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East Midlands Field Trips
(Derbyshire) Sunday 13 May
Meet at 10.00am under the Edge at GR SK200 730, a large layby where it should be possible to park a number of cars. Coming from Great Longstone, take
left hand bend. Continue along this until it turns right and goes over a cattle grid, the layby is less than a quarter of a mile from here. Parking is free but there are no toilet facilities.
trip is ideal for those of limited mobility as it only
requires a short walk to see our hoped for species: Wall Brown, Common
Blue, Green Hairstreak and other spring butterflies
Contact : John
& Sylvia Green 07760136369
disappointment of the last two trips to the
to join us at this large designated Forest Nature Reserve for a branch field trip.
plan is to change the target species to the
Pearl-bordered Fritillary, hence the earlier date, we
will also be visiting a different area of the forest,
the Pipeline, which as far as I know will be
the first time on an
restricted parking at the car park nearest the Pipeline
we will meet at 11 am at the Hawkbatch car park (GR SO
762776 sheet138) to the north of the B4194 approximately
2 miles north west
of Bewdley, we will then share cars for the drive to the site, so please ensure that everything you need is readily available to be transferred into another vehicle.
walk to the pipeline is quite short, once there the area
is open and can be steep in places, so drinks, sun
protection and stout footwear is recommended. As we are
I suggest lunch is taken with us, we can decide on the day our lunch arrangements.
plus Dingy Skippers, and depending on how the season is progressing there is the possibility of an early Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (seen last year but in a different part of the forest).
have not yet got a cunning plan to ensure we have good
weather, so if in doubt, please contact me.
Adams 07968 484331
10.00am at the bridge on
- hopefully Grizzled Skipper.
Wear stout walking boots or shoes as the ground is rough. No toilets or facilities so bring your own drink or snack.
is about 6 km and takes approx 2 hours.
Craig 01949 838899
10.00am at the Chilterns
Gateway Visitor Centre (National Trust) on
Dunstable Downs (grid ref TL 007199; postcode LU6 2GY). (Car parking
charge £2.00; free for National Trust members)
Take the B489 west out of Dunstable, and turn left at the roundabout onto the B4541. The visitor centre car park is on the right after about a mile. Meet outside the entrance to the visitor centre.
Toilets and refreshments available.
site is a steep chalk escarpment forming part of the
Target Species: Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Duke of
We will return to the visitor centre for lunch, before driving to Totternhoe Knolls, a local wildlife trust reserve nearby. This is a good site for Small Blue.
Contact Max Maughan, 01332 511825, 07963 830955
The Stockley Lane car park at 11:30am. The Grid
reference is: SK 46730 66361. post Code: S44 5GA.
29 M1 take the A617 to
anyone be coming from the Mansfield Direction then take A617 to
Dingy Skipper and other countryside Butterflies.
Meet at 11am in the Car Park, Grid Ref: SK 457068
Bagworth Heath Woods Country Park (Leicestershire) Sunday 3 June
Target Species: Dingy Skipper and other Spring butterflies.
Bagworth Heath Woods is located off
This 75 hectare (185 acre)
Leicestershire County Council, Bagworth Heath Woods is made up of woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds. There is a network of grass and surfaced paths through varied habitats.
There is a free car park at Heath Road Bagworth, LE67 1DL but no toilet facilities.
Contact: Eliot Taylor 0116 2871677
Hoe Grange Quarry (Longcliffe, Derbyshire – SK222560) Sunday 17 June
The 2nd Open Day for Derbyshire’s
first Butterfly Reserve
From 11am to 4pm.
Members of Butterfly
Conservation East Midlands, including Ray Walker (Hon
Warden), Derek Brownlee (Hon Assistant Warden) together
with Pat and Ken Orpe will be able to show
this abandoned limestone quarry where already 26 species of butterflies have been recorded including Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District version of the Brown Argus.
It will also be possible to see the work that many volunteers have done to enhance the habitat so as to increase the biodiversity at the site.
Proceed to the crossroads in the centre of Longcliffe
village and park in the adjacent office car park of
Transport will then be available to take visitors to and from the reserve.
Contact: Ken Orpe firstname.lastname@example.org
Fermyn Woods (Northamptonshire) Sunday 8 July
is part of the ancient
White Admiral, Purple and White-letter Hairstreak, and
a range of other woodland and grassland species.
at 9.30 am at grid ref SP 964859 (opposite the airstrip)
on the minor road from Brigstock to Oundle, off the
A6116 Corby to Thrapston road.
(Roadside parking only at the entrance to the bridlepath through the woods.) No facilities here. Move cars for lunch at Fermyn Woods Country Park Visitor Centre (grid ref SP 953849) –
café, toilets and picnic benches. Car parking charge applies. Continue after lunch to explore other areas of the park.
Target species: Marbled White and other summer butterflies.
Maughan 01332 511825, 07963 830955.
10am on the small side road by the side of the café at
Calver cross roads/traffic lights. GR SK 239749.
finishing about 12.30pm. Facilities available nearby in
cafe and pub.
Fritillary, Brown Argus and other summer butterflies
Contact: John and Al Roberts 01142 306487, 07752 675363
(LRWT) Nature Reserve (Leicestershire)
Tuesday 17th July
Meet: 14.00pm in
the lay-by opposite the reserve.
SK417214 Cloud Wood lies in the N.W. of
Leicestershire, 1.5km S.E. of Breedon-on-the-Hill on the
road between Tonge and Griffydam. It is part of the site
of an ancient
woodland that was originally coppiced in the traditional way. Parts of the wood are still coppiced by the Wildlife Trust in rotation, and other areas are left to grow naturally.
There is a diverse range of flora and fauna present. Nearest toilets and facilities (lovely cafe) are in Breedon village at the antique and craft centre.
Target Species: Silver-washed
Fritillary and White-letter Hairstreak.
Jeffery 07803 599247
Meet at the
Natural England car park (grid ref SU 731966) on the
north side of the M40 motorway at 9.30am.
Access is signposted from the A40 which can be joined from either Junction 5 or 6 of the M40.
Target species are
Skipper, Chalkhill Blue and Brown Argus. Plants include
Bring a packed
lunch, and stout shoes are recommended as there are
several steep slopes. There are
no facilities at either of the sites visited
There are no facilities at either of the sites visited today.
In the afternoon,
if time permits, we will visit the nearby reserve of
Whitecross Green Wood for Brown Hairstreak.
Contact: Max Maughan 01332 511825