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Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation Events 2017

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

Please click here to read important information

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Take your winning photograph at one of our events

Details of our photographic competition here

Saturday 11th March - MOTH EVENT
Suffolk Moth Group - Annual indoor meeting
Talks, discussions and workshops
This date is not on the Events Card.  For full details see

Bucklesham Village Hall TM242417
10.30 am to 5.00 pm

Sunday 30 April    BUTTERFLY WALK
Early Butterflies in Ramparts Field (Suitable for novices)
Fieldwork & Photography
Meet: Ramparts Field car park, close to West Stow Country Park
Map Ref: TL788714
Time: 10:30 to 12:30 approx. 
Contact: Rob Parker on 01284 705476

Monday 1st May    FAMILY EVENT*
Spring Wood Celebration Day
Join Suffolk Branch at Kiln Meadow for butterfly and other guided walks, woodland crafts and demonstrations, family activities, music, food and much more.  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 16.00 pm
Contact: Helen Saunders

Sunday 7th May    BUTTERFLY WALK
Spring Butterflies in King’s Forest (suitable for novices)
Meet: “FC King’s Picnic Place” on the B1106. Assemble by the Information Board in the grassy area
Map Ref: TL826752  .
Time: 10.00 am to 13:00 pm approx.  Bring packed lunch.
Contact: Rob Parker on 01284 705476

Saturday 20th May    MOTH MORNING
Going through the previous night's moth catch.  Followed by a walk to look for caterpillars
The moth trap is run overnight so nobody will know what has been caught until it is opened in the morning.  Followed by a walk to look for caterpillars.
Where: Milden Hall, Milden, near Lavenham
Map Ref: TL944461
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Contact: Tony Prichard

Sunday 21st May    BUTTERFLY WALK
Butterflies, bluebells and general species
Tiger Hill LNR, Bures St Mary, CO8 5BW and Arger Fen
Map Ref:  TL929359
Time:  10.30am; Bring lunch; Afternoon visit to SWT Arger Fen
Contact:  Peter Maddison  01473 736607

Week commencing 22nd May    Dingy Skipper Surveys
Kings Forest and Suffolk Brecklands
Various surveys and walks during week (subject to weather conditions and access restrictions)
Please register interest/ availability.
Contact: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Further information will be here when details are finalised but will not be on the Events Card.  Let Bill know if you are interested and you will be contacted directly nearer the time.

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 visit the Helmingham Hall events page at www.helmingham.com.
7 entrance fee per person. All children  under 16 years free.

Saturday 10th June    Wood White Event
Wood White in the Salcey Forest Wood White and possibly Black Hairstreak
Where:  Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
Contact Peter Maddison, 01473 736607, near the date for details

Sunday 11th June    NORFOLK
Wheatfen, Norfolk Swallowtail Open Day at the Ted Ellis Nature Reserve
Meet:  Reserve car park Post Code:  NR14 7AL. Bring lunch
Map Ref:  TG325057
Time:  10.00am
Contact:  Peter Maddison  01473 736607

Friday 16th June – Monday 19th 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 illustrated talks in the evenings.  We also anticipate running moth traps overnight.  As with all Greenwings Lepidoptera focused holidays 10% of profits are donated to Butterfly Conservation.
Where: Norfolk
Contact: Greenwings (01473 254658)
Email: enquiries@greenwings.co.uk

Saturday 17th June    BUTTERFLY WALK
Felixstowe Ferry Area - Long walk exploring river marshes and farmland.
Meet in parking area near St Nicholas Church, Felixstowe Ferry
Map ref: TM327373
Time: 10.30 am  Bring lunch
Contact: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Saturday 24th June     NOVICE RECORDERS 
Holywells Park, Ipswich  Identification and recording.  Suitable for novices.

Meet:  Outside the Orangery
Map ref:  TM175433
Time:   10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Leader:  Peter Maddison   01473 736607

The Moths and Butterflies of Piper's Vale
Meet:  Car park in Gainsborough Lane, Ipswich
Map Ref: TM17834193
Time: Friday 8.00 pm (evening)
   Saturday 10.00 am (morning)
Contact:  David Dowding & Sam Chamberlin 07963 197221

Wednesday 12th July      BUTTERFLY WALK
Landseer Park - for grassland, woodland and heath butterflies
Meet: Landseer car park, Landseer Road
Map Ref: TM17594252
Time: 09:00 am

Contact:  David  & Julian Dowding 07963 197221

Saturday 15th July    BUTTERFLY & MOTH TALK & WALK
Red Lodge Heath SSSI for butterflies and day-flying moths
An indoor start to show and discuss moths and the Big Butterfly Count followed by a tour of the heath and woodland margins. Members of the public including families are very welcome.
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 for more details.

Saturday 15th July    BUTTERFLY WALK
Wolves Wood

For Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral
Meet: Wolves Wood car park
Map Ref: TM053436
Times: 10.00 am
Contact: Kevin Ling 07443 623987

Fri 14th July to Sun 6th August
Big Butterfly Count (BBC)
For more details visit www.butterfly-conservation.org

Saturday 22nd July    Big Butterfly Count Taster
Summer Butterflies in Ramparts Field (Suitable for novices)
Introduction to Big Butterfly Count.
Meet: Ramparts Field car park, close to West Stow Country Park
Map Ref: TL788714
Time: 10:00 to 12:30 approx. 
Contact: Rob Parker on 01284 705476

Wednesday 26 July
Wildlife Family Fun Day
Holywells Park
12 – 4 pm
A fun afternoon for the whole family, learning about the Park’s Wildlife. Have fun with bug hunts, pond dipping, bug and bird box building and crafts.
Visit the Butterfly Conservation stand

Sunday 30th 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
Time: 10.30 am start
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Sunday 13th August    BUTTERFLY WALK
RSPB North Warren for general species (22 butterfly species counted during the 2009 event!)
Meet:  North end of the Aldeburgh car park
Map Ref:  TM468581
Time:  10.30am Bring lunch
Contact:  Peter Maddison  01473 736607 

Saturday 19th August    BUTTERFLY WALK
Long walk exploring SWT Trimley Marshes, local lanes and footpaths.  .
Meet in SWT Trimley Marshes car park, Cordy’s Lane, Trimley St Mary
Map Ref: TM277357
Time: 10.30 am Bring lunch
Contact: Bill Stone 07906 888603

Saturday 11th November

Butterfly Conservation National Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 15th November
The Derek Moore Memorial Lecture
Conserving Our Wildlife: Are We Winning?
By leading conservationist Dr Mark Acery
The Great School, Ipswich School, Ivry Stret, IP1 3SG
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Pre-booking essential- tickets 7 - suffolkwildlifetrust.org 01473 890089

Saturday 25th November
Suffolk Branch A.G.M & Members Event
Venue: Stowupland Village Hall  IP14 4BQ
Map Ref: TM070600
Time: 2.30 pm.
Please note the change in location and the afternoon start.
The AGM will be followed by light refreshments, then members' slides 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

Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation (SBBC) Photographic Competition

At the 2017 AGM there will be a photo competition for photos and videos taken in the UK or abroad by a member of SBBC. 

There are three classes
1. Still photo taken in the UK
2. Still photo taken outside the UK
3. A video or digital slide show.

Judging will be by those who attend the AGM so the entries must be available for that evening.

R1 - There shall be no more than 5 entries per participant.  Such entries can be in more than one class (e.g. 2 in two classes and one in another).

R2 - Photos or films must:
> be of a butterfly or moth at any stage in its life cycle
> be of wild stock, not captive bred
> have been taken by a Suffolk Branch member; their own work
> have been taken in the year of the AGM i.e.2016.

R3 - Individual still photos must:
> be printed and presented no larger than A4 (12” x 8”); A5 (6” x 8”) preferred
> have minimal editing before printing; not digitally enhanced but allowing cropping and resizing.

R4 - Slideshows or films:
> must be no longer than 5 minutes; less preferred
> may include a commentary, background music and/or text; other editing must be minimal; not digitally enhanced but allowing cropping and the Ken Burns effect (commentary can be live)
> may include more than one species.

Class 1 - “The photo I wish I had taken” - taken in the UK & decided by popular vote on the night
Class 2 - “The photo I wish I had taken” - taken outside the UK & decided by popular vote on the night
Class 3 - “The video or slideshow I wish I had made or presented” (DVD or other format - please check what will work) - decided by popular vote on the night.

Prizes - a round of applause.

Administrative Arrangements
A - there is no entry fee
B - entries in classes 1 & 2 shall have the member’s name on the back and a unique number with the name if that person has more than one entry
C - entries for classes 1 & 2 shall have the class number (C1 or C2) stated on the back
D - the still photo DVD, CD or memory stick will remain the property of the member but the committee cannot accept responsibility for their condition at the end of the competition
E - entries need to be presented to a committee member for display before the AGM starts
F - entries may be pinned to a board or displayed loose on a table
G - entries may be labeled using masking tape stuck to the edge of the photo and then put on a wall or board
H - the still photo entries will be judged by those attending the meeting during the tea break and decided by ballot (to be arranged on the night - ballot papers are provided allowing 2 selections in each of Class 1 & 2 upon whichvoters enter the unique number for their first and second choice. These are ‘scored’ and 3 people then go off to count the votes/scores.); entries for Class 3 will be decided on a show of hands after their display
J - entries need to be retrieved by the member or their representative at the end of the meeting
L - the winning entries for classes 1 & 2 need to be made available for publication to the editor of Suffolk Argus in electronic form after the meeting (the editor may ask for others).

Twm Wade - 20 January 2016


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