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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, 1st December 2018
Boltby Reservoir Work Party
Boltby Reservoir
From: 10:00
Grid reference:SE496884 reached via a forestry track the entrance to which is at SE502871

Event Contact: Alistair Taylor 01423 330330 or by email: Alistair Taylor

Access is from the car park to the north of Sneck Yate Bank (NE of Boltby Village), via forest roads/tracks which are passable by conventional vehicle to within a short distance of the reservoir

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.

Gloves and tools will be provided.
Please confirm your attendance with Alistair who will issue further instructions as necessary.

Boltby Reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water, and is located in the western region of the North York Moors on Boltby Moor, due north of Boltby Village and immediately west of the Cleveland Way.The site is surrounded by Forestry Commission (FC) plantation woodland.The reservoir itself is now ‘redundant’. Its margins are generally open but beginning to be overgrown by seedling larch encroachment from the neighbouring plantations. Some monitoring of butterflies has taken place with Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Orange Tip and other commoner species recorded. Small Copper and Wall Brown have also been recorded in the immediate vicinity.

Permission has been given by Yorkshire Water to allow ‘volunteers’ to clear larch seedlings, initially from open slopes adjacent to the western margin of the reservoir. Larch seedlings apart, the existing vegetation is primarily species rich grassland.

Landform.  The majority of the area to be cleared does not have extreme terrain however some parts are steeper and these tend to be close to the water margins/level.
An Ink Drawing


 

Sunday, 2nd Dececmber 2018
Fordon Chalk Banks Work Party
Fordon Chalk Banks
From: 09:00 to 13:00
Grid reference:TA055772

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

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.
Gloves and tools will be provided.

The work entails general scrub clearance.

 

 

Sunday, 9th Dececmber 2018
Fordon Chalk Banks Work Party
Fordon Chalk Banks
From: 09:00 to 13:00
Grid reference:TA055772

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

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.
Gloves and tools will be provided.

The work entails general scrub clearance.

 

 

Saturday, 15th December 2018
Boltby Reservoir Work Party
Boltby Reservoir
From: 10:00
Grid reference:SE496884 reached via a forestry track the entrance to which is at SE502871

Event Contact: Alistair Taylor 01423 330330 or by email: Alistair Taylor

Access is from the car park to the north of Sneck Yate Bank (NE of Boltby Village), via forest roads/tracks which are passable by conventional vehicle to within a short distance of the reservoir

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.

Gloves and tools will be provided.
Please confirm your attendance with Alistair who will issue further instructions as necessary.

Boltby Reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water, and is located in the western region of the North York Moors on Boltby Moor, due north of Boltby Village and immediately west of the Cleveland Way.The site is surrounded by Forestry Commission (FC) plantation woodland.The reservoir itself is now ‘redundant’. Its margins are generally open but beginning to be overgrown by seedling larch encroachment from the neighbouring plantations. Some monitoring of butterflies has taken place with Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Orange Tip and other commoner species recorded. Small Copper and Wall Brown have also been recorded in the immediate vicinity.

Permission has been given by Yorkshire Water to allow ‘volunteers’ to clear larch seedlings, initially from open slopes adjacent to the western margin of the reservoir. Larch seedlings apart, the existing vegetation is primarily species rich grassland.

Landform.  The majority of the area to be cleared does not have extreme terrain however some parts are steeper and these tend to be close to the water margins/level.
An Ink Drawing


 

Sunday, 16th Dececmber 2018
Fordon Chalk Banks Work Party
Fordon Chalk Banks
From: 09:00 to 13:00
Grid reference:TA055772

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

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.
Gloves and tools will be provided.

The work entails general scrub clearance.

 

 

 

Saturday, 5th January 2019
World's End Work Party
World's End, Strensall Common
From: 10:00
Grid reference:SE663597 Nearest Postcode YO32 9TW

Event Contact: Alistair Taylor 01423 330330 or by email: Alistair Taylor

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.

Access is off the A64 just past/adjacent to The Original Factory Shop and shed showroom.
Follow the track immediately past some bungalows, then to the right through the Forestry Commission barrier, which will be open. The entrance will be signed.
Once beyond the barrier there is a forestry track that can be used by most vehicles with care.
Follow the track for approximately 1 mile before parking at SE6630659760.
After parking continue along the track (approximately 170m) on foot to the gate which gives access to World’s End.

Gloves and tools will be provided.
This is a joint event with the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the party will be working to clear scrub and seedling birch.
Please confirm your attendance with Alistair who will issue further instructions as necessary.

 

Friday, 19th January 2019
World's End Work Party
World's End, Strensall Common
From: 10:00
Grid reference:SE663597 Nearest Postcode YO32 9TW

Event Contact: Alistair Taylor 01423 330330 or by email: Alistair Taylor

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.

Access is off the A64 just past/adjacent to The Original Factory Shop and shed showroom.
Follow the track immediately past some bungalows, then to the right through the Forestry Commission barrier, which will be open. The entrance will be signed.
Once beyond the barrier there is a forestry track that can be used by most vehicles with care.
Follow the track for approximately 1 mile before parking at SE6630659760.
After parking continue along the track (approximately 170m) on foot to the gate which gives access to World’s End.

Gloves and tools will be provided.
This is a joint event with the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the party will be working to clear scrub and seedling birch.
Please confirm your attendance with Alistair who will issue further instructions as necessary.

 

Saturday, 2nd February 2019
World's End Work Party
World's End, Strensall Common
From: 10:00
Grid reference:SE663597 Nearest Postcode YO32 9TW

Event Contact: Alistair Taylor 01423 330330 or by email: Alistair Taylor

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.

Access is off the A64 just past/adjacent to The Original Factory Shop and shed showroom.
Follow the track immediately past some bungalows, then to the right through the Forestry Commission barrier, which will be open. The entrance will be signed.
Once beyond the barrier there is a forestry track that can be used by most vehicles with care.
Follow the track for approximately 1 mile before parking at SE6630659760.
After parking continue along the track (approximately 170m) on foot to the gate which gives access to World’s End.

Gloves and tools will be provided.
This is a joint event with the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the party will be working to clear scrub and seedling birch.
Please confirm your attendance with Alistair who will issue further instructions as necessary.

 

Friday, 15th February 2019
World's End Work Party
World's End, Strensall Common
From: 10:00
Grid reference:SE663597 Nearest Postcode YO32 9TW

Event Contact: Alistair Taylor 01423 330330 or by email: Alistair Taylor

Please wear robust clothes and stout boots.
Bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
There are no facilities at this site.

Access is off the A64 just past/adjacent to The Original Factory Shop and shed showroom.
Follow the track immediately past some bungalows, then to the right through the Forestry Commission barrier, which will be open. The entrance will be signed.
Once beyond the barrier there is a forestry track that can be used by most vehicles with care.
Follow the track for approximately 1 mile before parking at SE6630659760.
After parking continue along the track (approximately 170m) on foot to the gate which gives access to World’s End.

Gloves and tools will be provided.
This is a joint event with the Freshwater Habitats Trust and the party will be working to clear scrub and seedling birch.
Please confirm your attendance with Alistair who will issue further instructions as necessary.

 

Saturday, 23rd 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
Wenthillside Open Day
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: 13:00
Grid reference:SE4718

Event Contact: Les Driffield on 07762 943379 or by email: Les Driffield email

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, 154 species of plants and flowers, 19 species of fungi and 27 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
Guest Speaker: Dr Peter Mayhew

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

THE 2019 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.
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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