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Calendar of Events - February to June 2008

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 programme until June 2008 are below. Spring is upon us, so our activities now move away from coppicing and scrub-bashing. March sees some final cutting work, including a day felling small pines at Pamber, before the arrival of April brings us to a mixture of construction work - lots of deer fencing at Pamber, stock fencing at Noar Hill and making a kissing gate at North Warnborough Green.
On the social side we're making use of the warmer weather to hunt out nightjars at Silchester, Snakes-head Fritillaries at Stratfield Saye, birds on the south coast and the dawn chorus at Pamber Forest (followed by an outdoor cooked breakfast!). For the less energetic, we're also holding a games evening and a couple of pub nights ...


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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February 2008
social Fri 8th Calleva Arms Pub evening
Join us for a popular social evening at the Calleva Arms, Silchester, from 7:30pm.
Contact : .
project Sun 17th Greenham Common Scrub bashing
The Common is under management of West Berkshire Council, who aim to maintain and enhance the wildlife interest of this large heathland, now that the USAF has vacated the site. We will be combining our effort with Greenham and Crookham Common CV. The task will be decided nearer the time but usually ends up with a large fire - ideal for roasting your chestnuts! The meeting place will be the control tower car park, off Bury's Bank Road on the northern edge of the common (SU 499 651).
Contact : on 420818.
social Fri 22nd Mike's house Photo evening
A chance to show any wildlife pics you may have taken recently and to see what others have captured. Could be on slides, but prints, DVD, artwork (even sound files!) would all be welcome. Start at 7:30pm.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
project Sun 24th Pamber Forest Stake making
Last summer Pamber Forest's stock of stakes was lost when the store was set alight. BCV will be bark stripping and splitting the chestnut poles to make fencing stakes in the traditional manner. These will be used in the spring for deer fencing the coppiced area cut this winter. Phone the leader for details of the meeting point.
Contact : on 474531.
March 2008
project Sun 9th Ancell's Farm Tussock cutting
This wet heathland is now grazed as part of a network in north-east Hampshire, mostly on military training areas. It has a good range of dragonflies and unusual bog flora. Purple Moor Grass, although valuable for spiders and other invertebrates, is dominant in some areas and needs to be knocked back. BCV will be cutting the tussocks with a brush cutter and then raking up and removing them from the area. This will help a more varied flora to flourish. Park on the verge at site entrance (SU 823 557).
Leader : on 01635 268482.
social Fri 14th White Hart, Charter Alley Pun evening
Come and join us for a popular pub evening at The White Hart in Charter Alley. Meet anytome from 7:30 onwards.
Contact : on 420818 for further details.
project Sun 16th Pamber Forest Felling small Pines
BCV's home site is a 195 hectare ancient woodland, managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust. On the west side of the Forest, quite large areas on the poorer soils were planted with Scots Pine. Quite a lot of this has been removed since the Forest became a nature reserve, and Bilbury and Heather has reappeared. In some areas the Scots Pine is regenerating and this needs to be cut down to allow flora of heathy-woodland to gain the upper hand. These areas are good for insects, like the Wood Ant and reptiles, like the Common Lizard. Meet at Forest Lane entrance (SU 611 610).
Contact : on 01189 700155.
social Fri 28th Games evening Tina's house
Tina is hosting this, so come and bring your favourite games and a few nibbles. Please let her know if you will be joining us. Start time is 7pm.
Contact : for further details.
project Sun 30th Burghclere Railway Cutting Scrub-bash
As well as forming an important wildlife corridor, the cutting is also home to some interesting plants, that a few years ago were discovered to have colonised the side of the old cutting. These plants are now in danger of being covered by the encroaching scrub and BCV needs to stop this. Small, remote sites like this rarely get the management they deserve, so BCV's input is crucial here. Meet at SU 476 593. Limited parking at the side of the farm track.
Contact : on 320898.
April 2008
meeting Wed 2nd Dave's house Committee Meeting
All welcome, starting at 8pm. Come round to Dave’s house where he will be passing round the Jaffa Cakes.
Contact : on 420818.
project Sun 13th Pamber Forest Deer exclosures
By now shoots will be forming on the hazel coppice stools we cut last winter. All the newly-cut coppice must be fenced by the start of June when deer numbers are at their peak and they start to munch on the tasty buds. Deer browsing can kill the stools and opens up lower vegetation making it a worse habitat for nesting birds. Meet at Burney Bit car park (SU 618 612).
Contact : on 420818.
social Wed 23rd Field trip Stratfield Saye
We will be going to see the impressive display of Snakes Head Fritillaries at Stratfield Saye. Park on the roadside at grid reference SU 705 629 and cross the first field to see the best show. May be damp underfoot (or underknee if you are taking photos!). We're aiming to meet up at 6:30pm. Maybe a drink in a pub afterwards.
Contact : on 01635 268482 for further details.
project Sun 27th Noar Hill Stock Fencing
Once a medieval chalk pit, this is now one of southern England's best known chalk grassland sites. It is home to many orchids and last year created much excitement when it produced a very rare Autumn generation of Duke of Burgundy butterflies. Grazing by the Wildlife Trust's cattle and sheep is essential in maintaining the condition of the grassland, but there are yew trees on site which could potentially poison the stock. BCV will be building a fence around the trees for the safety of the animals. Park at the southern entrance to the site at SU 737 321.
Contact : on 320898.
May 2008
social Sun 4th Pamber Forest Dawn chorus
This event is run in association with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day 2008. We will be meeting at Impstone Road Car Park at 4:30am and venturing into Pamber Forest to hear the woodland songsters. There will be a private BCV breakfast afterwards so bring something for a fry up.
Contact : on 420818.
project Sun 11th Pamber Forest Deer exclosures
Ths is a continuation of the work started on April 13th. All the newly-cut coppice from the winter's projects must be fenced by the start of June when deer numbers are at their peak and they start to munch on the tasty buds. Deer browsing can kill the stools and opens up lower vegetation making it a worse habitat for nesting birds. Meet at Burney Bit car park (SU 618 612).
Contact : on 01635 49304.
social Sun 18th TBA Birdwatching Trip
A day trip to see birds, probably on the south coast, but venue and timing to be decided nearer the time. Bring a packed lunch, and of course your bins.
Contact : on 01635 268482 for full details.
project Sun 25th Pamber Forest Deer exclosures
Ths is a continuation of the work started on April 13th and May 11th. All the newly-cut coppice from the winter's projects must be fenced by the start of June when deer numbers are at their peak and they start to munch on the tasty buds. Deer browsing can kill the stools and opens up lower vegetation making it a worse habitat for nesting birds. Meet at Burney Bit car park (SU 618 612).
Contact : on 420818.
June 2008
social/meeting Fri 6th Calleva Arms / Silchester Meeting then Nightjars
We'll be meeting at the Calleva Arms for a committee meeting at 7:30pm (every welcome), and then some time after 9pm we'll head out onto Silchester Common to see and hear the Nightjars.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
project Sun 8th Old Burghclere Lime Pits Step Removal
Old Burghclere was once the source of the finest lime used in the manufacture of plaster ceiling decorations. It closed in 1940 and the bare chalk was colonised by an array of plants and insects now rare in the surrounding agricultural landscape. The flagship species include the Fly Orchid which has now got its own bio-diversity action plan, as it has declined in the UK. It has been decided to remove the steps and stop maintaining one of the paths in order to concentrate on vital habitat management. Park in the farmyard at SU 469 577.
Contact : on 474531.
project Sun 22th North Warnborough Kissing Gate installation
The north part of the Green, where we will be working, is secondary woodland as a result of the cessation of grazing. In spite of this there is a nice colony of wild chamomile, and grass snakes. BCV will be upgrading the stile at the north end of the footpath to a kissing gate. Meet in the lay-by at the side of the A287 at SU 728 526 .
Contact : on 01189 700702.
July 2008 onwards
Details of events from July 2008 onwards will be published towards the end of June ...
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