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Winter events may be cancelled at short notice. Please check with the organiser before attending one.
 
Thursday 20th December 11:00-14:30

Family scrub cut at Strawberry Bank, Bucks. Not suitable for under-10s.
 
Parking at Beacon Farm, Beacon Lane, off Marlow Road (SL7 3DQ).
 
For more information please contact Paul Stack (paul@chilternrangers.co.uk)

Tuesday 1st January 10:30

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
Otmoor, Oxon. Parking is at the bottom of Otmoor Lane at SP570126 (nearest postcode OX3 9TD).
 
Contact: Dave Wilton (01295 658701).

Sunday 6th January 10:00

Work party at Holtspur Bottom, Bucks.
 
Meeting point HP9 1BT, Grid ref: SU918906.
 
Contact: Nick Bowles (01442 382276).

Saturday 12th January 10:00

Work party at MoD Arncott, near Bicester, Oxon.
 
Meet at 09:45 at the guardroom of St Georges Barracks, Arncott Wood Road, Arncott (approx.) OX25 1AB.
 
You must provide Steph Rodgers of Chiltern Rangers with your full name and car registration number at least 72 hours in advance. You must bring photo ID (driving licence or passport) to present at the guardroom on arrival. Chiltern Rangers will provide tools and refreshments.
 
Contact: Steph Rodgers (steph@chilternrangers.co.uk)

Saturday 19th January 10:30

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
Raleigh Park, North Hinksey, Oxford. Meet at the Westminster Way entrance (OX2 0NB).
 
Contact: Nick Bowles (01442 382276).

Sunday 20th January 10:00

Work party at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon.
 
Meeting point at the grain drier, SU550844
 
Contact: Jim Asher (01865 391727).

Sunday 27th January 10:00

Work party at Holtspur Bottom, Bucks.
 
Meeting point HP9 1BT, Grid ref: SU918906.
 
Contact: Nick Bowles (01442 382276).

Tuesday 29th January 11:00-15:00

Work party at Dean Farm, Bucks.
 
Limited parking opposite Dean Farm House, Deanfield, Saunderton. (HP14 4JR)
 
Please contact Steph Rodgers (steph@chilternrangers.co.uk) if attending.

Tuesday 5th February 10:15-15:00

Work party at BBOWT Grangelands, Bucks.
 
Scrub clearance work. The event is being led by Chiltern Rangers with BBOWT trainees and pupils from Princes Risborough school.
 
Parking at Longdown Hill (OS ref SP832045).
 
Please contact Paul Stack (paul@chilternrangers.co.uk or 07740 743489) if attending.

Wednesday 6th February 10:00-12:30

Work party at East Hagbourne, Oxon - SUSTRANS cycle track.
 
Meet in the village hall in East Hagbourne (Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, OX11 9LR). Please contact the organiser if you are thinking of attending.
 
The work will be mainly on the steep slopes of the railway embankment, but there will be some work on the top of the embankment for those that find slopes difficult. As the site is used by members of the public it would be useful to have volunteers on hand to warn passers-by that work is taking place (suitable if you would like to contribute but don't feel up to heavy work).
 
Contact: Karen Saxl (kjbsaxl@aol.com), or leave a message on 01235 818574.

Saturday 9th February 10:00-13:30

Work party at Buttlers Hanging, Bucks.
 
Parking at Old Garden Centre car park, Chorley Rd, West Wycombe, HP14 3AP. Minibus shuttle to site.
 
Please contact Steph Rodgers (steph@chilternrangers.co.uk) if attending.

Sunday 10th February 10:00

Work party at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon.
 
Meeting point at the grain drier, SU550844
 
Contact: Jim Asher (01865 391727).

Saturday 16th February 10:30-13:30

Work party at East Hagbourne, Oxon - SUSTRANS cycle track.
 
Meet in the village hall in East Hagbourne (Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, OX11 9LR). Please contact the organiser if you are thinking of attending.
 
The work will be mainly on the steep slopes of the railway embankment, but there will be some work on the top of the embankment for those that find slopes difficult. As the site is used by members of the public it would be useful to have volunteers on hand to warn passers-by that work is taking place (suitable if you would like to contribute but don't feel up to heavy work).
 
Contact: Karen Saxl (kjbsaxl@aol.com), or leave a message on 01235 818574.

Sunday 17th February 10:00

Work party at Holtspur Bottom, Bucks.
 
Meeting point HP9 1BT, Grid ref: SU918906.
 
Contact: Nick Bowles (01442 382276).

Monday 18th February 10:00

Work party at MoD Arncott, near Bicester, Oxon.
 
Meet at 09:45 at the guardroom of St Georges Barracks, Arncott Wood Road, Arncott (approx.) OX25 1AB.
 
You must provide Steph Rodgers of Chiltern Rangers with your full name and car registration number at least 72 hours in advance. You must bring photo ID (driving licence or passport) to present at the guardroom on arrival. Chiltern Rangers will provide tools and refreshments.
 
Contact: Steph Rodgers (steph@chilternrangers.co.uk)

Tuesday 19th February 11:00-15:00

Work party at Bradenham NT, Bucks.
 
To be confirmed.
 
Please contact Steph Rodgers (steph@chilternrangers.co.uk) if attending.

Wednesday 20th February 10:00-12:30

Work party at East Hagbourne, Oxon - SUSTRANS cycle track.
 
Meet in the village hall in East Hagbourne (Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, OX11 9LR). Please contact the organiser if you are thinking of attending.
 
The work will be mainly on the steep slopes of the railway embankment, but there will be some work on the top of the embankment for those that find slopes difficult. As the site is used by members of the public it would be useful to have volunteers on hand to warn passers-by that work is taking place (suitable if you would like to contribute but don't feel up to heavy work).
 
Contact: Karen Saxl (kjbsaxl@aol.com), or leave a message on 01235 818574.

Sunday 24th February 10:30-13:00

Work party at Caversham Lakes, Oxon.
 
Parking in the lane opposite the turning to Caversham Park (SU73701 75545) or on the A4155 Henley Road near RG4 6LS.
 
The task planned for today is scrub clearance. Tools and full instructions will be provided. Please bring a drink and a snack.
 
Contact: Peter Cuss (pj.cuss@gmail.com) or phone 07938 577944

Saturday 2nd March 10:30

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
Bernwood Meadows, Bucks. Park in the Bernwood Forest car park at SP611117 and either walk through Oakley Wood or down the minor road to reach the meadow.
 
Contact: Dave Wilton (01295 658701).

Sunday 10th March 14:00-17:00

Winter social.
 
To be held in the Canons' Room at Benson parish church, Church Road, Benson, Oxon OX10 6SF.
 
A relaxed get-together to exchange butterfly and moth experiences. Bring your photos to display (not a competition), and see some absorbing slideshows, over tea and cakes with your fellow members. All welcome!
 
The Canons’ Room is a warm, modern room located behind the church. Roadside parking is on Church Road or on adjacent St Helen’s Avenue.
 
Contact: Richard Soulsby (richardlsoulsby@gmail.com)



Field Meetings and Work Parties

  • Non-members are welcome to attend our events. If you do so, please make yourself known to the event organiser/leader.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (see Safety Code point 7 below).
  • Outdoor events, especially in the winter, are sometimes cancelled at short notice. Please check with the organiser/leader before attending one.

Committee Meetings

Meetings are held at Benson, Oxon. Branch members are welcome to attend committee meetings but are requested to advise the the Hon. Secretary in advance.


Berkshire Moth Group

The Berkshire Moth Group meets on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm at Maiden Erlegh Local Nature Reserve Interpretation Centre, Instow Road, Earley, near Reading (grid ref SU749709). Contact : Grahame Hawker 01189 700144.


Safety Code

As with any other activity, there are hazards in the countryside and everyone taking part in a Field Meeting, Work Party or other event has a responsibility (duty of care), for their own safety and that of others. We try hard to ensure that our events present no hazards but please note and act on the following:

  1. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. If there are unusual requirements, these are noted in the individual event details. Stout shoes are a minimum requirement.
  2. During the main summer season you may be exposed to strong sunshine for much or all of the walk. Take a hat, use sun cream or protection for exposed skin. Make sure that you have adequate food and liquid to drink with you. Be prepared for possible changes in weather conditions.
  3. Winter events will be cancelled if weather conditions are adverse. However, if events go ahead conditions may not be ideal. Warm and waterproof clothing and footwear should always be worn. It is sensible to bring a warm drink.
  4. The leader will provide a briefing on the event before starting, with details of any known particular hazards, and will also give advice on what to do in an emergency.
  5. At the briefing, please let the leader know if you have a mobile telephone and/or you have First Aid qualifications.
  6. Joining the event is an indication of your interest in butterflies. By their nature butterflies do not remain conveniently by the main path and will offer many opportunities (temptations) for you to wander away. Take particular care to look out for hazards – rabbit holes, fallen or hanging branches, barbed wire, boggy areas, etc. Beware of wet grass, particularly on sloping ground.
  7. Children are welcome at our events, but if under 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for two children. It is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s) to ensure that the event is within the children's ability.
  8. Dogs are normally welcome on walks but not at work parties. They must be kept under control. Any exceptions are shown in the individual event details.
  9. If you are uncertain about any details of the event, ring the leader/contact in advance. There is always a telephone number given with the event details.
  10. If you decide to leave the event early, please ensure that you tell the Leader.
  11. Take care at all times, but ENJOY YOURSELF.