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Please note - dogs are not allowed on field trips.
Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Most walks follow rough tracks and require strong footwear.
Be prepared for all weathers. Sun protection is advised.

Non-members are welcome to attend field events.

Saturday, 23rd March 2019
Pathways to Butterfly Conservation in North West England
Conference at Lancaster University hosted by the University of Lancaster and Butterfly Conservation - attendance is free
From: 09:00 to 17:00
Entry and onsite parking is free, but you must register by emailing chriswinnick@tiscali.co.uk. The programme is varied and includes presentations by up to 10 Lancaster and Cumbria University students, who will report on their recent research.

Event Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

BC's Cumbria and Lancashire Branches, in conjunction with Lancashire University, invite you to a FREE one day Conference entitled 'Pathways to Butterfly and Moth Conservation in North-West England. The day will focus on how members and friends, together with land-owners and managers, can get more involved with the conservation of butterflies and moths. 

We will be based in the main 200-seat lecture theater in the LEC building on the university campus, just 2 miles south of Lancaster city center. Doors open at 09.00 with a start time of 09:20. There will be mid-morning, lunch and after-noon breaks and the day is due to finish by 17:00.





SATURDAY 23rd MARCH 2019 9am-5pm
Organised jointly by Lancaster University and Butterfly Conservation
Attendance is FREE

  • ‘Fifty Years of Butterfly Conservation’ Dr Jim Asher
  • Data Collection and Data Use. Dr Caroline Bulman
  • Data & Habitat Change: A Fritillary case study. Dr David Wainwright.
  • Cumbria Bio-diversity Data Centre: (to be confirmed shortly)              


  • Presentations of Lancaster University Students’ Research Findings:

Alex Blomfield - Pearl-bordered Fritillary;  Lucy Gunson - Scotch Argus
Adam McVeigh- Mountain Ringlet;              Jamal Kabir - Violets & Fritillaries
Justine Patton - Moths and Woodlands;     Abi Percival - Woodland Rides
Rosie Bailey- Northern Brown Argus.         

  • Moth Recording. Steve Benner.


  • Nature Reserves and Conservation Grazing. Bill Grayson.
  • Conservation & opportunities with the National Trust. Craig McCoy.
  • Volunteer Conservation & Myers Allotment. Chris Winnick
  • Duke of Burgundy Conservation in South Lakeland. Martin Wain.

tel. 01539 728254



Pathways to Butterfly Conservation in North West England

A Conference at Lancaster University on Saturday 23rd March 2019
Organised jointly by Lancaster University and Butterfly Conservation


Morning Session






Dr Rosa Menendez


Fifty Years of Butterfly Conservation

Dr Jim Asher


Data Collection and Data Use

Dr Caroline Bulman


Data and Habitat Change A Fritillary Case Study

Dr David Wainwright




10.45-11.05  Break  Tea/coffee/biscuits available for a £1.00 donation to BC





Cumbria Bio-Diversity Data Centre



Student Presentations



Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Alex Blomfield


Scotch Argus

Lucy Gunson


Mountain Ringlet

Adam McVeigh


Violets and Fritillary Distribution

Jamal Kabir


Time for Questions





12.20-13.10  Lunch  Tea/coffee/biscuits available for a £1.00 donation to BC




Afternoon Session


Student Presentations



Moths and Woodlands

Justine Patton


Ride Management

Abi Percival


Northern Brown Argus

Rosie Bailey


Future Projects



Time for Questions



Moth Recording

Steve Benner


Nature Reserves and Conservation Grazing

Bill Grayson


Conservation and Opportunities with the National Trust

Craig McCoy




15.00-15.15  Break  Tea/coffee/biscuits available for a £1.00 donation to BC





Volunteer Conservation and Myers Allotment

Chris Winnick


Duke of Burgundy Conservation in South Lakeland

Martin Wain


Question and Answer Panel      chaired by

Dr Andrew Wilby


Closing Remarks/Evaluation



Saturday 11th, May 2019
Duke of Burgundy and Pearl-bordered Fritillary Day
Hawnby and then on to Appleton Common
From: 09:30 onwards
Grid reference:SE572870

Event Contact: Allan Rodda on 01723 365960 or Jackie Holder on 01723 377392

Strong footwear and waterpoof clothing are advisable for a two mile walk over moderately rough terrain.
Bring a packed lunch and drinks if required.
There are no facilities at this site.

The morning will start at Hawnby then will proceed on to Appleton Common. Views of our two rarest species are expected. Don't forget to bring your camera!


Saturday, 22nd June 2019
Shipley Station Meadow Open Day
Shipley Station
From: 13:00
Grid reference:SE150375

Event Contact: Susan Stead on 01274 774912

This tiny meadow is in the heart of Shipley train station, between platforms 2, 5 and the car park.
It is a short walk from Shipley town centre.

This area of herb-rich grassland remained after the construction of the car park. Protected by fencing and maintained by annual mowing in the autumn, it supports the larval food plants of many characteristic grassland butterflies and moths.

Females of the Common Blue here show the stronger blue colouration that is typical of the species in the northern parts of the UK.

The meadow flora includes sallow, hawthorn, birch, ash, buckthorn, bramble, rosebay willowherb, stinging nettle, bird’s-foot trefoil, cowslip, knapweed and various grasses.

The reserve is owned by Network Rail and managed jointly by Butterfly Conservation, Bradford Urban Wildlife Group and Leeds Groundwork Trust.


Saturday, 6th July (or Sunday 7th July if weather inclement) 2019
Brockadale and Wenthillside
Wenthillside - about 2 miles South of the M62/A1 crossroads and half a mile NW of Wentbridge on Moor lane. Sat nav. postcode for Moor lane Wentbridge WF8 3JN
From: 10:00 at Brockadale then on to Wenthillside pm
Grid reference:Brockadale:SE512173, Wenthillside:SE4718

Event Contact: Paul & Joyce Simmons or Les Driffield on 07762 943379 or by email: Les Driffield email

At Brockadale

The reserve car park is down an unmarked lane (Leys Lane) off New Road, Little Smeaton, about 1 mile west of the village. There are no facilities at this site.

Brockadale is a Nature Reserve of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and lies between the villages of Wentbridge and the Smeatons just to the east of the A1, 10 miles north of Doncaster.
Its name derives from 'broken dale', aptly describing the craggy outcrops of limestone which dominate parts of the reserve. Many of the steep-sided slopes are covered in semi-natural woodland, or meadows which have been long unploughed.
Brockadale became a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve in 1966, but with several extensions is now about 2km long and covers much of the valley between Wentbridge and the Smeatons. Most of this beautiful reserve is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
It has about a dozen species of plants which are rare in this part of the UK, all depending on the Magnesian Limestone rock which underlies the reserve. It also has a tiny snail which is found only in a handful of other places in the UK, and has a spider and a moth which are found nowhere else in Yorkshire.


At Wenthillside

Off road parking on grass is available and there are several log seats around the site for either picnicking or just observing.

The majority bought in 2013 and the lower field in 2017, mostly down to rough un-farmed grass with several small areas of trees and scrub, the lower 3.3 acre field bare agricultural destined to be a wildflower meadow. A SW facing magnesium limestone hillside with a large and varied wildlife content. To date 23 different species of butterfly, 19 regularly, including a large colony of Marbled White and several Purple Hairstreak and Essex Skipper. 44 species of moth, 166 species of plants and flowers, 44 species of fungi and 34 species of grasses/sedges long with 22 species of trees and bushes with much more to be discovered and documented. 

All the boundaries are being gradually hedged with a variety of trees and bushes to further encourage biodiversity and to give some protection from our Westerly winds. Several access paths have been made but many areas are steep and uneven with occasional rabbit holes and areas of nettle/thistle and blackberry. 

From the hilltop there are long distant views both West to the Pennines and East to the many wind turbines in the Humber area.


Sunday, 27th October 2019
Members' Day and AGM
Wetherby Town Hall
10am for 10:30am
Grid reference: SE403481

Event Contact: Jax Westmoreland 01723 341193 or jax.westmoreland@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

There is ample free parking around the venue within 5 minutes walk see Cluster of Nuts off Walton Road, Wilderness down by the river and Crossley St on the Town Map. There are a limited number of spaces at the town hall including parking spaces for the disabled. You are advised not to park in Morrison's car park as this is time limited to 2 hours.

The meeting is to be held on the first floor and there is lift access if needed.
Tea and Coffee will be provided on the day.
Bring a packed lunch or there are a number of venues serving food close by.

The day will begin with the branch AGM
Nominations for committee membership should be made to the chairman Jax Westmoreland (see email address above) by 30th September 2019.

Conservation updates
Branch Speaker: Les Driffield
Guest Speaker: Dr Peter Mayhew

A chance to meet fellow enthusiasts and recorders.
Plant Stall
Photo Competition

Entries can be made on the day.
The fee is £3.00 per person for which up to 5 prints may be entered and displayed
with or without backing and not larger than A4 Including mount.
Content should be butterfly or moth related and the competition will favour images that
have not been significantly manipulated.
Individual prints will be numbered and judged separately.
The judges’ decisions are final.
Prizes will be awarded on the day.
Winners are invited to send their entries, via email, to the Argus editor so
we can include them in the spring newsletter and on the Yorkshire Branch website.




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