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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2019

Please contact the leader if you are thinking of coming to an event (except those marked *). 
This does not make a commitment but means the leader can contact you if the event has to be cancelled

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Take your winning photograph at one of our events

Details of our photographic competition here

Saturday 9th March - Suffolk Moth Group Annual Indoor Meeting 
Illustrated talks, discussions and workshops.  This year with guest speaker from Norfolk Moth Group

Refreshments  (tea, coffee) will be provided (contribution to cost requested) but not lunch (pub nearby)
For full details
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Bucklesham Village Hall
Grid Ref: TM242417
Time: 9.30 am for 10.00 am, finish 4.30 pm
Contact: Neil Sherman    

Friday 19th – Tuesday 23rd April - Butterfly Conservation nectar plant display.
A coordinated Suffolk Butterfly Conservation and Marlow’s garden centre display featuring a collection of their available pollen and nectar rich plants.

Where; Marlows Garden Centre Ltd. Hollow Rd. Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7AP
Grid ref: TL865652
Time: 8.30 – 17.30
Contact: Trevor Goodfellow,    

Thursday 2nd May - Butterflies at Martlesham Creek
Butterfly identification and recording at Martlesham Creek and farmland nearby.  Beginners very welcome.

Meet:   Martlesham Church car park
Grid Ref:   TM260469     Post Code:  IP12 4PQ
Time: 10.30am  -  12.30pm
Contact:   Peter Maddison         01473 736607

Monday 6th May (Public Holiday)    FREE FAMILY EVENT*
Spring Wood Celebration Day

Join Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation and lots of other conservation groups at Kiln Meadow.  Butterfly and other guided walks, wood crafts, children’s activities, music and storytelling.  Park at Bourne Park off Stoke Park Drive and take free minibus to the event on Kiln Meadow.

Where: Kiln Meadow, off Marbled White Drive, Ipswich
Map Ref: TM143416
Time: 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Contact: Helen Saunders

Saturday 11th May - Two Black Holes - Butterfly Walk
A circular walk through two unrecorded tetrads not far from Haverhill

The aim is to see as many Spring species as we can

Meet: The PROVISIONAL meeting point is the car park of the White Horse at Withersfield (CB9 7SH)
Grid reference of the meeting place: TL648478
Time – 10am start until about 2pm
Contact – Phone Rob Parker 3 days before for final instructions (01284 705476 or  )

Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May - Dingy Skipper Surveys-
A series of surveys and walks to ascertain the population and locations of Dingy Skipper in Suffolk.

Help with the surveys is needed  Click here for details.

Wednesday 15th May-1030hrs, Wordwell area- Park in small area on left hand side of north-bound B1106 (TL826733) approx 250m past Nightingale Lodge.
Thursday, 16th May-1030hrs Chalk Lane area- Park in small pull off area at end of Chalk Lane on right hand side of north-bound B1106 (TL823753).

Surveys will be weather dependant and subject to health and safety considerations given ongoing forestry work.  Please contact me if you are interested in getting involved for the above two dates or if you are able to help with the recording effort in subsequent weeks.

Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder, M:07906 888603

"Every butterfly record matters"

Friday 17th May - Butterflies of North Suffolk
Butterflies of the wildflower meadows (40 acres) and SSSI woodland (80 acres) of West Hall Farm, Rickinghall.

Meet: West Hall Farm, Rickinghall
Map Ref: TM 026734  Post Code: IP22 1LZ
Time:  10.30am       Bring Lunch
Contact:  Peter Maddison     01473 736607

Saturday 18th May - Butterflies Along the Sailors' Path
Butterfly identification and recording along the Aldeburgh to Snape Sailors' Path. Beginners very welcome.

Meet:  Small car park on Marsh Lane, near Aldeburgh. (near SWT Hazelwood Marshes)
Grid Ref:  TM442581   Post Code:  IP17 1PG
Time: 10.30am - 2.00pm (with optional afternoon visit to SWT Hazelwood Marshes) Linear morning walk, lift back to start point will be available.
Contact:   Peter Maddison      01473 736607

Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall

Come and find Suffolk Branch in the Conservation Zone at Plant Heritage (Suffolk Group's) Spring Fair at Helmingham Hall Gardens.

Map Ref: TM186576; Post Code:  IP14 6EF 
Time: 10.00 am – 16.00 pm

For more information click here to visit the Helmingham Hall events page
£7 entrance fee per person.  All children  under 16 years free.

Saturday 8th JuneBlack Hole Walk - Clare Country Park

Suitable for beginners - Walk around Clare Country Park and surrounding paths

Meet:-Main Car Park
Grid reference:-TL770453
Time:-10am start (up to 3 hours in length)
Contact – Kevin Ling (Tel: 07443623987) - Call day before for weather check

Saturday 15th June  Two more Black Holes - near Kedington
A search along the Stour Valley path for summer species.

Meet: The PROVISIONAL meeting place is the Barnardiston Arms at Kedington (CB9 7NA)
Grid ref:TL7046
Time: 10am start until about 2pm.
Contact – Phone Rob Parker 3 days before for final instructions (01284 705476 or  )

Thursday 20th June - 'Black Holes' in NE Suffolk
Help complete Black Holes and under-recorded areas to the SW of Halesworth

Meet:   Provisional meeting point is Walpole green in village centre, but contact Peter Maddison to confirm details.
Grid ref:   TM364745
Time:   10.00am - 2.30pm
Contact:   Peter Maddison      01473 736607

Saturday 29th June - Landseer Park Summer Butterfly walk.  
Come and see the vast array of butterflies among the flower rich meadows

Meet: Landseer Park car park.
Grid ref: TM176425
Start; 10.00 am   Finish; 12.00 mid-day
Contact: David Dowding & Adrian Richards  07963197221

Saturday 29th June – Moth Trapping at Pipers Vale LNR
Identifying and recording ‘macro-moths’ with Sam Chamberlin and David Dowding

Location: Pipers Vale AONB
Meet: Pipers Vale car park, Gainsborough Lane, Ipswich IP3 0LG
Grid ref: TM178419
Start: 21:30  Finish: Midnight
Contact: Sam 07712 281307   

Friday 5th July - Cavenham Heath Moths and Butterflies
Opening moth traps set the night before followed by a walk on the heath looking for Forester in particular

Where; Cavenham Heath NNR near Tuddenham
Meet; at the first car parking area towards the end of the road starting at the Green in Tuddenham village.   The track is very bumpy after this point.
Grid Ref; TL744721
Time;  9.30 am – 1 pm
Contact Sharon Hearle   

Sunday 14th July - Woodland Wonders
Woodland walk through Bonny Wood nature reserve in search of summer butterflies

Location: Bonny Wood
Meet: Barking Village Hall, Barking Hill, IP6 8HW
Grid ref: TM067526
Start: 10.00 am Finish: 1.00 pm
Contact: Adrian,  07518 908436
Email q18xcv@yahoo.co.uk

Fri 19th July to Sun 11th August    BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT
Big Butterfly Count (BBC)
For more details visit www.butterfly-conservation.org

Friday 19th July - Kick off the Big Butterfly Count
Join Rob Parker and Jillian Macready at Wyken.  The estate comprises 5 woods some of which are SSSI with recently seen White Admirals and Silver washed Fritillary.  Start off your butterfly count in style.

Meet at Wyken Vineyard a short walk south of The Leaping Hare (IP31 2DW)  we will walk through one or two of the woods on this private estate.
Grid ref: TL 96347 70984
Time: 10.30am to 2pm, have lunch in the Leaping Hare or a picnic afterwards in the vineyard (booking in restaurant necessary, not in the café)
Contact: Jillian Macready –   or 07980 208442

Saturday 20th JulyBlack Hole Walk - Clare Country Park

Suitable for beginners - Walk around Clare Country Park and surrounding paths

Meet:-Main Car Park
Grid reference:-TL770453
Time:-10am start (up to 3 hours in length)
Contact – Kevin Ling (Tel: 07443623987) - Call day before for weather check

Thursday 25th July
- Devils Dyke in Newmarket
Looking for Chalkhill Blues

Although not in the West Suffolk vice-county for recording this is the closest you can get to see the Chalkhill Blue

Location:- Southern end of Devil's Dyke
Meet:- July Racecourse entrance near A1303/A1304 roundabout with horse statue.
Grid Ref:- TL617614
Start:- 11.00 am, Finish:- 1.00 pm
Contact: Sharon Hearle  Tel 07920131526  It is very helpful to know if you are planning to attend before. (Sharon is Butterfly Conservation Senior Regional Officer, East of England)

Saturday 27 July - Red Lodge Heath Butterfly Walk
With over 20 species recorded on this SSSI, it is a good place to see butterflies even on a damp day.  

Suitable for families and novices, the range of species and their numbers will make it a good walk for those of experience.  It is somewhere different.

Where - Off the A11 north-east of Newmarket.
Place to meet - Millennium Centre car park, Magnolia Close Post Code - IP28 8TT Grid Ref - TL699703
Start time - 13.00 hrs. (1.00 pm); 3 hours max.
Contact - Twm Wade, (01638 577446, 07743 305363)

Saturday 27th July
- Butterfly Pipers
Walking the vale through a variety of habitats for late summer butterflies

Location: Pipers Vale AONB
Meet: Pipers Vale car park, Gainsborough Lane, Ipswich IP3 0LG
Grid ref: TM178419
Start: 10.00 am Finish: 12.30 pm
Contact: Julian,  07910 170609

Sunday 28th July     GARDEN OPEN DAY*
Wildlife Garden Open Day
An invitation from BC member Mrs Trudie Willis, to visit her 10 acre garden, including a Buddleia and Honeysuckle collection.

Meet: Park at Prior's Oak, Leiston Road, Aldeburgh (B1122 Leiston to Aldeburgh Road)
Map Ref: TM452591  Post Code: IP15 5QE
Time: 10.30 am start
Contact: Peter Maddison   01473 736607

Saturday 3rd August - Butterflies of East Suffolk
Recording butterflies in Kenton Hills, Sizewell Belts and Broom Covert

'Dogs not allowed on most of the permissive paths of this walk'

Meet:   Kenton Hills car park
Grid Ref:    TM453638    Post code:  IP16 4UP
Time:   10.00am  -  1.00pm
Contact:   Peter Maddison      01473 736607

Saturday 10th August - The Wall and other butterflies at SWT Carlton Marshes

The Wall has had a massive decline in population in the UK and has nearly disappeared from Suffolk.  Carlton Marshes is the last place where you can hope to see the butterfly.

Meet:    SWT Carlton Marshes car park
Grid Ref:   TM508920        Post Code:  NR33 8HU 
Time:    10.30am Leaders:    Peter Maddison and Robert Quadling
Contact:    Peter Maddison      01473 736607 

Saturday 16th November

Butterfly Conservation National Annual General Meeting

Saturday 30th November
Suffolk Branch A.G.M & Members Event

Peter Eeles will be the guest speaker.  Peter runs the UK Butterflies website (www.ukbutterflies.co.uk).  In 2016 he was presented with the Marsh Award for the Promotion of Lepidoptera Conservation at Butterfly Conservation's AGM.
He is writing "Lifecycles of British and Irish Butterflies" to be published in October 2019.

Venue: Stowupland Village Hall
Grid Ref: TM 070600, Post Code: IP14 4BG
Time: 2.30 pm.
Please note the change in location and the afternoon start.

The AGM will be followed by the guest speaker, members' slides, light refreshments and the annual photo competition.  Further details will be announced in The Suffolk Argus and on the Branch website.

Enter our photographic competition - details here

Important information

As with any other activity, there are hazards in the countryside and everyone taking part in an 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 greater hazard than any other walk in the countryside, but we would encourage anyone planning to attend an event to read and act on the following advice:

• Wear appropriate footwear.  If there are unusual requirements these will be noted in the event programme, but stout shoes are a minimum requirement for any walk.

• The leader will brief you on the trip before setting off, with details of any known hazards and advice on what to do in an emergency – please listen carefully.

• By their nature, butterflies are not always to be found next to the path and will offer many opportunities (temptations) to wander off the track.  It’s easy to be distracted and to miss potential hazards such as rabbit holes, fallen or hanging branches, barbed wire etc.  Beware of wet grass or moss, particularly on sloping ground.  Children are welcome at branch events but, if under 16, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult (maximum of two children per adult).  If you are bringing children with you, please ensure that the event is within their capability.

• Dogs may be allowed at some of the events.  Please contact the leader in advance to find out if the event is suitable.

• If you are uncertain about any aspect of an event or activity, please contact the leader in advance.

Contact details can be found with each event entry.  Do let the leader know if you need, or can offer, a lift.  If you decide to leave early, please tell the event leader.  Please note that persons who take part in these events do so entirely at their own risk and The Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation cannot accept liability for any injuries or losses during the course of an event.
Binoculars, cameras, field guides and notebooks are always useful.  For moth nights bring a torch and eye protection (i.e. polarised sunglasses or wide-brimmed hat).  Remember, most nature reserves do not permit dogs.  Map references are based on the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger series and are approximate.  They refer to the rendezvous, not the site.  Anyone is welcome to come along, Branch members or not.

** These trips are the sole responsibility of Greenwings Wildlife Tours Ltd
photo competition

Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation (SBBC)
Photographic Competition

At the 2019 AGM there will be a photo competition for photos  taken in the UK or abroad by a member of SBBC.

There are three categories

UK Butterfly or Moths (any species photographed during 2019 in the UK)

Overseas Butterfly or Moth (any species photographed during 2019 outside of the UK)

Early Stage Butterfly or Moth (Ovum, Larva, Pupa) – it is hoped this category will encourage you to search for and photograph the developmental journey to adulthood.

Competition Guidelines

A maximum of five entries per person. Such entries can be spread across more than one category (e.g. 2 in two categories and one in another).
Maximum size for photographs is 12" x 8".
There is no video category.
All photographs must be taken during 2019.
The winning entries for each category will be published in a future edition of the 'Argus'.
There will be a prize for the overall photograph that gains the most votes.
In the event of a tie, the competition organiser shall have the casting vote.
Whilst every care is taken with entries, the BC Suffolk Committee cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss of photographs.

Enjoy your Summer of Butterflies and we look forward to seeing your photographs at our AGM.

Kevin Ling
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