UTB Members' Day and AGM 2017

The UTB Member's Day and AGM will be held at the Amersham Community Centre,
Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5AH on Saturday 28th October.

Find the location on Streetmap or Google Maps.

Parking is not allowed in Chiltern Avenue or nearby roads. There are two alternatives: 1) The Chiltern District Council Offices car-park, which is free and open to the public all day on Saturday. The entrance is in the northern arm of King George V Road, on the right behind some shrubs opposite playing fields. It is a two minute level walk to the Centre; cross the road and follow the footpath past the library. 2) The Pay-and-Display car-park in which the Centre is situated (£3.40 for five hours, free for blue badge holders). The entrance is between the zebra crossing and the bus-stop.

09:45Doors Open - Registration and Coffee 
10:30Introduction and WelcomeNick Bowles
10:40Review of Upper Thames Moths in 2017Jan Haseler
11:05Review of Upper Thames Butterflies in 2017Nick Bowles
11:25Progess of the Regional Action PlanSteve Wheatley
11:55Holtspur Bottom Reserve – latest newsTony Gillie
11:55LindengateCharlie Powell
Vote in our annual photographic competition, have a go at the quiz, buy raffle tickets, and view the displays. Richard Lewington will be selling his artwork, and Aurelian Books will have a bookstall.
  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of last AGM and matters arising
  3. Chairman's Report
  4. Treasurer's Report and approval of accounts
  5. Election of Officers
  6. Any Other Business (previously notified)
14:40News about Moths and Moths in the newsMartin Harvey
15:10Butterflies and Moths of OtmoorDavid Wilding
15:45Tea and raffle
16:25Photographic Competition ResultsPete Thompson
 Quiz results and winner 
16:50Round Up of the Day and Closing RemarksNick Bowles


Steve Wheatley is Butterfly Conservation's Senior Regional Officer for the South-East. He is leading the Bradenham Duke of Burgundy project in the Chilterns.
Martin Harvey is an entomologist and biological researcher who can't quite believe how lucky he has been to work in these subjects. He currently gets to play with insects and databases for the UK Biological Records Centre, and also to teach about insects and databases to lots of lovely people who attend his courses for Field Studies Council, BBOWT and Manchester Metropolitan University. His main qualification for speaking to us today is that he is county moth recorder for Berkshire, and used to be a UTB committee member.
David Wilding has been working on Otmoor for 13 years, starting as Warden and progressing to Site Manager. In the past he has worked for many organisations including the Forestry Commission (New Forest), BTCV and the North Cascades National Park Service.
Charlie Powell is horticulturalist and conservation enthusiast, and is a co-founder of Lindengate, a mental health charity that uses gardening anf the outdoor environment to support those with a wide range of mental health needs.
Nick Bowles is Chair of Upper Thames Branch of BC.  He is our Chalk Hill Blue species champion and a voluntary Conservation Officer for Bucks.  Nick is also a regular contributor to British Wildlife magazine.
Jan Haseler is Vice-President and Excursions Secretary of Reading and District Natural History Society, a regular volunteer at BBOWT's Moor Copse Reserve, and a member of the transect teams at Lardon Chase and Aston Upthorpe.
Dr Tony Gillie is a member of the Upper Thames BC committee and has been instrumental in a number of initiatives relating to our Holtspur Bottom reserve, including growing and planting Dark Mullein in the Holtspur area to support the nationally scarce Striped Lychnis moth.


As usual, there will be two parallel competitions, and the winners in each will be selected by popular vote:
  1. Members’ competition – open to members (apart from recent winners of the overall ‘best in show’ prize, who have been individually notified.) You can enter a maximum of ten images across all categories, but in the case of UK Butterflies, it’s now a maximum of just six (so look out your very best!). There will be six categories, as shown below.
    1. UK butterflies
    2. Overseas butterflies
    3. Moths
    4. Immature stages
    5. Newer Entrants (see Hairstreak No. 100 for full details)
      All photos entered for these first five categories should be without digital alteration. For this purpose, ‘digital alteration’ means making changes to the subject matter by digital means – such as removing or replacing parts of the image, deleting grass stems or blemishes. It does not preclude the use of cropping, brightness and contrast adjustments, or some degree of sharpening that happens anyway in most cameras and printers. All these are allowed.
    6. Digital creativity
      This is your opportunity to be really adventurous and show the beauty of our insects in a very different way. Alterations to lighting, colour and background – or the use of distortion, collage, superimposed images or anything else you can think of – are all specifically encouraged in this category.
    All Members’ Competition prints should have an overall maximum size, including mount, of 19 x 13cm. There will be prizes for the most popular photos in each category, though only one prize per photographer, and an additional prize for ‘best in show’. All photos entered should be prints, taken in the wild since last year’s Members’ Day. Please write the photographer’s name and telephone number on the back, plus the category being entered. Mounting on card, and adding a title, can enhance any photo, but this is optional.
  2. Recent Winners’ Competition - open to recent winners of the overall ‘best in show’ prize. Recent winners of the members’ competition have put on an inspiring display in recent years, and we are asking each of them to contribute any 6 prints, preferably mounted on grey card, with an overall maximum size, including mount, of 30 x 25cm.
Finally, I would like to confirm that by entering our competitions, you are giving UTB permission to use (with acknowledgement) any of your images in our newsletters or electronic media. So make the most of the weather, get your creative and technological juices flowing and help us to create an even better display than last year.

Pete Thompson


Your food offerings are welcome! In the hope that we can continue to feed everyone at lunchtime and teatime on Members’ Day, I am asking again ALL members who are attending on the day to bring along a contribution. It can be either savoury or sweet. If possible, it would be helpful if you could let me know what you might bring during the week before the meeting. Also, if you could help behind the scenes, please to come and see us in the kitchen. I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you on the day.

Gillian Oldfield – 01993 891565
(all messages left on the answer-phone will be listened to!)


Lindengate is a charity that promotes wellbeing through nature and horticulture. They grow hundreds of plants, for us to plant into Nature Reserves, every year. One of their costs is the pots they provide the plants in, another is the medium in which they germinate and grow the plants. If you have any (clean please) 9cm square pots, trays to hold them and either topsoil or potting compost that you might donate, please bring them to Members’ Day for collection.