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Calendar of Events until September 2005

It is a good idea to contact the organizer or task leader of the events before attending so that we can cater for numbers and arrange lifts if needed. All telephone numbers are Basingstoke area (01256) unless the code is given - you should also be able to contact the leader during the 2 days leading up to the task on the leader's mobile phone (the number is in the newsletter). Meet at 10am at the project site or at the toolshed at 9.30, unless other times are given. The numbers are OS grid references of the meet up point for the projects. Some of the sites are difficult to find, so if it's your first visit to a site, we'd recommend meeting us at the toolshed and then following the leader (who should know where he/she is going!) to the site.
Details in red are changes from the programme published in the newsletter.

Details of the May 2005 to October 2005 programme are below. We have plenty of sites to work on, including, for BCV's first time, Greenham Common and Hatchwarren Old Down. Of course, there's plenty to do at Pamber Forest through the summer, and we'll also be working on other HWT reserves - Greywell Moors, Old Burghclere Lime Pits and North Warnborough Greens.
On the social side, there are plenty of events planned too - the details will be appearing here shortly.


The tables below give a quick overview of when events are happening - click on the month name in a table's header to jump to details of events happening during that month, or click on the date to jump straight to details of that event. Hover your mouse over the info icon to get brief pop-up info on the event.

May 2005
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June 2005
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July 2005
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August 2005
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September 2005
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Colour key : Social project Meeting

May
social Sun 1st Walk Mystery Location
Celebrate May Day with a walk in our local countryside, hopefully with some fine Spring weather. As usual, the walk will be no more than 10 miles, with a pub stop at lunchtime. Expected start time is 10am.
Contact : on 326339.
project Sun 8th Pamber Forest Fencing
While BCV spend the winter at Pamber coppicing on a small scale, a larger area is usually cleared by contractors, which then requires fencing to protect the regrowth from deer grazing. This year, the 2 hectare plot is in Upper Inhams Copse, a relatively new addition to the north-east side of the reserve. This will be a good introduction for those who have not seen the area before.
Leader : on 01635 49304.
social Sat 14th Birdwatching Keyhaven
Just for a change, we thought we'd go birdwatching at a time of year when there's a reasonable chance of not getting freezing cold! We've been unlucky (to say the least) with the weather on previous visits to Keyhaven, so it's time we had a fine day on which to enjoy all that the Lymington and Keyhaven Nature Reserve has to offer.
Note that the newsletter has the wrong date for this event (March 12).
Contact : on 01189 700155 for more details.
project Sun 22nd Pamber Forest Fencing
While BCV spend the winter at Pamber coppicing on a small scale, a larger area is usually cleared by contractors, which then requires fencing to protect the regrowth from deer grazing. This year, the 2 hectare plot is in Upper Inhams Copse, a relatively new addition to the north-east side of the reserve. This will be a good introduction for those who have not seen the area before.
Leader : on 474934.
June
project Sun 5th Hatchwarren Old Down Tree Guard Removal
Although planting trees is a very popular activity, many plantings fail because of lack of care of the young trees. Old Down used to be part of the Manydown Estate but ownership was transferred to the borough council as part of the Gabriel Park development. Between 2000/2001 the site was sown with a native fine grass mix of bents and Fescues and planted with a mix of native tree species. The trees are now well established, but the guards are starting to affect the growth and so need removing. Meet at the top of Kempshott Lane at grid reference SU600489.
Leader : on 0118 9700155.
social Sun 12th From Cliddeson Bike Ride
Start at Cliddesden Primary School ( SU 485 483) at 10.00am. There will be prizes for those that cycle to the start in accordance with the Kyoto objectives! The route will be 18 miles long with a pub approximately half way. The terrain is moderately hilly but we will be pedalling slowly.
Contact on 420818 for further details.
social Fri 24th Calleva Arms Moths, bats and Nightjars
Meet at Calleva Arms pub in Silchester. We'll probably find time for a drink or two before heading off in search of moths, bats and nightjars on Silchester Common. Plan for a late night if you want to see lots of moths. Fingers crossed for a dry and warm evening!
Contact on 01189 700155 for more details.
project Sun 26th Pamber Forest Summer Jobs
Pamber Forest consists of 200 Ha of Ancient Woodland situated near Tadley. In association with Silchester common it forms a important complex of heathland, woodland and wetland habitats and is designated as a SSSI. Traditionally managed as a coppice woodland to provide material for local woodcraft industry, after WWII it grew increasingly shady as coppicing declined. Since 1978 it has been managed as a local nature reserve, with the rides opened up, coppice plots cut in the stream valleys and some grazed as wood pasture. It has a rich invertebrate fauna including Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly and Moths like the Drab Looper and Common Fan-foot. We will be either working to maintain the rides or controlling birch and pine invasion on the heathland.
Phone the leader in the week before the task to confirm the rendezvous.
Leader : .
July
meeting Thu 7th Dave J's Committee Meeting
Join us at Dave J's, starting at 8pm. All welcome.
Contact on 420818 for further details.
social Sun 10th Graham's House BBQ
The BBQ will start at 6.00pm and people will be expected to bring the usual stuff - something to cook on the Barbie, some drinks and nibbles/baps/salady things. Graham will be running the moth trap for those that want to stay on later.
Contact on 01189 700155 if you'd like to join us.
project Sun 17th Pamber Forest Summer Jobs
Pamber Forest consists of 200 Ha of Ancient Woodland situated near Tadley. In association with Silchester Common it forms an important complex of heathland, woodland and wetland habitats and is designated as a SSSI. Traditionally managed as a coppice woodland to provide material for the local woodcraft industry, after WWII it grew increasingly shady as coppicing declined. Since 1978 it has been managed as a local nature reserve, with the rides opened up, coppice plots cut in the stream valleys and some areas grazed as wood pasture. It has a rich invertebrate fauna including Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly and moths like the Drab Looper and Common Fan-foot. We will be either working to maintain the rides or controlling birch and pine invasion on the heathland.
Phone the leader in the week before the task to confirm the rendezvous.
Leader : on 01256 326339.
project Sun 24th Old Burghclere Lime Pits Grass Cutting
Lime from Old Burgclere was used to make plaster ceiling ornaments, but it closed as a working quarry in 1940. It has now become an isolated gem of chalk downland amidst an arable landscape. Management of the site is a careful balancing act between stopping scrub encroachment and controlling rabbit grazing at a point that allows plants to set seed. Hopefully our work will help to re-establish the colony of Small Blue butterflies at the site. The job on the day will be cutting the grass inside the rabbit exclosures and some footpath work if time permits.
Park in the farmyard at grid reference SU 469 577 and meet at the pit, grid reference SU 471 575.
Leader : on 01256 420818.
project Sun 31st Greywell Moors Alder and Reed Cutting
Situated 8 miles to the east of Basingstoke, Greywell Moors is a wetland at the head of the River Whitewater. The water running from the chalk makes this a calcareous fen and a location for many uncommon plants like the impressive Marsh Helleborine. The site has suffered from lack of grazing and encroachment of alder carr woodland. Management under Hampshire wildlife Trust has reversed this trend and it is now grazed again. The work will involve cutting some more alder trees and dense reeds.
Meet at Greywell water pumping station, grid reference SU 723 514.
Leader : on 326339.
August
project Sun 14th Pamber Forest Haymaking
We will be raking and stacking the damp grass strip than runs to the south of Bowmont's brook. This area has good numbers of Ladies Smock, one of the food plants of the Orange Tip butterfly which is often found here. The grass heaps are good sites for grass snakes. There may be time to do further work on the ride edges.
Leader : on 420818.
social Sun 21st Ashford Hill Art Event
Anyone interested in wielding a paintbrush or pencil should attend this event at Ashford Hill Nature Reserve, near Baughurst. Meeting time is 10am, outside the Ship Inn. It doesn't matter if you think you are rubbish - none of us are that good.
Contact on 420818 for more details.
September
project Sun 4th Pamber Forest Coppicing
Time to begin the Winter coppicing. This process involves cutting understorey trees down to the ground, letting light reach the woodland floor, benefiting plants and insects. The trees grow back over the following years, before the process is repeated.
Leader : on 01635 49304.
social Sat 10th Russell's House Games evening
Meet at Russell's House from 7pm for an evening of light-hearted games. Bring along your own favourite if you're keen to show your prowess!
Contact on 329398 for more details.
project Sun 18th Greenham Common Scrub Bashing
Incredibly this is BCV's first visit to this site, made an icon of the cold war by the women's peace camp. The Common is under management of West Berkshire Council, who aim to maintain and enhance the wildlife interest of this large heathland. The task will either be birch invasion of the heathland or sycamore removal from inappropriate places in the wet woodland edges of the common.
The meeting place is the control tower car park, off Bury's Bank Road on the northern edge of the common (SU 499 651).
Leader : on 474934.
meeting Mon 19th Red Lion, Mortimer West End Committee Meeting
Join us at the Red Lion Pub at 8pm, to plan the Autumn's events and enjoy a few drinks. All welcome.
Contact on 420818 for further details.
project Sun 25th Pamber Forest Coppicing
Winter coppicing continued. This process involves cutting understorey trees down to the ground, letting light reach the woodland floor, benefiting plants and insects. The trees grow back over the following years, before the process is repeated.
Leader : on 474531.
social Sun 25th Four Horseshoes Pub Pub Quiz
What better way to round off the day after coppicing at Pamber, than to meet up at the pub, give your body a well earned rest, and instead put your mind to work in this excellent pub quiz. The Four Horseshoes is at Sherfield-on-Loddon. We'll meet at around 8pm, and the pub serves good food. The quiz usually starts at around 9pm.
Contact on 420818 for more details.
October
project Sun 9th Great Binfields Copse Coppicing
This woodland site is a remnant of the large amount of ancient woodland that once covered the Chineham area. The work will be cutting scallops into the north side of a wet ride that cuts through the site. The ride is good for Scaly Male fern and Common Spotted Orchids and White Admiral butterflies have been seen. Recently a number of Scots pine trees have been felled to open up the ride to more light.
Meet in the Chineham District Centre car park next to the Woodland (SU 658 544).
Leader : on 329398.
project Sun 23rd North Warnborough Greens Scrub Clearance
The common at North Warnborough is a wet meadow next to the River Whitewater. Marsh Helleborine, Early and Southern Marsh Orchids and the rarity Slender Spike-rush can be found growing here. New Forest ponies now graze the site for part of the year, helping to maintain the condition of the plant community. BCV will be clearing a patch of scrub that is encroaching at one corner of the meadow.
Site location is at SU 728 517, but parking may be tight so please share lifts if possible.
Leader : on 01635 49304.
November 2005 onwards
Details of events from November 2005 onwards will be published in October 2005.