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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.

Sunday 16th February 2020
Yatts Farm Conservation Work Party
Cancelled due to inclement weather

 

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Yatts Farm Conservation Work Party

Yatts Farm near Pickering

From 10am to 3pm

Grid Reference : SE811884 nearest postcode is the village at YO18 8JW

Event Contact: Nick Hall 07599 455245 or by email: Nick Hall

Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire  assists in the management of this important privately owned site.24 species were recorded here in 2019 and the reappearance of the Duke of Burgundy makes this season's habitat managment even more important. The site also hosted some of the highest counts of Dark Green Fritillary with more than 100 observed last year along with Silver-washed Fritillary which has reappeared after a long absence. We will be carrying our scrub clearance to help to improve the habitat for the Duke of Burgundy.                       

Directions:
 From Pickering proceed past the railway station and continue along Undercliffe for 0.7miles. Cross the level crossing and continue along Yatts Road. After 2 miles, Yatts Farm is on the left. To prevent inconconvenience for local residents and traffic, please park on the east road grass verge. We will meet here before proceeding along the public footpath through the farmyard and south west into the valley ensuring that the farm gates are closed behind us.


Please let Nick know if you plan to attend. If the weather is unsuitable we will contact you before 9am.
Be aware the slope is steep.
Wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Gloves and tools will be provided.
Bring a packed lunch and drinks.
There are no facilities at this site.

 

Sunday 1st March 2020

Yatts Farm Conservation Work Party

Yatts Farm near Pickering

From 10am to 3pm

Grid Reference : SE811884 nearest postcode is the village at YO18 8JW

Event Contact: Nick Hall 07599 455245 or by email: Nick Hall

Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire  assists in the management of this important privately owned site.24 species were recorded here in 2019 and the reappearance of the Duke of Burgundy makes this season's habitat managment even more important. The site also hosted some of the highest counts of Dark Green Fritillary with more than 100 observed last year along with Silver-washed Fritillary which has reappeared after a long absence. We will be carrying our scrub clearance to help to improve the habitat for the Duke of Burgundy.                       

Directions:
 From Pickering proceed past the railway station and continue along Undercliffe for 0.7miles. Cross the level crossing and continue along Yatts Road. After 2 miles, Yatts Farm is on the left. To prevent inconconvenience for local residents and traffic, please park on the east road grass verge. We will meet here before proceeding along the public footpath through the farmyard and south west into the valley ensuring that the farm gates are closed behind us.

Please let Nick know if you plan to attend. If the weather is unsuitable we will contact you before 9am.
Be aware the slope is steep.
Wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Gloves and tools will be provided.
Bring a packed lunch and drinks.
There are no facilities at this site.

 

Saturday 28th March 2020
Hawnby Conservation Work Party
Hawnby near Helmsley
From 10am to 3pm meet at Hawnby Inn
Grid Reference : SE542898 nearest post code YO62 5QS

Event Contact: Nick Hall 07599 455 245 or via email Nick Hall or Robert Parks 07792 976 486  or via email Robert Parks

Site:  We will be carrying out scrub clearance to help improve the habitat on a new site for the Duke of Burgundy butterfly.

Directions:
In Helmsley proceed north towards Rievaulx on the B1257 and after approx 5 miles fork left signed Hawnby. After a further 2 miles proceed over the river bridge and up the steep hill into the village. At the sharp bend turn left, signed Kepwick, and the Inn is immediately on your left, with ample parking  just after the Inn also on the left.

Please let Nick or Robert know if you plan to attend. If the weather is unsuitable we will contact you before 9am.
Be aware the slopes can steep and wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Gloves and tools will be provided.
Bring a packed lunch and drinks.

 

Saturday, 20th June 2020

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.

 

Sunday 25th October 2020
Members' Day and Branch AGM
Wetherby Town Hall
10am for 10:30 start
Grid Reference : SE403481
Event Contact: Les Driffield on 07762 943379 or by email: Les Driffield email

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 by 30th September 2020.

Conservation updates
Guest Speaker
A chance to meet fellow enthusiasts and recorders. 
Raffle
Plant Stall
Photo Competition



THE 2020 PHOTOGRAPHIC 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.

There will be separate categories for butterflies and moths.
The judges’ decisions are final.

Prizes for the best butterfly and moth pictures 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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