 3HD. Contact John Bryan at [email protected] to book a place.

Wyre Forest Woodland Walk
Saturday 19th May at 11.00am. Joint event with Natural England and part of Wyre Forest Council’s Big Active weekend.Meet at the Dry Mill Lane car park, Bewdley at the start of the disused railway line and the Butterfly Trail. Bookings in advance to Alice James on 01299 400686 or email at [email protected] Charge £3 adults, children free, payable on the day. Target species: Pearl-bordered Fritillary 

Wyre Forest Moth Morning and Breakfast Barbecue

Saturday 21st July at 9.30am. Moth Morning in the Wyre Forest with Dave Smith. Joint event with Natural England. Meet at Dry Mill Lane car park, details as above. Bookings in advance to Alice James on 01299 400686 or email [email protected] Charge £3 adults, children free, payable on the day. Wood White Project Events For all the following events contact Rhona Goddard on 01746 762364 or at [email protected]org

Wood White butterfly talk, Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, Shropshire

Tuesday 8th May. Arrive at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.A talk by Rhona Goddard about the rare Wood White butterfly. Tea and coffee available on arrival.
Wood White Guided Walk at Wigmore Rolls Tuesday 31st July from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Joint event with Herefordshire Ornithological Club. Meet at the site entrance on the minor road leading west from Wigmore village Grid Ref SO397688. Car parking spaces limited.
Big Butterfly Count Event at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Sunday 5th August from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Meet in the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre car park, Craven Arms Grid Ref SO435825.

Wood White Guided Walk at Blakeridge Wood

Thursday 31st May from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Join Alan Reid (Wildlife Ranger, Forestry Commission) and Rhona Goddard for a walk to discover how these two organisations are working together to benefit the recently reintroduced rare Wood White butterfly. Meet in second car park Grid Ref SO295866. At the small cross roads in Colebatch village (near Bishop’s Castle) take the minor road signposted for Cefn Einion, continue past the first Blakeridge car park and park in the second one. 

Wood White Guided Walk & Survey at Mortimer Forest Saturday 2nd June from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Meet in Vinnals car park Grid Ref SO474731. Just after the Charlton Arms on Ludford Bridge, take Whitcliffe road, following the brown Forestry Commission sign. Continue along this road for approximately 2 miles until you reach Vinnalls car park.

Wood White Guided Walk & Survey at Monkwood

Thursday 14th June from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Meet in car park Grid Ref SO803603.

Sunday 12th August from 10.30am to 1.00pm. Joint event with RSPB South Shropshire Local Members’ Group. Meet at the Bury Ditches car park Grid Ref SO331837. Take the righthand turning just opposite the Crown Inn pub (SY7 0HU) in Clunton village. Signposted as Bury Ditches Hill Fort.