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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2020

Please contact the leader if you are thinking of coming to an event (except those marked *). 
This does not make a commitment but means the leader can contact you if the event has to be cancelled

Please click here to read important information

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Take your winning photograph at one of our events

Details of our photographic competition here

Given the latest government advice to avoid social gatherings and venues, Suffolk Butterfly Conservation has regretfully made the decision that it will be in the best interests of everyone to postpone or cancel our Events until later in the year when it is hoped this disease will be under control.

We are sure you will agree we have a duty of care to those wishing to attend and given the present situation, we believe this is the correct decision in these difficult times to ensure the welfare of everyone comes first.

The events page will be revised when we are in a position to run events on new dates where possible.

All events are still CANCELLED

Saturday 21st March - Spring Scything Experience, Landseer Park.
1st of two introductions to scything with traditional scythes.

This taster session on the techniques of cutting wildflower meadows and grasslands with scythes will also benefit butterflies, moths and bees.  Not only will you learn how to scythe but we will also explain why this old method of managing grasslands is exceptionally good for our native wildlife.

This first event is at the Spring Equinox, just as the grass has begun to grow.  Scything is simple, enjoyable and suitable for anybody.  Modern scythes are also very lightweight and easy to work with. 

There will be another event in late summer (9th Aug) if you can’t attend this one.

Bring your own lunch and suitable sturdy, waterproof footwear.  We will provide the scythes but please book in advance as there are limited places.

Where: Landseer Park
Grid ref: TM176425
Contact: Julian Dowding mob: 07910 170609

Saturday 25th April - Early spring species at Barnhamcross Common
Event suitable for novices and new members.

Meet; Large car park on playing fields at northern end of Barnhamcross Common.
Map ref; TL866816 - on west side of A134 (Bury St Edmunds to Thetford road)
Time: 10.00 am, disperse approx 13:00
Contact: Rob Parker 01284705476.

Spring Wood Celebration Day

Note - Due to the 2020 May Day bank holiday having been moved from Monday 4th May, to Friday 8th May (VE Day) Ipswich Spring Wood Day will be held on Sunday May 3rd 2020, 10.30 – 16.30

Join Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation and lots of other conservation groups at Kiln Meadow.  Butterfly and other guided walks, wood crafts, children’s activities, music and storytelling.  Park at Bourne Park off Stoke Park Drive and take free minibus to the event on Kiln Meadow.

Where: Kiln Meadow, off Marbled White Drive, Ipswich
Map Ref: TM143416
Time: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Contact: Helen Saunders
 or Kevin Ling 07443 623987

Sunday 10th May - Wildlife Day; Suffolk Butterfly Conservation attended event*
A well attended National Mills Day event with BBQ and bar.

Where; Pakenham Water Mill
Map Ref; TL936696;  Post code: IP31 2NB
Time; 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
More details phone 01359 230275

Tuesday  12th May– Introduction to Butterflies and Day flying Moths – identification and survey methods
Shifting Sands Project Event with Sharon Hearle. All welcome; suitable for beginners

Join Sharon Hearle for beginners training with a session indoors followed by visit to King’s Forest to practice.  Dingy Skipper might be found.

Meet: Elveden Village Hall – a green tin building near the main Elveden Farm shop complex
Grid Ref: TL822799, Approx. postcode IP24 3TJ
Time: 10am –3pm;
Please bring packed lunch and drinks if staying for the walk.

NOTE: Ticks are present in Kings Forest so wear suitable clothing. Click here for advice

Contact Sharon Hearle Email:  Tel 07920131526
It is very helpful to know if you are planning to attend before.
(Sharon is Butterfly Conservation Regional Manager, East of England)

Saturday 16th May- Bioblitz
We are joining forces with Clare Country Park for a Bioblitz, including a butterfly walk

Where; Clare Country Park
Meeting Place: Old Goods Shed
Map Ref; TL770451
Time; 10.00 am
Contact; Kevin Ling
07443 623987

Saturday 30th May    King's Forest for spring species
Dingy Skipper possible

Where; King's Picnic site (Forestry Commission) on east side of B1106
Map ref; TL825753
Time; 10:00 am, disperse approx 13:00
Contact; Rob Parker 01284 705476.

Sunday 7th June   Brampton Wood Nature Reserve, nr Huntingdon for Black Hairstreak

Meet: Brampton Wood car park; Grid Ref: TL184698, Sat Nav:  use PE28 0DB and continue west, away from A1, for 3/4 mile
Time:  11.00am
Leader:   Peter Maddison Email:   prmaddison@yahoo.co.uk  01473 736607
Contact the leader for details.

Sunday 14 June - Moth Trapping at Landseer Park County Wildlife Site.

Meet at the car park off Landseer road and walk to the lower meadows and moth light.
Where: Landseer Park
Map ref: TM176425
Time 9pm ’til  Midnight
Contact: David Dowding & Sam Chamberlin
davetdowding@outlook.com schamberlin@hotmail.com

Saturday 27th June - Pakenham Wood
for Silver-washed Fritillary & White Admiral.

Where; meet in large car park behind Pakenham Church
Map ref; TL930670
Time; 10:00, disperse approx 13:00
Contact Rob Parker 01284 705476.

Saturday 4th July - Northfield Wood for Woodland Butterflies
for Silver-washed Fritillary & White Admiral

Where; Northfield Wood, Onehouse
Time; 10:30 am start
Meet at Community Centre
Grid ref; TM021596
Contact; Kevin Ling 07443 623987

Thursday 9th July – Introduction to Forester Moth and other day flying moths – identification and survey
Shifting Sands Project Event with Sharon Hearle.  All welcome, suitable for beginners

Join Sharon Hearle for beginner’s day and leisurely walk at Cavenham National Nature Reserve
Meet Car Park at Cavenham Heath approach from Tuddenham
Grid Ref: TL749725    Approx postcode CB7 5PR   
Time 10.30 – 1pm
Please bring a drink and sun hat

NOTE: Ticks are present in the Brecks so wear suitable clothing. Click here for advice

Contact Sharon Hearle Email:shearle@butterfly-conservation.org Tel 07920131526
It is very helpful to know if you are planning to attend before.
(Sharon is Butterfly Conservation Regional Manager, East of England)

Fri 17th July to Sun 9th August    BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT*
Big Butterfly Count
For more details visit www.butterfly-conservation.org or www.bigbutterflycount.org

Saturday 18th July - Dunwich Forest for mid-summer butterflies

Meet: St Helena Way car park, Westleton Rd Grid Ref:   TM466709
Time: 10.30am
Leader: Peter Maddison Email: prmaddison@yahoo.co.uk     01473 736607

Saturday 25th July - BUTTERFLY WALK at Mildenhall Warren Lodge

It is a 2-mile walk along an established route with wide forest tracks, areas of open grassland and  a wide perimeter track between the conifers and arable land.   We should see a good spectrum of species.  There are information boards on the historic use of the area making it an interesting walk suitable for all.  Families welcome

Where; Mildenhall Warren Lodge
Time; 10.00 am
Meet at the car park. Off the A1065, passed the Recycling Depot
Map Ref; TL735752; Post Code: IP28 7JQ
Contact; Twm Wade email twm.wade@yahoo.com 

Sunday 2nd August     GARDEN OPEN DAY*
Wildlife Garden Open Day

An invitation from BC member Mrs Trudie Willis, to visit her 10 acre garden, including a Buddleia and Honeysuckle collection.

Meet: Park at Prior's Oak, Leiston Road, Aldeburgh (B1122 Leiston to Aldeburgh Road)
Map Ref: TM452591  Post Code: IP15 5QE
Time: 10.30 am start
Contact: Peter Maddison   01473 736607

Thursday 6th August - Big Butterfly Count; Suffolk Butterfly Conservation attended event*
Well supported event in lovely surroundings.

Where; Pakenham Water Mill
Time; 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Map Ref TL936696; Post code: IP31 2NB
More details ring 01359 230275

Saturday 8th August  -  The Wall and other butterflies of SWT Carlton Marshes

Meet: SWT Carlton Marshes car park Grid Ref:  TM508920    Post Code:  NR33 8HU
Time:   10.30am  
Leaders:  Peter Maddison and Robert Quadling
Email:   prmaddison@yahoo.co.uk    01473 736607

Sunday 9th August - Summer Scything Experience,
Landseer Park Summer scything event.  2nd introduction to scything.

Another taster session on the techniques of scything to benefit wildflowers and invertebrates.  This event takes place after most summer flowers have begun to go over.

Bring your own lunch and suitable footwear. We will provide the scythes.  Please book in advance as there are limited places.

Where: Landseer Park
Grid ref: TM176425
Time: 10am-3pm
Contact: Julian Dowding, Mobile:07910 170609 or

Saturday 20th March 2021
Note this is now in 2021
Suffolk Branch A.G.M & Members Event

Guest speaker - Martin Warren, Head of Development at Butterfly Conservation Europe and previously Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation.

Venue: Stowupland Village Hall
Grid Ref: TM 070600, Post Code: IP14 4BG
Time: 2.30 pm.

The AGM will be followed by the guest speaker, members' slides, light refreshments and the annual photo competition.  Further details will be announced in The Suffolk Argus and on the Branch website.

Enter our photographic competition - details here


Butterfly Conservation National Annual General Meeting

Important information

As with any other activity, there are hazards in the countryside and everyone taking part in an event has a responsibility (duty of care) for their own safety and that of others.  We try hard to ensure that our events present no greater hazard than any other walk in the countryside, but we would encourage anyone planning to attend an event to read and act on the following advice:

• Wear appropriate footwear.  If there are unusual requirements these will be noted in the event programme, but stout shoes are a minimum requirement for any walk.

• The leader will brief you on the trip before setting off, with details of any known hazards and advice on what to do in an emergency – please listen carefully.

• By their nature, butterflies are not always to be found next to the path and will offer many opportunities (temptations) to wander off the track.  It’s easy to be distracted and to miss potential hazards such as rabbit holes, fallen or hanging branches, barbed wire etc.  Beware of wet grass or moss, particularly on sloping ground.  Children are welcome at branch events but, if under 16, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult (maximum of two children per adult).  If you are bringing children with you, please ensure that the event is within their capability.

• Dogs may be allowed at some of the events.  Please contact the leader in advance to find out if the event is suitable.

• If you are uncertain about any aspect of an event or activity, please contact the leader in advance.

Contact details can be found with each event entry.  Do let the leader know if you need, or can offer, a lift.  If you decide to leave early, please tell the event leader.  Please note that persons who take part in these events do so entirely at their own risk and The Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation cannot accept liability for any injuries or losses during the course of an event.
Binoculars, cameras, field guides and notebooks are always useful.  For moth nights bring a torch and eye protection (i.e. polarised sunglasses or wide-brimmed hat).  Remember, most nature reserves do not permit dogs.  Map references are based on the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series and are approximate.  They refer to the rendezvous, not the site.  Anyone is welcome to come along, Branch members or not.

photo competition

Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation (SBBC)
Photographic Competition

At the 2020 AGM there will be a photo competition for photos  taken in the UK or abroad by a member of SBBC.

There are two categories

UK Butterfly or Moths (any species photographed during 2020 in the UK)

Overseas Butterfly or Moth (any species photographed during 2020 outside of the UK)

Competition Guidelines

A maximum of five entries per person. Such entries can be spread across more than one category
Maximum size for photographs is 12" x 8".
There is no video category.
All photographs must be taken during 2020
The winning entries for each category will be published in a future edition of the 'Argus'.
There will be a prize for the overall photograph that gains the most votes.
In the event of a tie, the competition organiser shall have the casting vote.
Whilst every care is taken with entries, the BC Suffolk Committee cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss of photographs.

Enjoy your Summer of Butterflies and we look forward to seeing your photographs at our AGM.

Kevin Ling
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