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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2014

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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Friday 25th April
New Members Day at Martlesham Common
An indoor training session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an excellent site.
Meet: Enrol in advance with Sharon Hearle
Map Ref: TM249461
Time: 10:30 am start
Contact: Sharon Hearle 01638 731648

Wednesday 14th May
Dingy Skipper Week at King’s Forest

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
Time: 10:30am
Leader: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Saturday 24th May
Moth Night
- A moth trapping session at Lackford Lakes SWT reserve.
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 Peninsula

A walk around the Shotley/ Harkstead/ Stutton area to look for butterflies. Long walk possible.
Meet: Bristol Arms, bottom of Bristol Hill, Shotley
Map Ref: TM245336
Time: 10:30am
Leader: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Sunday 8th June
Wood Whites

Three different Forestry Commission woods for Wood Whites and other species (possibly Chimney Sweeper moth).
Meet: Meet at Hazelborough North where there is plenty of parking directly off the A43 at Silverstone and then go Hazelborough South or Bucknell from there.
Map ref: SP659431
Time: 11am
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 Wildeye
See the FSC website for details and costs
The Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation has no responsibility for this course

Wednesday 25th June

Silver-studded Blue Survey at RSPB Minsmere
Annual survey for Silver-studded Blue.
Meet: Park on the verge opposite the gates to the Sawmills site.
Map Ref: TM450692
Time: 10:00am (bring a packed lunch)
Contact: Rob Parker 01284 705476

21st – 28th June
Balkan Butterflies*
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.
Tel: 01473 436096 or visit www.greenwings.co

Friday 27th June
National Insect Week – Moth Night
Joint event with Ipswich Borough Council Wildlife Rangers at Orwell Country Park.  Moth trapping & possibility to look for Glow worms

Meet: Pipers Vale car park (Orwell Country Park)
Map ref: TM178419
Time: 20:30 - late
Contact: IBC Wildlife Rangers 01473 433994

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
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.
Contact: Paul Johnson 0752 8861058 or paul.johnson.1603@hotmail.co.uk

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 www.greenwings.co

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.
A 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.
Map ref: TG099418
Time: 11:00am
Contact: John Wagstaff 01263 711213

Tuesday 15th July
Kenton Hills
Butterfly walk, species to include White Admiral and early Grayling.  Bring lunch.
Meet: Meet in Kenton Hills Car Park
Map Ref: TM 453639
Time: 10.30am
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607

16th – 23rd July
A week in Provence*
Butterfly watching holiday in France, led Tristan Lafranchis, hosted by Greenwings Wildlife Holidays.  10% of profits donated to BC.
Tel: 01473 436096 or visit www.greenwings.co

Sunday 20th July
Gardening for butterflies at Flatford Mill

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
Please contact Bill Stone if you can help

A joint event with RSPB.  There will be information & advice about gardening for butterflies and other wildlife.
Meet: Flatford Mill RSPB wildlife garden
Map Ref: TM077332
Time: 11:00am – 16:00
Contact: Bill 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)
Map Ref: TM452591
Time: 10:30am start
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Tuesday 29th July
Surveying and Recording Suffolk Species
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.
Map Ref: TM509920
Time: 09:30am – 16:00
Booking essential: Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089

Wednesday 30th July

New Members Day at Holywells Park
An indoor 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
Map Ref: TM174432 - parking available in adjacent streets (none at church).
Time: 10:30 am start
Contact: Rob Parker 01284 705476

Sunday 3rd August

Summer on Purdis Heath
A walk around the heath for Grayling and other summer butterflies & moths.
Map Ref: TM 213425
Time: 11am
Contact: Sharon Hearle 01638 731648

Sunday 10th August

Butterfly Identification - Four places still available
A Suffolk Wildlife Trust wildlearning course at Lackford Lakes reserve.  See SWT website for details & enrolment. Cost 21.50 for BC members
Map Ref: TL800708
Time: 10am – 3pm

Saturday 16th August

Wall Survey
A walk in the Orford area to look for Walls.  Please phone for more details.
Time: 10:30am
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Saturday 23rd August
Late Summer Butterflies at Alton Water
A walk around the north part of Alton water for butterflies and dragonflies. Long walk possible.
Meet: Lemons Hill Bridge Car Park (South)
Map Ref: TM 136373
Time: 10.30
Leader: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Saturday 27th September
A.G.M & members evening
Venue: Bucklesham Village Hall in Levington Lane
Map Ref: TM24419
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm
The A.G.M. will be followed by light refreshments and members' slides.  Any further details will appear here and will be announced in the 'Suffolk Argus'.


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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


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