Branch Events 2013
Grizzled Skipper Practical Conservation Tasks
Sunday 8th December
Newark to Bottesford Disused railway
We will be meeting at 10am at the southern end of Cotham village, grid reference SK796473 (see plan, the red star indicates the meeting location and the shaded red area shows the work area). We will work until approximately 3pm to 3.30pm.
Come along and join a group of like-minded people who are enthusiastic about the conservation of the Grizzled Skipper butterfly - a nationally important species which occurs at a small 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.
The aim of the task will be to continue our work to open up areas of scrub that have developed along this disused railway line with the aim of returning these areas to species rich open habitats that will help to support an array of butterflies and other invertebrates, this 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
What to bring:
• 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)
We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits. We will also provide a range of tools, but if you could bring along some loppers, bow saws, rakes, pitch forks and mattocks that would be really helpful.
For more information please contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group on 0115 969 6519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.