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Events

Saturday 27th October 10:15

Members Day and AGM.
 
Benson Parish Hall, Benson, Oxon, OX10 6LZ. Doors open 09:45, event closes at 17:30. For more details click here.

Sunday 28th October 10:00

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

Sunday 28th October 10:30-13:00

Work party at Milestone Wood, Caversham Park, Reading, Berks (scrub clearing).
 
Meet at Bamber Mews, Caversham Park, Reading (SU733759)
 
Contact: Peter Cuss (0118 9471470 or 07938 577944).

Sunday 4th November 10:00

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

Sunday 18th November 10:00

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt
 
Slade Camp, Oxon.
 
Contact: Dave Wilton (01295 658701).

Sunday 25th November 10:00

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

Sunday 25th November 10:30-13:00

Work party at Caversham Lakes, Reading, Berks (scrub clearing)
 
Meet off the A4155 on the road to the Mariner (SU7370175545).
 
Contact: Peter Cuss (0118 9471470 or 07938 577944).

Sunday 2nd December 10:00

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

Sunday 2nd December 10:00

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
Rushbeds Wood, Bucks.
 
Contact: Dave Wilton (01295 658701).

Sunday 9th December 10:00

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

Sunday 16th December 10:00

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
At Rushbeds Wood, Bucks.
 
Contact: Dave Wilton (01295 658701).

Tuesday 1st January 10:00

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
Otmoor, Oxon.
 
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 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).

Sunday 10th February 10:00

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

Sunday 17th February 10:00

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

Saturday 2nd March 10:00

Brown Hairstreak egg hunt.
 
Bernwood Meadows, Bucks.
 
Contact: Dave Wilton (01295 658701).



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

  • Monday 1st October 2018

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.