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Calendar of Events until June 2006

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 February to June 2006 programme are below. The winter conservation tasks are now in full siwng, but spring and summer activities wil soon take their place. We'll be finishing off the coppicing work on the north side of the ride in Upper Inham's Copse, and there's plenty more scrub bashing to do before the arrival of Spring. April and May sees a change of emphasis, as path work and fencing become the focus of the work. By the time June comes around, it'll be time for the first hay raking tasks of the Summer.
We've got a bumper round of varied socials planned. In the great outdoors, we have site visits, a bike ride, a summer walk, an art event and a game of rounders lined up. Indoors we'll be having committee meetings, a games evening, a pub quiz and a food evening.


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.

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Colour key : Social project Meeting

February
project Sun 5th Pamber Forest Coppicing
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, since 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. On this task we will be continuing Winter Coppicing and building a dead-hedge to protect the trees from deer when they re-grow in the Spring. Details of the meeting point may vary, so phone the leader before the task for latest information.
Leader : on 01189 700155.
social Sat 11th Dave J's House Games Evening
Always one of the most popular and enjoyable evenings we organize. We're never too sure what games we'll end playing, but it invariably results in lots of fun and laughter. If you have your own favourite, please bring it along. First dice-throw at 7:30pm.
Contact on 420818 for more details.
project Sun 19th Old Burghclere Railway Cuttings Scrub bashing
This site was found by Peter Billingshurst the voluntary site manager at the Lime Quarry. It is designated as a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) and needs annual cutting to maintain and hopefully improve the flora on the deep cutting sides. Park at the junction of the track and road at SU 476 593. The site is at 473 592.
Leader : on 474531.
social Thu 23rd Tina's House Games Evening
Always one of the most popular and enjoyable evenings we organize. We're never too sure what games we'll end playing, but it invariably results in lots of fun and laughter. If you have your own favourite, please bring it along. First dice-throw at 7:30pm.
Contact for more details.
March
project Sun 12th Snelsmore Common Scrub bash
This is BCV's second visit to this heathland and acid woodland north of Newbury. We will probably be removing birch from the valley mire, so wellies may be sensible. This is the third anniversary of the "Old Scrubbers", the site's dedicated volunteer team, with whom we will be working. Keith the ranger has promised a birthday cake as well as the usual potatoes and parsnips to bake in the fire. It may be possible to see Europe's rarest fungus, which has recently been discovered here. Meet on site at the main car park at SU 463 710.
Leader : on 420818.
meeting Thu 16th Russ and Anna's Committee Meeting
All welcome to come along and discuss what's happening within the group. Contact or Anna on 329398 for details.
project Sun 19th Upper Inham's Copse Coppicing
Inham's Copse is a recent addition to Hampshire Wildlife Trust's reserves in the north of the county, which is being restored after partial coniferisation. It is an ancient woodland which forms part of the Pamber Forest and Silchester Commons SSSI. The focus of much of BCV's Winter coppicing activity, this will probably be our last visit to the site before the nesting season. Check with Graham Dennis or the project leader David Smith to confirm details in the preceding week.
Leader : on 474934.
social Sat 25th Dave J's House Italian Food Evening
A benisimo bonanza of Continental fare will await BCV members (and guests) at Dave J`s house from 6.30pm. Please phone to let Dave know you are coming and what dish you will bring.
Contact on 420818 for more details.
project Sun 26th Bartley Heath Birch bash
The large heathland Common just south of the village of Hook has been famous with botanists for many years for rarities like Marsh Gentian and the recently rediscovered wetland plant, Starfruit. As with most Commons, the condition of the site, as far as the natural history interest goes, began to decline when Commoners stopped stock grazing. With grazing now re-established the site is showing improvements, but additional control of birch -- which is less than palatable -- will be needed for some time. Meet on site at the Holt Lane entrance at SU 733 535.
Leader : on 01635 49304.
April
project Sun 9th Aldermaston Gravel Pits Path work
Some 24 hectares of flooded gravel pits, swamp and wet woodland attract large numbers of wintering wetland birds, which has resulted in this area being designated an SSSI in 1955. Continuing gravel washing operations on the site has caused silting problems, but the aggregate company will soon be leaving and is funding restoration over the next few years. BCV are returning after working on the boardwalk last year, which is now nearly completed. This time we will probably be surfacing some paths. The reserve is not open to the public during the restoration phase, so this is a rare opportunity to look around. Parking near The Butt Inn pub (SU 601 669) is tight so lift share if possible. Meet at the southern access point at the side of the A340 (SU 596 665).
Leader : on 01189 700155.
social Mon 17th The Plough Inn Pub Quiz
The Plough at Little London is a fine old pub and a few of us want to meet there for their quiz. To get there, drive from Basingstoke towards Tadley and turn right at The College Arms, then left to the village of Little London. Cross a small bridge in the heart of the village, ascend a short hill and the pub is on the left. Conversely, head south from the Calleva Arms in Silchester along the Little London road. We'll meet any time after 7.30pm.
project Sun 23rd Pamber Forest Ride surfacing
Pamber Forest is proably the best ancient woodland in the north of Hampshire. It is valuable for plants, reptiles and birds, but has been famous for insects since it was visited by Victorian naturalists. The rides and paths of the Forest are used by tractors and Land Rovers, horse riders, mountain bikers and pedestrians, so the network of paths is being continually repaired and upgraded during the Summer. That way they are passable during the Winter. BCV will be making good the ride surface. Check with Graham or Ray to confirm details in the preceding week. Due to some logistical problems, the task will now be ride widening, and we will meet at the Honeymill Brook entrance. Contact Ray or Graham for full details.
Leader : .
May
social Mon 1st Mystery Bike Ride
Enjoy the extra day off work and come along for a May Day bike ride with Dave. Full details from Dave a little nearer the time.
Contact : on 420818.
social Sat 6th Mike's House Photo evening
Mike is hosting this evening of photos. Bring any slides, prints or digital photos that you think will be of interest.
Contact : on 326339.
project Sun 7th Pamber Forest Deer fencing
The Forest has been the scene of coppicing activities by contractors during the Winter. BCV will be fencing off the opened areas before the flush of spring shoots attracts the attention of the substantial Roe Deer population. If the weather is sunny this will be a good time to see the Spring butterflies that the habitat management in the Forest is benefiting. Contact Graham or Paul to confirm which entrance we will be using.
Leader : on 01635 49304.
meeting Thu 11th Red Lion Committee Meeting
All welcome to come along to the Red Lion in Mortimer West End for this committee meeting. It'll be time to plan the next programme of events, so this is your chance to air your ideas and suggestions. Meet at the pub at around 8pm. Note new date!
social Sun 14th Upper Inham's Copse Arts
Meet on site any time after 9am, to exercise your artistic skills. Whether photography, painting, sketching or something else, you'll be in the company of others who are pure amateurs!
project Sun 21st Pamber Forest Deer fencing
We'll be continuing the work started on the 7th.
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries should be flying now, so it is worth bringing a camera to photograph this attractive butterfly. Contact Graham or Mike to confirm the work and which entrance we will be using.
Leader : on 326339.
social Sun 28th Inkpen Area Summer Walk
Starting at 10.15am, this walk is through the rural landscape around the villages of Inkpen and Lower Green, just west of Newbury. It will be about 7 miles long, with a picnic lunch - which you`ll need to bring - on Inkpen Common, a BBOWT heathland nature reserve. An alternative lunch venue is an excellent pub just a short stroll away. We hope to arrange car-sharing for those living in Basingstoke.
Contact : on 01635 49304 for more details.
June
project Sun 4th Pamber Forest Ride work
We will be digging gravel from Bowmont's Brook and using it to surface a nearby path. Contact Graham or Russ to confirm the work and which entrance we will be using
Leader : on 329398.
social Fri 9th Silchester Green Rounders
Time to re-ignite the old rivalry between BCV and Bec. If you can run, or throw or catch or ... then BCV needs you! The game will start at 7pm. Contact for more details.
project Sun 11th Noar Hill Scrub bash
This is chalk grassland with patchy scrub that has developed on the site of medieval chalk pits. It is a honey pot for naturalists, with many species of orchid and scarce insects such as the Rufous Grasshopper and Brown Hairstreak Butterfly. BCV will be cutting scrub in the top pit and raking hay. Meet on site at the north entrance track (SU 738 323). Note - anyone attending the garage for a lift should be there at 9.15am sharp.
Leader : on 326339.
social Thu 22nd Aldermaston GP Site visit
We're hoping to arrange a summer visit to Aldermaston Gravel Pits to enjoy the flora and fauna is has to offer. There is no standard public access to the site, so we'll need to arrange this with BBOWT beforehand. If we are allowed access, then we'll be meeting at 7pm. It is essential to contact on 420818 beforehand to both confirm that the event is happening and where to meet.
project Sun 25th Pamber Forest Hay raking
It must be high summer! A strip of grassland through the Forest is managed in the fashion of a hay meadow. It is cut by a tractor with a topper, followed by BCV who rake and stack the cut hay every year. The grassland is used by many insects which favour grasses as a food plant like Ringlets and Skipper butterflies, and is valuable for small mammals. The hay stacks make good egg laying sites for grass snakes.
Leader : on 420818.
July
Details of events from July onwards will be published in June.
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