East Midlands Field Trips 2019

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.

Field Trips 2019

Longstone Edge


Saturday 18 May

Meet 10am at the big layby Grid Ref SK 199 730 on the single-track road that leaves Great Longstone on the left, just at the RHS bend in the village coming from Monsal Head. The St Crispin pub is just beyond this. If you see this you have gone too far! This is a meet suitable for those who have difficulty getting around as the walking is very short and easy. There are no conveniences.

Target Species: - We hope to see Green Hairstreak and Wall Brown if they are out, but also other spring butterflies.

Contact:- John & Sylvia Green 07760 136369

Bingham Linear Park


Sunday 19 May

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

Contact:- John & Sylvia Green 07760 136369

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 07979 355413

Bagworth Heath Woods Country Park


Wednesday 22 May

Meet: 11.00am in the car park.

Location: Grid ref: SK 457 068

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

There is a free car park at Heath Road Bagworth, LE67 1DL but no toilet facilities.

Target Species: Dingy Skipper, Small Heath and possibly Green Hairstreak.

Contact: Eliot Taylor 0116 2871677

Dunstable Downs/Totternhoe Knolls


Saturday 25 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, 07484 881502

Codnor Park Forge Nature Reserve


Sunday 2 June

Meet at 10am and park in the Crossings Club car park bottom of Monument Lane, Codnor Park, Ironville, NG16 5PJ. The Forge site is a short walk from there.

The Club is open to non-members for drinks including tea/coffee from noon if required. Nearby Burger Bar at Reservoir open till 1pm, bacon, egg cobs etc, plus tea/coffee.

Target Species: Dingy Skipper BAP, Small Heath BAP, Common Blue, Brown Argus (recorded once 2018), plus usual other species and day flying moths.

Site total is 24 Species of butterflies, including a small colony of Clouded Yellow that bred there in 2018. It was on BBC news!

Grass Snakes & Water Voles in nearby canal on forge Boundary.

Contact: Pete Clark 07971 772184

Tippings and Boundary Wood

(Former Blidworth Colliery, Nottinghamshire)

Sunday 9 June

Butterflies, Orchids and Birds

Meet at 10.30am at Tippings Wood Car Park, Blidworth. Just off the B6020 (GR: SK590568).

Going north out of Blidworth towards Rainworth the car park is on the right just after the right hand bend. Free parking.

Please note: This will be a walk of about 2 to 3 miles and can be muddy. The former Blidworth Colliery closed in 1989 and the site was landscaped by Notts CC and The Forestry Commission. It was completed in 2000 with a small lake, wetlands and mixed woodlands. The two woodlands are joined by the National Cycle Route which brings a natural corridor from Sherwood Pines and continues south towards Newstead.

This should be an excellent site for Dingy Skipper, but so far this has been elusive here. Can we find them? Boundary Wood has an abundance of Orchids with the help of our expert, Richard, we hope to identify just what is on this wonderful site.

Target Species: Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue. Orchids.

This is joint walk by Jane Broomhead and Richard Penson.

Contact: Jane Broomhead 01623 862854

Fermyn Woods


Sunday 7 July

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.

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.

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, 07484 881502.

Cloud Wood (LRWT) Nature Reserve


Tuesday 16 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 andWhite-letter Hairstreak.

Contact: Richard Jeffery 07803 599247

Hoe Grange Quarry

(Longcliffe, Derbyshire – SK222560)

Sunday 21 July

The 3rd 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

Coombs Dale


Tuesday 23 July

Meet at 10am at the bottom of the Dale by the playing field where there is a parking area SK 236751. It is on the A623 towards Stoney Middleton. There is also parking around Calver Crossroads.

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

Morning walk finishes around 12.30pm. Facilities available in nearby pub and cafe.

Contact: John and Al Roberts 01142 306487, 07752 675363

Aston Rowant


Saturday 10 August

Meet at the Natural England car park (grid ref SU 731966) on the north side of the M40 motorway at 10.00am. 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.

In the afternoon, if time permits, we will visit the nearby reserve of Whitecross Green Wood for

Brown Hairstreak.

There are no facilities at either of the sites visited today.

Contact: Max Maughan 01332 511825, 07484 881502.

Williamthorpe Nature Reserve


Sunday 11 August.

Meet at 11:15am for 11:30am start.

Postcode: S42 5UT, Grid Reference:SK43176 66306.

Directions: From the roundabout at Junction 29 M1, take the A6175 signposted to Clay Cross & Holmewood, at the first roundabout take the third turning onto Park Lane, after roughly 300 yards, opposite Rick Beswick on the right hand side is a track that runs down to the Reserve. Park on Park Lane, there should be plenty of room.

Target specie: Purple Hairstreak.

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