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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2016

Please contact the leader if you are thinking of coming to an event. 
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
 

Monday 2nd May    FAMILY EVENT
Spring Wood Celebration Day
Join Suffolk Branch at Kiln Meadow for butterfly and other guided walks, woodland crafts and demonstrations, family activities, music, food and much more.  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
Time: 11.00 am to 16.00 pm
Contact: Helen Saunders ()



Sunday 8th May    BUTTERFLY WALK
Spring Butterflies in King’s Forest (suitable for novices)
Map Ref: TL826752  “FC King’s Picnic Place” on the B1106.
Assemble by the Information Board in the grassy area.
Map Ref: TL 853645
Time: 10.00 am to 13:00 pm approx.  Bring packed lunch.
Contact: Rob Parker on 01284 705476



Wednesday 11th May and Wednesday 25th May    SURVEYS
Dingy Skipper Week at King’s Forest
Assemble at access track to John O'Groats cottages, on west side of B1106.  First count is at King's Archery Site.  Please enquire in advance to notify availability and whether you can assist with other locations.  Surveys continue until end of May.
Map Ref: TL 826738
Time: 10.30 am
Leader: Bill Stone 07906 888603



Saturday 21st May    NOVICE RECORDERS
Holywells Park, Ipswich 
Identification and recording.   Suitable for novices.
Meet:  Outside the Orangery
Map Ref:  TM175433
Time:   10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607


Sunday 29th May      GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES
Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall
Come and find Suffolk Branch in the Conservation Zone at Plant Heritage (Suffolk Group's) Spring Fair at Helmingham Hall Gardens.  There will be children activities on offer so this event is suitable for our family members too.  If you can't make the Spring Fair, Suffolk Branch will be at the Autumn Fair too (see below).
Map Ref: TM186576
Time: 10.00 am – 16.00 pm
For more information visit the Helmingham Hall events page at www.helmingham.com.
 
7 entrance fee per person. All children  under 16 years free.


Tuesday 7th June     BUTTERFLY WALK
SWT Newbourne Springs - morning walk (2 hrs) 
Meet: Reserve car park
Map Ref: TM 274433
Time:  10.30 am

Leader:  Peter Maddison  01473 736607



Sunday 26th June     BUTTERFLY WALK
Early Summer Butterflies of Knettishall Heath (suitable for novices and open to the public)
Target species: White Admiral and Hairstreaks
Map ref: TL956806
Assemble in the main SWT car park
Time: 10.00 am start. Returning about 12.30 pm
Contact: Rob Parker on 01284 705476



Saturday 2nd July     NOVICE RECORDERS 
Holywells Park, Ipswich 
Identification and recording.  Suitable for novices.
Meet:  Outside the Orangery
Map ref: TM175433
Time:   10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Leader:  Peter Maddison   01473 736607



Thursday 7th July      BUTTERFLY WALK
Landseer Park - for grassland, woodland and heath butterflies
Meet: Landseer car park, Landseer Road
Map Ref: TM 17594252
Time: 09:00 am

Contact:  David Dowding 01473 436096


Saturday 9th July    BUTTERFLY WALKS AND BBC EVENT
Red Lodge Heath SSSI for butterflies and day-flying moths
Two tours of the open heath and woodland margins to mark the start of this year’s Big Butterfly Count.  Members of the public including families are very welcome.
Meet: Millennium Centre, Magnolia Close IP28 8TT
Map ref: TL699703
Times: Tour 1 at 10.00 am. Tour 2 at 13.00 pm.
Contact:  Twm Wade 01638 577446 or for more details.



Fri 15th July to Sun 7th August
Big Butterfly Count (BBC)
For more details visit www.butterfly-conservation.org


Wednesday 20th July     BUTTERFLY WALK
Kenton Hills and Sizewell
Butterfly walk for White Admiral and Grayling. Bring lunch.
Meet: Kenton Hills car park
Map Ref:  TM 453639
Time:  10.30 am
Contact: Peter Maddison  01473 736607



Saturday 17th July     BUTTERFLY WALK
Bonny Wood for Purple Emperor and other woodland butterflies
Meet: Barking Village Hall
Map Ref: TM 06725261
Time: 9.00 am
Contact:  Kevin Ling
07443
623987


Wednesday 27th July    FAMILY DAY AND BBC EVENT
Wildlife Day at Holywells Park
Parking:  In Cliff Lane Primary School car park
Map Ref:  TM 176433

Time: 12.00 am to 16.00 pm
Contact: Helen Saunders (



Sunday 31st July     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
Time: 10.30 am start
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607



Saturday 20th August      BUTTERFLY WALK
Rendlesham Forest
A two hour walk for Grayling, Small Heath and Small Copper.
Meet: Car park at eastern end of Woodbridge Airfield.
Map Ref: TM354492
Time: 11.00 am
Leader: Peter Maddison 01473 736607



Sunday 18th September    GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES
Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall
If you couldn't make the Spring Fair, come and find Suffolk Branch in the Conservation Zone at Plant Heritage (Suffolk Group's) Autumn Fair at Helmingham Hall Gardens.  There will be children activities on offer so this event is suitable for our family members too.
Map Ref: TM186576
Time: 10:00 am - 16:00 pm
For more information visit the Helmingham Hall events page at www.helmingham.com
7 entrance fee per person.  All children  under 16 years free



Saturday 15th October
A.G.M & Members Evening
Venue: Waldringfield Village Hall
Map Ref: TM277444. Time: 15.00 pm.
Please note the change in location and the afternoon start.
The AGM will be followed by light refreshments, then members' slides and the annual photo competition.  Further details will be announced in The Suffolk Argus and on the Branch website. 

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Enter our photographic competition - details here


Saturday

Butterfly Conservation National AGM

 

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 are normally welcome at branch events, but must be kept under control. Any exceptions are shown in the individual event details.

• 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.
Additional information about the events can be obtained from the leaders or Matt Berry (Tel: 07599 43026).

** These trips are the sole responsibility of Greenwings Wildlife Tours Ltd

Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation (SBBC) Photographic Competition

At the 2016 AGM there will be a photo competition for photos and videos taken in the UK or abroad by a member of SBBC. 

There are three classes
1. Still photo taken in the UK
2. Still photo taken outside the UK
3. A video or digital slide show.

Judging will be by those who attend the AGM so the entries must be available for that evening.


Rules
R1 - There shall be no more than 5 entries per participant.  Such entries can be in more than one class (e.g. 2 in two classes and one in another).

R2 - Photos or films must:
> be of a butterfly or moth at any stage in its life cycle
> be of wild stock, not captive bred
> have been taken by a Suffolk Branch member; their own work
> have been taken in the year of the AGM i.e.2016.

R3 - Individual still photos must:
> be printed and presented no larger than A4 (12” x 8”); A5 (6” x 8”) preferred
> have minimal editing before printing; not digitally enhanced but allowing cropping and resizing.

R4 - Slideshows or films:
> must be no longer than 5 minutes; less preferred
> may include a commentary, background music and/or text; other editing must be minimal; not digitally enhanced but allowing cropping and the Ken Burns effect (commentary can be live)
> may include more than one species.

Class 1 - “The photo I wish I had taken” - taken in the UK & decided by popular vote on the night
Class 2 - “The photo I wish I had taken” - taken outside the UK & decided by popular vote on the night
Class 3 - “The video or slideshow I wish I had made or presented” (DVD or other format - please check what will work) - decided by popular vote on the night.

Prizes - a round of applause.

Administrative Arrangements
A - there is no entry fee
B - entries in classes 1 & 2 shall have the member’s name on the back and a unique number with the name if that person has more than one entry
C - entries for classes 1 & 2 shall have the class number (C1 or C2) stated on the back
D - the still photo DVD, CD or memory stick will remain the property of the member but the committee cannot accept responsibility for their condition at the end of the competition
E - entries need to be presented to a committee member for display before the AGM starts
F - entries may be pinned to a board or displayed loose on a table
G - entries may be labeled using masking tape stuck to the edge of the photo and then put on a wall or board
H - the still photo entries will be judged by those attending the meeting during the tea break and decided by ballot (to be arranged on the night - ballot papers are provided allowing 2 selections in each of Class 1 & 2 upon whichvoters enter the unique number for their first and second choice. These are ‘scored’ and 3 people then go off to count the votes/scores.); entries for Class 3 will be decided on a show of hands after their display
J - entries need to be retrieved by the member or their representative at the end of the meeting
L - the winning entries for classes 1 & 2 need to be made available for publication to the editor of Suffolk Argus in electronic form after the meeting (the editor may ask for others).

Twm Wade - 20 January 2016
twm.wade@yahoo.com

 

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