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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.



Friday, 5th July 2019
Shipley Station Marbled White Walk
Shipley Station
From: 14:00
Grid reference:SE150375

Event Contact: Susan Stead on 01274 774912

Meet near the butterfly meadow.


Friday, 5th July (evening) and 6th July 2019
Three Hagges Wood Bioblitz organised by the Woodmeadow Trust
Three Hagges Wood Meadow, York Road, Escrick, York YO19 6EE
From: 17:00 to 22:30 on Friday, 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturday
Grid reference:SE628394

Event Contact: Emma Daniels Emma Daniels

Three Hagges Wood Bioblitz Information - more details on this link

How to get there - more details on this link

Bioblitz and programme of walks and talks. Moth trapping on Friday. See programme for further details as per link above.

How many living species can you find on a 25-acre site that only 6 years ago was a barley field?  Flowers, birds, bugs, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, snails, spiders and more - everything that moves or grows.  Join our team of experienced naturalists, ecologists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many species of bugs, plants, birds and beasties in Three Hagges Woodmeadow as we can before the clock runs out.

Visit stalls from Yorkshire Bat and Small Mammal Group, Yorkshire Wildlife Group, Yorkshire Amphibian and Reptile Group, Natural England, Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire and St Nicks. 


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.


Sunay, 7th July 2019
RES Insect Festival in the Museum Gardens York
Museum Gardens York, YO1 7FR
From: 10:00 to 16:00
Grid reference:SE599521

Event Contact: Jax Westmoreland 01723 341193 or by email Jax Westmoreland

 A celebration for anyone with a fascination for insects - from exhibitors and traders to wildlife groups and the general public.

The Sunday event will take place at the York Museum Gardens, with exhibits and a range of other stands and activities being held in the beautiful 14th century Hospitium and surrounding grounds.

Live insect displays, demonstrations, award-winning photographic displays, national and regional natural history societies, book sellers, entomologist's equipment, face painting, build your own minibeast, bug hunts, competitions.....
......and much , much more!!

Entry: £1 per adult, FREE for under 16s.


Saturday 3rd August 2019
Shipley Glen Purple Hairstreak Walk
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre
From: 11:00
Grid reference:SE131390

Event Contact: Susan Stead on 01274 774912

Park at Roberts Park, Saltaire SE139380 and walk up to Bracken Hall approximately 10-15 minutes away.


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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