Group of people looking for Grizzled Skippers during a Field Trip to Bingham Linear Park

2017 Branch Field Trip Program

The East Midlands Branch 2017 Field Trip Program is now available at East Midlands Butterflies Events


Butterfly Conservation AGM & Members’ Day 2016

National AGM & Members’ Day 5th November 2016

This year the National Butterfly Conservation AGM & Members Day is returning to The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, 5th November. This will be the second time the branch has hosted the National AGM, the previous occasion was in 2012 at the same venue.

The day start with registration and refreshments at 9.30am. Full details were provided in a flyer sent out to all Butterfly Conservation Members. Here are a few highlights:

  • Conserving threatened butterflies in the Wyre Forest; Dr Jenny Joy, Senior Regional Officer for the West Midlands.
  • Milestones in the history of Butterfly Conservation; Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive.
  • 40 years of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme; Dr Tom Brereton, Head of Monitoring.
  • Engaging your people with nature; Apithanny Bourne, East Scotland Branch.
  • Branch Raffle & March Awards
  • What’s in a name? the origins of butterfly names; Peter Marren, author of Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies

Finishing at 5pm.


Grizzled Skipper Practical Conservation Tasks Winter 2016 -17

Grizzled Skipper Practical Conservation Tasks Winter 2016 -17

Grizzled Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Sunday 9th October 2016 – Alverton Disused Railway Line

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 13th November 2016 – Great Central Railway

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 4th December 2016 – Flawborough Footpath

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 22nd January 2017 – Great Central Railway

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 26th February 2017 – Cotham to Kilvington Disused Railway Line

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

The Grizzled Skipper project is supported with funding from Butterfly Conservation East Midlands

Come along and join a group of like-minded people who are enthusiastic about Grizzled Skipper butterfly conservation – a nationally important species which occurs at a number of sites in south Nottinghamshire. Many of the sites where the Grizzled Skipper occurs require regular management to keep them in a suitable condition for the butterfly, so we will be undertaking a series of practical workdays at some key sites, which will involve:

  • Scrub clearance work to maintain open habitats required by the Grizzled Skipper and to help create corridors to link existing open habitats
  • Creation of bare earth patches to increase the availability of suitable egg-laying habitat
Volunteers working on habitat for Grizzled Skippers

Volunteers working along the Great Central Railway in 2015

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Warm clothing and stout footwear
  • Work gloves (gloves will be provided if you don’t have any)
  • Tools (if you have any – bow saws/loppers/spades. Tools will be provided, along with instruction on their use)

For more information please contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group on 0115 993 2588 or email

Cancelation of Weekend Away to Isle of Wight

The East Midlands Branch regrets that due to a sudden family bereavement, Richard Penson is unable to lead this trip. Consequently we have decided to cancel this years weekend away.

Please check our other events listings as we still have a packed program of field trips for the rest of the summer.

Grizzled Skipper Training Course

Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Group (NottsBAG) are offering a FREE training course to help volunteers with identification and surveying for Grizzled Skippers.

Working with our partners, Butterfly Conservation and Sustrans, I am pleased to inform you that we have arranged to run a FREE training event on Saturday 7th May at Balderton, near Newark.  The attached poster provides a few more details.

Grizzled Skipper Training Day Details

Grizzled Skipper Training Day Poster

The event will be a chance for you to learn more about the ecology of this important butterfly species and to understand survey techniques to identify Grizzled Skipper on the wing and to recognise where to look to find Grizzled Skipper egg laying sites.
After being on the course it is hoped that the skills you gain will enable you to get involved in survey work in May and June.
If you are interested in booking a place then please feel free to contact me.  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Chris Jackson

Ron Overton

It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death of Ron Overton after a very short illness. Ron and Barbara Overton have been members of Butterfly Conservation since the 1980’s. Ron has sent in his records every year since joining. Although I have only known Ron for a few years we enjoyed trying to see who could find the rarest, first of the year or most butterflies. He had already seen two this year! He will be greatly missed. The funeral is on Thursday 17th March at 10am at Sherwood Crematorium, Ollerton. With deepest sympathy to Barbara (and Cassie the dog).
Jane Broomhead.