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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2015

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

Tuesday 31st March
A Suffolk Wildlife Trust Event
Evening talk with Valley Fens Wildlife Group.

Illustrated talk by Robert Maidstone.
All welcome to join us for this interesting talk, no need to book.  2 admission/donation
Time:  7:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue:  Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Low Common Road, South Lopham ,Diss, Suffolk ,IP22 2HX

See The SWT Events Page

Thursday 23rd April
A Suffolk Wildlife Trust Event
Butterflies - An illustrated talk by Suffolk Butterfly Recorder Bill Stone with Shotley Peninsula Wildlife Group

All welcome.  No need to book.  3 admission/donation.
Venue:  Tattingstone Village Hall
Map ref:  TM136372
Time:  7.30pm to 10.00pm
Contact:  Shotley Peninsula Wildlife Group 01473 463272

Sat 25th April
New Members and Novice Recorders Day
An indoors training session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an excellent site.  Bring a packed lunch.
Map Ref:  (Barnham Village Hall - indoors session) TL869790
Map Ref:  (Barnhamcross Common car park - outdoors session) TL865816
Time:  10:00am start
Contact:  Enrol in advance - Rob Parker 01284 705476

Saturday 2nd May
Transect Training Session at Bury St Edmunds
An indoor presentation for novice & potential transect walkers, followed by field work on the Spring Lane Transect.
Assemble in the Conference Room of the Bury St Edmunds Library.
Map ref:  TL853645
Time:  10:00am start until 14:00pm approximately.
Contact: Rob Parker 01284 705476 for more details.
Register:  As soon as possible, as the event will not run if no demand.

Monday 4th May
Spring Wood Celebration Day
Guided walks, woodland crafts, family activities, demonstrations, music, food and much more at Kiln Meadow.
Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation will be there with a stand and butterfly walks.
Time:11:00 am to 16:00 pm
Where: Kiln Meadow, off Marbled White Drive, Ipswich (Grid Ref 52.031657, 1.122744 (map)
Parking at Bourne Park off Stoke Park Drive with free minibus to the event on Kiln Meadow.
More information from 01473 433995 or 07736 826076 on the day and at Ipswich Wildlife Group on Facebook.

If you would like to help SBBC with this event please email Helen Saunders

Wednesday 13th May and Wednesday 20th May
Dingy Skipper surveys 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 end of May.
Map Ref:  TL826738
Time:  10:30am
Leader:  Bill Stone 07906 888603

Wednesday 27th May and Thursday 28th May
NT Bioblitz event at Dunwich Heath
To include butterfly walks and moth trapping.
Details:  the best place I have found for details is on the Bristol Natural History Consortium website (click here)
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Sat 30th May – Sat 6th June **
Visit to Tsourmerka National Park in Greece with BC EIG and Greenwings Wildlife Holidays **
A chance to visit a relatively unknown and beautiful part of the Epirus region in western Greece, to join in with valuable butterfly surveying work being done as a partnership between the BC European Interests Group (EIG) and the Greek National Park Authorities.  The holiday is being hosted by Suffolk based Greenwings, who will donate at least 10% of proceeds to BC EIG to help fund future surveys and conservation efforts.
Tel:  01473 436096
Web:  www.greenwings.co

Sunday 7th June
Catfield Fen Open Day for Swallowtails
An invitation by Norfolk Branch to Catfield Fen Open day.  Water levels permitting, there will be guided walks at 11.00am and 2.00pm, as well as boat rides around the dykes if possible.  Wellies and insect repellent recommended.  No dogs.  Suffolk members may also wish to visit How Hill National Nature Reserve afterwards (map ref: TG373190).
Map ref:  TG370212. Parking:  In a field off Fenside (map ref: TG369215). Follow the signs to Fenside from the church in Catfield village.
Further details will be available at the beginning of March
Contact:  Mandy Gluth (Norfolk Branch) 01603 871069

Saturday 13th June
Poker Wood, joint meeting with RSPB Woodbridge Local Group
Morning walk around the woods and meadows for birds and orchids, afternoon walk for butterflies.
Map ref:  TM185608 (parking is off the A1120 but limited, please car share if possible).
Time:  10:00 am for birds and orchids walk, then picnic lunch (bring your own) and 13:00pm for butterfly walk.
Leaders:  Malcolm Key, RSPB Woodbridge Local Group and Bill Stone.
Contact: Bill Stone 07906 888603 to register your interest

Sunday 14th June
Wood White in Silverstone Northamptonshire
11am – 2pm
Contact Sharon Hearle
at shearle@butterfly-conservation.org to book

Saturday 20th June

Photographic event at Bradfield Woods
Participants will be split into groups to explore the wood, take photos and to share the results over a picnic lunch.  
Meet: Outside Education Centre
Map Ref: TL933575
10:30am start to 14:00pm approximately
Contact:  Twm Wade 01638 577446 or

Tuesday 23rd June
Heath Fritillaries at Hockley Wood, Essex
Essex Wildlife Trust woods in the immediate area might be visited also.
For details contact Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Sunday 5th July
Silver-studded Blue Survey at Lower Hollesley Common
11am – 2pm

Contact Sharon Hearle
at shearle@butterfly-conservation.org to book

Thursday 9th July
Landseer Park and Pipers Vale acid grassland, woodland and heathland butterflies
Meet: Landseer car park, Landseer Road
Map Ref: TM17594252
Time: 09:00am
Contact:  Julian Dowding 01473 436096

Saturday 11th July
Heathland butterflies at Red Lodge Heath SSSI in west Suffolk - joint event with SWT
Two tours of the open heath and woodland margins to mark the start of this year’s Big Butterfly Count.  Members of the public are very welcome.
Meet: Off Turnpike Road, B1085, east side
Map Ref: TL697760
Time: Tour 1 at 10:00am. Tour 2 at 13:00pm.
Contact:  Twm Wade 01638 577446 or for more details.

Saturday 11th July
Bonny Wood for Purple Emperor and other woodland butterflies
Please phone to register your interest as spaces are limited.
Meet: Barking Village Hall
Map Ref: TM06725261 
Time: 09:00am
Contact:  Julian Dowding 01473 436096

Sunday 12th July
Forester moth and Grayling at Ramparts Field near West Stow
11am – 1pm
Contact Sharon Hearle
at shearle@butterfly-conservation.org to book

Wednesday 15th – Wednesday 22nd July **
Butterflies of Provence with Tristan Lafranchis and Greenwings Wildlife Holidays
A chance to spend a week in the field (many of them ablaze with glorious lavenders of course!) in the Provence region of France with leading lepidopterist, author and wildlife guide, Tristan Lafranchis.
Hosted by Suffolk based Greenwings, who donate at least 10% of proceeds to BC to help fund valuable conservation efforts. Web: www.greenwings.co Tel: 01473 436096. Email:

Friday 17th July - Sunday 9th August
Big Butterfly Count
Details at http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

Sunday 19th July
Gardening for butterflies at Flatford
A joint event with RSPB at their Flatford Wildlife Garden (adjacent to NT Flatford Mill).  There will be butterfly walks, children's activities as well as information about gardening for butterflies and other wildlife.
Where:  RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden (park in NT car park - 3.50 for the day)
Map Ref:  TM077332
Time:  11:00am – 4:00 pm
Contact:  Susan Sidle 01379 643665

Sunday 26th 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

Sunday 2nd August
Save It! Conservation Event at Stonham Barns
Join Suffolk Branch and other wildlife conservation groups at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary's annual Save It! Conservation Day at Stonham Barns in Stonham Aspal, near Stowmarket.
Time: 10;00am to 16.30pm
For more details visit www.owl-help.org.uk

Tuesday 11th August
Angles Way Wall Brown Survey
Train from Oulton Broad to Beccles then return walk along the Angles Way and River Waveney 9.5mls
Meet:  Oulton Broad South station
Time:  9.00am
Full details contact Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Saturday 22nd 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:  TM136373
Time:  10.30am
Leader: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Saturday 26th September
A.G.M & Members Evening
Venue:  Ixworth Village Hall (off High Street)
Map Ref:  TL93217036
Time:  6.00pm for 6.30pm
Further details will be announced on the branch website and in the summer edition of 'Suffolk Argus'.

Enter our photographic competition - details here

Saturday 14th November

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 2015 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.

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 2015.

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); 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 - 1 April 2015


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