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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 June 2018
Shipley Station Meadow Open Day
Shipley Station
From: 13:00
Grid reference:SE150375

Event Contact: Susan Stead on 01274 774912

Meet at the site.
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.Even this small urban habitat is being colonised by new species, such as Ringlet and Speckled Wood, which are extending their ranges northwards. Recently, Marbled White have been observed in the area.

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 is a fenced-off area of herb-rich grassland remaining after construction of the car park, supporting the larval food plants of many of the commoner species of butterflies and moths. In urban areas, moths and butterflies often depend on such sites for breeding.Species include sallow, hawthorn, birch, ash, buckthorn, bramble, rosebay willowherb, stinging nettle, bird's-foot trefoil, cowslip, knapweed and various grasses.


 

Saturday, 6th July 2018
Shipley Station Marbled White Walk
Shipley Station
From: 14:00
Grid reference:SE150375

Event Contact: Susan Stead on 01274 774912

Meet at the site.
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.Even this small urban habitat is being colonised by new species, such as Ringlet and Speckled Wood, which are extending their ranges northwards. Recently, Marbled White have been observed in the area.

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 is a fenced-off area of herb-rich grassland remaining after construction of the car park, supporting the larval food plants of many of the commoner species of butterflies and moths. In urban areas, moths and butterflies often depend on such sites for breeding.Species include sallow, hawthorn, birch, ash, buckthorn, bramble, rosebay willowherb, stinging nettle, bird's-foot trefoil, cowslip, knapweed and various grasses.


 

Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd July 2018
Wenthillside Open Day and Big Butterfly Count Weekend
Meet at the off road parking area from the event will run from 10am - 12pm and 1pm-4pm.
Grid reference: SE4718

Event Contact: Les Driffield on 07762 943379

The site is located approximately 2 miles south of the M62/A1 crossroads, 0.5miles north west of Wentbridge on Moor Lane.

Wear stout shoes. While some access paths exist, many areas are steep and uneven with occasional rabbit holes.
There are no facilities on site. There are however a number of log seats distributed throughout the site which can be used for picnicking or observation.

Wenthillside is an eleven acre conservation site in West Yorkshire. It is mostly rough, unfarmed grassland with several small areas of trees and scrub. the lower field is destined to be a 3.3 acre wildflower meadow. The south west facing magnesian limestone hillside plays host to a wide variety of species including Marbled White, Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet, Large and Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Dingy and essex Skipper, Orange-tip and Brimstone. A variety of moth species have also been recorded. The site has a good bird population and has recently been replanted with more than 400 hedging plants and trees.



Saturday, 4th August 2018 (or Sunday 5th August if weather inclement)
Brockadale Nature Reserve
YWT Nature Reserve
Meet in the car park at 10am.
Grid reference:

Event Contact: Paul and Joyce Simmons

From A1 take Wentbridge and Kirk Smeaton turn. Drive east to Kirk Smeaton, go through the village to Little Smeaton and head north west up New Road. Once out of the village turn left down Leys Lane to the car park at the end.

Meet in the car park. Wear stout shoes. Bring a packed lunch if needed.
Please note that there are no facilities at this site.

Brockadale is located in the valley of the River Went as it flows through a craggy, steep-sided gorge formed after the last ice-age when glacial melt-water burst through the magnesian limestone rock. Around 350 species of plants grow on the nature reserve. Early flowers such as cowslip, common dog-violet and spring cinquefoil, well suited to the limestone soil, can be seen in spring. Native plants such as rock-rose follow, as well as orchids, salad burnet, yellow-wort, betony, field scabious and, in August, a profusion of clustered bellflower. Butterflies abound in the meadows, with the spectacular Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary are unmissable in July. Day-flying moths like Six-spot Burnet and Chimney Sweeper are common, with close to 300 species of moths having been identified on site.


 

Saturday, 4th August 2018 (or Sunday 5th August if weather inclement)
Wenthillside
Private Land - Members of Butterfly Conservation may visit by prior arrangement and on organised field excursions.
Meet at the off road parking area from 1pm.
Grid reference: SE4718

Event Contact: Les Driffield on 07762 943379

Why not continue your visit to this area by following your Brockadale visit with a trip to Wenthillside.
The site is located approximately 2 miles south of the M62/A1 crossroads, 0.5miles north west of Wentbridge on Moor Lane.

Wear stout shoes. While some access paths exist, many areas are steep and uneven with occasional rabbit holes.
There are no facilities on site. There are however a number of log seats distributed throughout the site which can be used for picnicking or observation.

Wenthillside is an eleven acre conservation site in West Yorkshire. It is mostly rough, unfarmed grassland with several small areas of trees and scrub. the lower field is destined to be a 3.3 acre wildflower meadow. The south west facing magnesian limestone hillside plays host to a wide variety of species including Marbled White, Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet, Large and Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Dingy and essex Skipper, Orange-tip and Brimstone. A variety of moth species have also been recorded. The site has a good bird population and has recently been replanted with more than 400 hedging plants and trees.


 

Sunday, 28th October 2018
Members' Day and AGM
Wetherby Town Hall
 
Grid reference: SE403481

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

Guest Speaker
Raffle
Photographic Competition

There is ample free parking around the venue within 5 minutes walk. Town Map
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.

 


 
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