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East Midlands Field Trips 2018

These field trips are a great way to learn about butterflies and their habitat, help with identification will be available and there will also
be photographic opportunities. Walks are open to anyone to attend. Please check the weather conditions and come suitably prepared.
If the weather looks bad enough for the trip to be cancelled we would ask you to ring the leader before setting off to check
whether the trip is on.

Longstone Edge (Derbyshire) Sunday 13 May
Meet at 10.00am under the Edge at GR SK200 730, a large layby where it should be possible to park a number of cars. Coming from Great Longstone, take Moor Road just after the Crispin Pub at a sharp
left hand bend. Continue along this until it turns right and goes over a cattle grid, the layby is less than a quarter of a mile from here. Parking is free but there are no toilet facilities. 

This field trip is ideal for those of limited mobility as it only requires a short walk to see our hoped for species: Wall Brown, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak and other spring butterflies

Contact : John & Sylvia Green 07760136369

Wyre Forest (Worcestershire) Saturday 19 May

Despite the disappointment of the last two trips to the Wyre Forest looking for the Silver-washed Fritillary, heavy rain in 2014 and a zero attendance in 2017, I am not giving up hope of getting someone
to join us at this large designated Forest Nature Reserve for a branch field trip.

My cunning plan is to change the target species to the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, hence the earlier date, we will also be visiting a different area of the forest, the Pipeline, which as far as I know will be
the first time on an East Midlands field trip.

Due to restricted parking at the car park nearest the Pipeline we will meet at 11 am at the Hawkbatch car park (GR SO 762776 sheet138) to the north of the B4194 approximately 2 miles north west
of Bewdley, we will then share cars for the drive to the site, so please ensure that everything you need is readily available to be transferred into another vehicle. 

Although the walk to the pipeline is quite short, once there the area is open and can be steep in places, so drinks, sun protection and stout footwear is recommended. As we are car sharing
I suggest lunch is taken with us, we can decide on the day our lunch arrangements.
On our reconnaissance trip last year we had over 20 individuals of our target species, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary,
plus Dingy Skippers, and depending on how the season is progressing there is the possibility of an early Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (seen last year but in a different part of the forest).

Unfortunately I have not yet got a cunning plan to ensure we have good weather, so if in doubt, please contact me.

Contact: Geof Adams 07968 484331

Bingham Linear Park (Nottinghamshire) Sunday 20 May

Meet at 10.00am at the bridge on Tythby Road in Bingham (grid ref SK 701393).

Target Species: Spring butterflies - hopefully Grizzled Skipper.

Wear stout walking boots or shoes as the ground is rough. No toilets or facilities so bring your own drink or snack.

The walk is about 6 km and takes approx 2 hours.

Contact: Jenny Craig 01949 838899

Dunstable Downs/Totternhoe Knolls (Bedfordshire) Saturday 26 May

Meet at 10.00am at the Chilterns Gateway Visitor Centre (National Trust) on Dunstable Downs (grid ref TL 007199; postcode LU6 2GY). (Car parking charge £2.00; free for National Trust members)
Take the B489 west out of Dunstable, and turn left at the roundabout onto the B4541. The visitor centre car park is on the right after about a mile. Meet outside the entrance to the visitor centre. 
Toilets and refreshments available.

The site is a steep chalk escarpment forming part of the Chiltern Hills with stunning views across the Vale of Aylesbury. The paths are sloping and uneven, and stout footwear is advised.
Target Species: Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus.

We will return to the visitor centre for lunch, before driving to Totternhoe Knolls, a local wildlife trust reserve nearby. This is a good site for Small Blue.

Contact Max Maughan, 01332 511825, 07963 830955

Doe Lea (Derbyshire) Sunday 27 May

Meet at The Stockley Lane car park at 11:30am. The Grid reference is: SK 46730 66361. post Code: S44 5GA.

From Junction 29 M1 take the A617 to Mansfield, go past Doe Lea and then on through Bramley Vale, at the bottom of Glapwell Hill turn left immediately before The Plug & Feathers pub up
Stockley Lane
. Be very careful with the speed ramps along the lane they are quite high. About 150 yards turn left into the car park, you cannot go any further because of the barrier. Should
anyone be coming from the Mansfield Direction then take A617 to Chesterfield, go for best part of six miles and at the bottom of Glapwell Hill turn immediately right after the Plug & Feathers
pub up Stockley Lane

Target species: Dingy Skipper and other countryside Butterflies.

Contact: Willy Lane 07790 000770, email doeleaboy@gmail.com

Meet at 11am in the Car Park, Grid Ref: SK 457068

Bagworth Heath Woods Country Park (Leicestershire) Sunday 3 June

Target Species: Dingy Skipper and other Spring butterflies.

Bagworth Heath Woods is located off Heath Road, approximately 0.6 miles south of Bagworth towards Merry Lees and Desford, in West Leicestershire.

This 75 hectare (185 acre) Country Park has been transformed from scarred industrial landscape of Desford Colliery into a valuable recreational resource. Owned and managed by
Leicestershire County Council, Bagworth Heath Woods is made up of woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds. There is a network of grass and surfaced paths through varied habitats.
There is a free car park at Heath Road Bagworth, LE67 1DL but no toilet facilities.

Contact: Eliot Taylor 0116 2871677

Hoe Grange Quarry (Longcliffe, Derbyshire – SK222560) Sunday 17 June

The 2nd Open Day for Derbyshire’s first Butterfly Reserve

From 11am to 4pm.

Members of Butterfly Conservation East Midlands, including Ray Walker (Hon Warden), Derek Brownlee (Hon Assistant Warden) together with Pat and Ken Orpe  will be able to show visitors around
this abandoned limestone quarry where already 26 species of butterflies have been recorded including Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District version of the Brown Argus.
It will also be possible to see the work that many volunteers have done to enhance the habitat so as to increase the biodiversity at the site.

Directions. Proceed to the crossroads in the centre of Longcliffe village and park in the adjacent office car park of Longcliffe Quarries.
Transport will then be available to take visitors to and from the reserve.   

Contact: Ken Orpe ken@malaga.plus.com

Fermyn Woods (Northamptonshire) Sunday 8 July

Fermyn Woods is part of the ancient Rockingham Forest. It is an attractive site with grassland and ponds as well as the extensive woodland

Target species: Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Purple and White-letter Hairstreak, and a range of other woodland and grassland species.

Location: meet at 9.30 am at grid ref SP 964859 (opposite the airstrip) on the minor road from Brigstock to Oundle, off the A6116 Corby to Thrapston road.
(Roadside parking only at the entrance to the bridlepath through the woods.) No facilities here.
Move cars for lunch at Fermyn Woods Country Park Visitor Centre (grid ref SP 953849) –
café, toilets and picnic benches. Car parking charge applies. Continue after lunch to explore other areas of the park.

Target species: Marbled White and other summer butterflies.

Contact: Max Maughan 01332 511825, 07963 830955.

Coombs Dale (Derbyshire) Tuesday 17 July

Meet at 10am on the small side road by the side of the café at Calver cross roads/traffic lights. GR SK 239749.

Morning walk finishing about 12.30pm. Facilities available nearby in cafe and pub. 

Target species: Dark-Green Fritillary, Brown Argus and other summer butterflies

Contact: John and Al Roberts 01142 306487, 07752 675363

Cloud Wood (LRWT) Nature Reserve (Leicestershire) Tuesday 17th July

Meet: 14.00pm in the lay-by opposite the reserve. 

Location: SK417214  Cloud Wood  lies in the N.W. of Leicestershire, 1.5km S.E. of Breedon-on-the-Hill on the road between Tonge and Griffydam. It is part of the site of an ancient
woodland that was originally coppiced in the traditional way. Parts of the wood are still coppiced by the Wildlife Trust in rotation, and other areas are left to grow naturally.
There is a diverse range of flora and fauna present. Nearest toilets and facilities (lovely cafe) are in Breedon village at the antique and craft centre.

Target Species: Silver-washed Fritillary and White-letter Hairstreak.

Contact: Richard Jeffery 07803 599247

Aston Rowant (Oxfordshire) Sunday 12 August

Meet at the Natural England car park (grid ref SU 731966) on the north side of the M40 motorway at 9.30am.
Access is signposted from the A40 which can be joined from either Junction 5 or 6 of the M40.

Target species are Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalkhill Blue and Brown Argus. Plants include Chiltern Gentian.

Bring a packed lunch, and stout shoes are recommended as there are several steep slopes. There are no facilities at either of the sites visited today.

In the afternoon, if time permits, we will visit the nearby reserve of Whitecross Green Wood for Brown Hairstreak.
Contact: Max Maughan 01332 511825

The 2018 Branch leaflet detailing some of these and other branch activities for 2018 is available as a .pdf file here