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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, 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, 29th June 2019 (or Sunday 30th if weather inclement)
Northern Brown Argus of Wharfedale
Conistone Triangle
From: 13:00
Grid reference:SD 98214 67466

Event Contact: Rolf Farrell on 07748 624749

Car pa\rking can be tricky - the bridge over the Wharfe has space to park but otherwise it is a case of finding somewhere suitable and not antisocial to park. Alternatively, if feeling energetic Conistone is a three mile walk from Grassington where there is ample parking.

There are no facilities at this site though there is a cafe across the river in Kilnsey.

Strong footwear and waterpoof clothing are advisable for a two mile walk over moderately rough terrain (half of which is uphill!). The walk is mostly over open access moorland.

Bring a packed lunch and drinks if required.

This walk is to one of the most southerly locations in the UK of the Northern Brown Argus; hopefully significant numbers will be seen along with good numbers of Dark Green Fritillaries.


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.


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.


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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