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Friday 25th April
New Members Day at Martlesham Common
An indoor training
session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an
Meet: Enrol in advance with
Map Ref: TM249461
Time: 10:30 am
Contact: Sharon Hearle 01638 731648
Wednesday 14th May
Dingy Skipper Week at King’s
Assemble at access track to
John O'Groats cottages, on west side of B1106.
First count at King's Archery Site. Please enquire
in advance to notify availability and whether you can
assist with other locations. Surveys continue
until 23rd May.
Map Ref: TL826738
Leader: Bill Stone 07906 888603
Saturday 24th May
- A moth trapping session at Lackford Lakes
Meet: The reserve car park at
9.00pm. Bring a torch
Map Ref: TL800705
Time: 9pm - late
Leader: Tony Prichard 01473 270047
Sat 31st May
Butterflies of the Shotley
A walk around the
Shotley/ Harkstead/ Stutton area to look for
butterflies. Long walk possible.
Arms, bottom of Bristol Hill, Shotley
Leader: Bill Stone 07906
Sunday 8th June
Three different Forestry Commission woods
for Wood Whites and other species (possibly Chimney
Meet: Meet at Hazelborough North
where there is plenty of parking directly off the A43 at
Silverstone and then go Hazelborough South or Bucknell
Map ref: SP659431
Leader: Sharon Hearle 01638 731648
Fri 20th Jun - Sun 22nd Jun
Butterfly and Moth Photography
This absorbing weekend course
will show you how to get the best from your own digital
stills camera and/or camcorder when photographing or
filming butterflies and moths
Run for The Field
Studies Council at Flatford Mill by Piers Warren and
Mike Linley who are professional wildlife film-makers
and photographers from the company
See the FSC website for details and costs
Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation has no
responsibility for this course
Wednesday 25th June
Survey at RSPB Minsmere
Annual survey for
Meet: Park on the verge
opposite the gates to the Sawmills site.
Map Ref: TM450692
Time: 10:00am (bring a packed lunch)
Rob Parker 01284 705476
21st – 28th June
Butterfly watching week in
Greece led by Julian Dowding & local botanist, hosted by
Greenwings Wildlife Holidays. 97 Species seen in
2013. 10% of profits donated to BC.
436096 or visit www.greenwings.co
Friday 27th June
National Insect Week – Moth
with Ipswich Borough Council Wildlife Rangers at
Moth trapping & possibility to look for Glow worms
Meet: Pipers Vale car park (Orwell Country
Map ref: TM178419
Time: 20:30 - late
Contact: IBC Wildlife Rangers 01473 433994
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th
Weekend in Sussex
A two day tour hosted
by Paul Johnson; a day of butterflying on the South
Downs and a day further inland on the Weald near
Tunbridge Wells for Purple Emperor & more.
Johnson 0752 8861058 or email@example.com
5th – 12th July
Butterflies of the French Alps*
Butterfly watching week in
France led by Roger Gibbons & Julian Dowding, hosted by
Greenwings Wildlife Holidays. 10% of profits
donated to BC.
Tel: 01473 436096 or visit
Sunday 13th July
Silver-studded Blues in Norfolk
The Silver-studded Blue
season began early this year, and there is a possibility
that there may not be many still on the wing on Sunday
13th July for the field trip to Kelling Heath. There
will be other species, such as Grayling, plus birds and
many specialised plants of interest.
joint meeting with the Norfolk Branch to look for
Silver-studded Blues at Kelling Heath.
Meet: Meet in
the public car park on the Holt to Weybourne Road on the west side, north of
Emcy’s Garden Centre. Please bring a packed lunch. If
the weather forecast is bad please phone the night
before to check whether the trip is going ahead.
Wagstaff 01263 711213
Tuesday 15th July
Butterfly walk, species to
include White Admiral and early Grayling. Bring
Meet: Meet in Kenton Hills Car Park
Ref: TM 453639
Maddison 01473 736607
16th – 23rd July
A week in
Butterfly watching holiday in
France, led Tristan
Lafranchis, hosted by Greenwings Wildlife Holidays.
10% of profits donated to BC.
Tel: 01473 436096 or
Sunday 20th July
Gardening for butterflies at
Urgent - can you help
with this event? No expertise required.
This is a Big Butterfly Count
Event and Bill Stone needs help to look after the stand
while he leads butterfly walks
Bill Stone if you can help
event with RSPB. There will be information & advice
about gardening for butterflies and other wildlife.
Meet: Flatford Mill RSPB wildlife garden
Time: 11:00am – 16:00
Stone 07906 888603
Sunday 27th July
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: Meet & park at Prior's Oak, Leiston Road,
Aldeburgh (B1122 Leiston to Aldeburgh Road)
Time: 10:30am start
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607
Tuesday 29th July
Surveying and Recording Suffolk
A biological recording event
organised by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and hosted by
SWT at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. Recorders
will be on hand to help you identify a wide range of
wildlife species; butterflies, dragonflies, birds,
coastal plants, freshwater invertebrates etc.
Time: 09:30am – 16:00
essential: Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089
Wednesday 30th July
New Members Day at Holywells
training session in the morning at St Lukes Church Hall,
Cliff Lane, Ipswich IP3 0PJ. A practical butterfly
watching session will follow in the afternoon. A
family wildlife themed event will be running at the same
time in the Park, organised by Ipswich Borough Council.
Meet: Enrol in advance with Rob Parker
TM174432 - parking available in adjacent streets (none
Time: 10:30 am start
Parker 01284 705476
Sunday 3rd August
Summer on Purdis Heath
A walk around the heath for
Grayling and other summer butterflies & moths.
Ref: TM 213425
Contact: Sharon Hearle
Sunday 10th August
- Four places still available
Suffolk Wildlife Trust wildlearning course at
reserve. See SWT website for details & enrolment.
Cost £21.50 for BC members
Map Ref: TL800708
Time: 10am – 3pm
Saturday 16th August
A walk in the Orford area to
look for Walls. Please phone for more details.
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607
Saturday 23rd August
Late Summer Butterflies at Alton
A walk around the north part of
water for butterflies and dragonflies. Long walk
Meet: Lemons Hill Bridge Car Park (South)
Map Ref: TM
Leader: Bill Stone 07906
Saturday 27th September
A.G.M & members evening
Venue: Bucklesham Village Hall in Levington Lane
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm
will be followed by light refreshments and members'
slides. Any further details will appear here and
will be announced in the 'Suffolk Argus'.
Butterfly Conservation National
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.
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
• 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.
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.
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