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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2018

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 20th January - Work Party
Purdis Heath Megabash
Join volunteers from Butterfly Conservation, Greenways, Ipswich Wildlife Group and others in the annual work party on this magnificent heathland.  Work will include tree and scrub removal and other measures to help heathland species including the Silver-studded Blue
Big bonfire - baked potatoes, tea, cake, biscuits provided.
Meet: on site accessed from parking lay-by on Bucklesham Road.
Parking at TM 212 423
Time: 10 am to 3 pm for as long as you like
Contact the Greenways Project for more details 01473 433995 or (on the day) 07736 826076

More information on the home page (click here)


Saturday 3rd February
Saturday 3rd March

Work Parties at Purdis Heath - If you missed the megabash on 20th Januuary there are two more opportunities to help the Silver-studded Blue.

Join volunteers from Butterfly Conservation in these monthly work parties on this magnificent heathland.  Work will include tree and scrub removal and other measures to help heathland species including the Silver-studded Blue.

Meet at 10.00 am on site accessed from parking lay-by on Bucklesham Road.

Contact  Helen Saunders



Saturday 10th March - CONSERVATION DAY OF ACTION
BC National Conservation Day of Action  Suffolk Branch at SWT Blaxhall Heath

Join the work party at this Silver-studded Blue heathland site.
Meet:  small car parks either side of B1069, Tunstall to Snape road.
Map Ref:  TM382566  Post Code:  IP12 2EJ
Time: 10.30 - 14.30
Wear suitable work clothing.  Tools provided.  Bring lunch if staying.
Contact:  Peter Maddison 01473 736607 or SWT Reserve Warden, Terry Peake 01728 746004


Saturday 17th March - MOTH EVENT
Suffolk Moth Group - Annual Indoor Meeting
Illustrated talks, discussions and workshops
Refreshments  (tea, coffee) will be provided but not lunch (pub nearby)
For full details see
http://www.suffolkmothgroup.org.uk/blog/
(posted on 31 January)
Bucklesham Village Hall TM242417
10.30 am to 4.30 pm


Saturday 28th April - Butterfly Walk
Spring Butterflies in the King’s Forest

Meet: West Stow Road, just east of Country Park
Map Ref: TL803714. park on track at edge of forest
Time: 10:30 to 13:00
Contact: Rob Parker 01284 705476


Monday 7th 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


Click here for a selection of photos from the event taken by and copyright of Paul Harrison


Thursday 10th May - Moth Trap Opening and Butterfly Survey
Shifting Sands Project with Sharon Hearle   All welcome suitable for beginners
Join Sharon Hearle to see moths caught the night before in 5 traps set in the forest followed by an optional 3 mile walk to record butterflies and moths.  Dingy Skipper might be found.
Meet: Kings Forest Picnic Site Car Park opposite ride 203  just off B1106
Grid Ref: TL825747 Approx. postcode IP28 6UY
Time: 10am – 2pm;  Please bring packed lunch and drinks if staying for the walk.
NOTE: Ticks are present in Kings Forest so wear suitable clothing.  Click here for advice
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)
Click here for more about the Shifting Sands Project


Sunday 13th May; NEW EVENT - Dingy Skipper Survey 1
One of our key surveys to establish if the Dingy Skipper is maintaining its numbers in Suffolk
Kings Forest- Chalk Lane+ Wordwell Ride
Meet: car park at end of Chalk Lane/ B1106
NB: Roadworks along B1106 and traffic controls in place
Grid Reference: TL823753
Time: 10.30am
Contact: Bill Stone
 


Sunday 13th May
Pakenham Watermill Open Day
The mill is open as part of the National Mills Weekend
Theme:  Mills and Wildlife.  Suffolk Branch Butterfly Conservation, other conservation groups and local interest groups attending
Time:   11.00am - 4.00pm

Further details:  http://www.pakenhamwatermill.org.uk/


Wednesday 16th May - BUTTERFLY WALK
SWT Newbourne Springs Reserve for Spring butterflies

Meet:   Reserve car park
Map Ref:   TM 274433    Post Code: IP12 4NY
Time:   10.30am - 1.00pm
Contact:   Peter Maddison  01473 736607


Friday 18th May - Moth Trap Opening and Butterfly Survey
Shifting Sands Project with Sharon Hearle   All welcome suitable for beginners
Join Sharon Hearle to see moths caught the night before in 5 traps set in the forest followed by an optional 3 mile walk to record butterflies and moths.
Meet Forest Lodge Car Park at West Stow Ride 205 Between West Stow Country Park and West Stow Hall
Grid Ref: TL814715  Approx. postcode IP28 6HB
Time: 10am – 2pm;  Please bring packed lunch and drinks if staying for the walk.
NOTE: Ticks are present in Kings Forest so wear suitable clothing.  Click here for advice
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)
Click here for more about the Shifting Sands Project



Wednesday 23rd May; NEW EVENT - Dingy Skipper Survey 2
One of our key surveys to establish if the Dingy Skipper is maintaining its numbers in Suffolk
Kings Forest- Archery Area + Wordwell Ride
Meet: car park at end of John O'Groat Cottages Track/ B1106
NB: Roadworks along B1106 and traffic controls in place
Grid Reference: TL825738
Time: 10.30am
Contact: Bill Stone
 


Sunday 27th May      GARDENING FOR BUTTERFLIES*
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.  There will be children activities on offer so this event is suitable for our family members too.
Map Ref: TM186576
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.


Friday 15th June – Monday 18th June    GREENWINGS EVENT, NORFOLK**
Swallowtail Weekend with Patrick Barkham
Join The Butterfly Isles author and Guardian writer Patrick Barkham across the border for a weekend of Swallowtails and other Norfolk wildlife.  As well as daily excursions in, on (by boat) and around the Broads, Patrick will also be giving an illustrated talks on one of the evenings.  We also anticipate running a moth trap overnight at least once, from Patrick’s nearby garden.  As with all Greenwings Lepidoptera focused holidays 10% of profits are donated to Butterfly Conservation.

Where: Norfolk (click here for more details)
Contact: Greenwings (01473 254658)  
Email: enquiries@greenwings.co.uk


Sunday 1st July - Summer Moths; a Suffolk Wildlife Trust Event
One day course identifying moths with Edwad Jackson
Led by local moth enthusiast and wildlife trainer Edward Jackson, this day course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning more about moths.  It will show you how to identify the larger ‘macro-moths’ and understand their life cycles
Where; Foxburrow Farm
Cost; 30
This is the Link for further information and to book: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/events/2018/07/01/summer-moths-sunday-july-1?instance=0


Friday 6th July - The Moths and Butterflies of Landseer Park County Wildlife Site
Evening Moth Trapping at Landseer Park, Ipswich.
Time: 9pm (evening) - packing away by midnight.
Meet: look for the light in the park and find us at the moth traps.
Map ref: TM 17621 42743  
Contact: David Dowding 07736 826183 or Sam Chamberlin 07712 281307


Saturday 7th July - The Moths and Butterflies of Landseer Park County Wildlife Site
Moth Identification & Butterfly Walk at Landseer Park, Ipswich.
Time: 10.00am (morning).
Meet: Landseer Park car park.
Contact: David Dowding 07736 826183 or Sam Chamberlin 07712 281307  



Sunday 8th July - Butterflies of Piper’s Vale (Orwell Country Park)
Butterfly Walk on Piper’s Vale, Ipswich
Time: 10.00am - finish around lunchtime.
Meet: Pipers car park Map ref: TM 178 419
Contact: Julian Dowding 07910 170609



NEW EVENT     Tuesday 10th July
At the kind invitation of Patrick Barker Lodge Farm, Westhorpe, Stowmarket  IP14 4TA

A multi conservation award winning farm.  Field margins with a multitude of flowering plants and a multitude of butterflies
10.30  - 12.30    bring picnic lunch

if you wish If you wish to attend let Peter Maddison know by Mon 9th July prmaddison@yahoo.co.uk 01473 736607


Thursday 19th July - Moth Trap Opening and Butterfly Survey
Shifting Sands Project with Sharon Hearle   All welcome suitable for beginners
Join Sharon Hearle to see moths caught the night before in 5 traps set in the forest followed by an optional 3 mile walk to record butterflies and moths.  Forester Moth might be found.
Meet: Kings Forest Picnic Site Car Park opposite ride 203  just off B1106
Grid Ref: TL825747 Approx. postcode IP28 6UY
Time: 10am – 2pm;  Please bring packed lunch and drinks if staying for the walk.
NOTE: Ticks are present in Kings Forest so wear suitable clothing  Click here for advice.
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)
Click here for more about the Shifting Sands Project


Saturday 21st July
    RED LODGE HEATH SSSI
For butterflies and moths, potential 20+ species
Members, novices and families welcome.

Meet indoors to see moths trapped locally the night before, followed by a tour of the heath and woodland margins.  A rare day-flying moth is known to be on this site.
Meet: Millennium Centre, Magnolia Close IP28 8TT
Map ref: TL699703
Times: start at 10:00, tour about 11:30, end about 13:00.
Contact:  Twm Wade 01638 577446 or
07743 305363
for more details


Saturday 21st July 2018 - Big Butterfly Count Event
Lukeswood, Church Road, Elmswell
TL985635
Times: 11:00 - 12:30
Contact: Mary Feeney (Lukeswood) - 01359 241901



Fri 20th July to Sun 12th August
Big Butterfly Count (BBC)
For more details visit www.butterfly-conservation.org


Sunday 29th 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



Wednesday 1st August - Moth Trap Opening and Butterfly Survey
Shifting Sands Project with Sharon Hearle   All welcome suitable for beginners
Join Sharon Hearle to see moths caught the night before in 5 traps set in the forest followed by an optional 3 mile walk to record butterflies and moths.  Grayling might be recorded
Meet; Forest Lodge Car Park at West Stow Ride 205 Between West Stow Country Park and West Stow Hall
Grid Ref: TL814715  Approx. postcode IP28 6HB
Time: 10am – 2pm;  Please bring packed lunch and drinks if staying for the walk.
NOTE: Ticks are present in Kings Forest so wear suitable clothing.  Click here for advice
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)
Click here for more about the Shifting Sands Project



Saturday 4th August - BUTTERFLY WALK
Grayling Hunt starting in the King’s Forest
Meet: Recess on west side of B1106.
Map Ref: TL825739, almost opposite Ride 204 sign.
Time: 10.15 am
Contact: Rob Parker 01284 705476.



Saturday 11th August - BUTTERFLY WALK
Search for declining Wall Brown
at SWT Carlton Marshes Reserve
Carlton Marshes is a major stronghold for the Wall Brown in Suffolk
Meet:  Reserve Car park
Map Ref:  TM 508920     Post Code:  NR33 8HU
Time:    10.30am     bring lunch
Leaders: Peter Maddison and Robert Quadling
Contact:  Peter Maddison    01473 736607


Saturday 18th August - BUTTERFLY WALK
Target species Grayling, Small Copper & summer Dragonflies.
Sutton Heath, Woodbridge.
Grid Ref for Parking: TM306475
Start time: 10:00am
Contact: Kevin Ling  Mobile: 07443 623987


Saturday 10th November

Butterfly Conservation National Annual General Meeting


Saturday 17th November
Suffolk Branch A.G.M & Members Event

Patrick Barkham, author (Butterfly Isles: A Summer In Search Of Our Emperors And Admirals) and journalist (features writer for The Guardian}, will be the guest speaker.


Venue: Earl Stonham Village Hall
Map Ref: TM 097598              Post Code:   IP14 5HJ
Time: 2.30 pm.
Please note the change in location and the afternoon start.

The AGM will be followed by members' slides then light refreshments, the annual photo competition and our guest speaker, author and journalist, Patrick Barkham.  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

Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation (SBBC) Photographic Competition

At the 2018 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 2018 in the UK)

Overseas Butterfly or Moth (any species photographed during 2018 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 2018.
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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