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Calendar of Events - February to June 2011

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.

The spring programme marks the final few tasks of the winter season (coppicing and scrub bashing) and the start of summer tasks, such as fencing.
So, we have your last chance to do some coppicing in Pamber Forest before the autumn, and some scrub bashing, including a new site for BCV - Knightsbridge Farm, which is near Headley. When we move into April, our focus turns to fencing, with Pamber Forest and Foxlease Meadow to the fore.
On the social side, we have an American-theme food evening and another quiz night. As the season turns, so we look to enjoy more outdoor events - we have a spring-time walk in Pamber Forest, a hunt for nightingales at Hosehill Lake and a walk on the south-coast to Hurst Castle planned.
Full details below ...


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 2011
meeting Wed 2nd Red Lion Committee Meeting
Starting at 7:30pm, we'll be planning the next programme of events. All welcome.
Contact on 420818.
project Sun 6th Long Valley Scrub Bash
After dedicating our efforts on Pamber Forest during December and January, it's high time that we had a change of scene. For this task, we're heading east from Basingstoke to Fleet, to work on the HWT reserve at Long Valley, which is a smallish section of an enormous SSSI which covers in excess of 800 hectares of heathland and acidic grasslands. The reserve has good numbers of breeding Dartford warblers, nightjars and woodlark, all of which are now extremely rare and threatened heathland birds.
Today's task is to clear, and then burn, some dense birch, willow and gorse scrub which has regenerated over the years. By clearing the scrub we are maintaining the conditions needed by the above birds to breed successfully. It is quite likely that today's task will be wet underfoot, so please wear wellies.
Meet in the lay-by on southern side of Aldershot Road at SU 824 525, west of the Forester's Pub.
Contact : on 01256 420818.
project Sun 13th Pamber Forest Coppicing
Back to Pamber for another coppicing task. Hopefully by this time we'll have most of the coppicing done and there may even be some early signs of Spring in the air.
Please contact the leader to confirm the meeting point.
Contact : on 07771 805000.
social Sat 19th Basingstoke Curry Night
Come and join us for a Curry Night at The Spice in Basingstoke. We’ll need to know numbers in advance to make a booking, so please contact Dave by Sunday 13th to let him know you want to go.
Contact : on 01256 420818.
project Sun 27th Headley Gravel Pit Scrub bash
Headley gravel pit is an HWT reserve bordering the village of Headley, between Kingsclere and Newbury. The reserve is renowned for its springtime display of green-winged orchids, but is also home to many other threatened species, such as the grizzled and dingy skipper butterflies.
We'll be scrub bashing in the transitional area between the grassland and woodland, where we cut on rotation for structural diversity and to prevent encroachment onto the grassland area.
If there's time, we will also open up a glade in the wooded area to the west of the reserve, with the aim of restoring grassland that was present there in the recent past.
If you are driving to the reserve, it's safest to park on Ashford Hill Road in Headley and then walk north-west along the A339 to the reserve entrance (on the left) at SU 512628.
Contact : on 07848 007947.
March 2011
project Sun 6th Knightsbridge Farm Scrub bash
This is a new site for BCV. The owner has asked HWT for advice on managing a meadow that he owns near Headley. A management plan has now been produced and part of this plan is to reverse the encroachment of scrub into the meadow.
The owner has now asked BCV to help clear this invasive scrub. Hopefully this will eventually result in the area of good quality meadow being extended.
Exact meeting place will be announced in the week leading up to the task.
Contact on 01189 700155.
project Sun 20th Pondtail Heath Gorse and Birch Bash
This event will be birch and gorse cutting at Pondtail, a beautiful wet heath which sits nicely between the Basingstoke Canal and Fleet Pond.
The gorse and birch scrub has become very dense and prickly over the years, so please wear thick clothing and long sleeves to avoid prickles and scratches. This task will help keep the heath open which is the way plants, insects and reptiles love it. It will also help the gorse re-grow in a way that makes it more appealing to nesting birds.
Meet at end of eastern Pondtail Road in Fleet. This is a residential area, so please show consideration to residents when parking. Start time for this task is 10:30.
Contact on 01256 420818.
social Sat 26th Dave's House Food Evening
We have an American theme for this food evening at Dave's house, starting at 6:30pm. As per usual, everyone should bring along a contribution on the theme - homemade if at all possible.
Contact : on 01256 420818 for further details and to tell him what you'll be bringing.
project Sun 27th Pamber Forest Deer fencing
Today marks the transition to 'summer activities' in the forest. Having spent the winter pressing on with the long term coppicing programme, it's now time to start erecting fences around the newly coppiced plots. The fences are needed to protect the new shoots that will arise from the cut shrubs and trees over the coming months. No fence means no protection from the local deer population which love the tender new shoots. At best the grazing slows down the regeneration of the trees – at worst, it can kill them.
Please contact the leader during the week before the task to confirm the meeting point.
Contact : on 07538 699068.
April 2011
social Sat 9th Tina's House Quiz Evening
Tina is hosting another BCV quiz. The number 1 question is: can anyone beat Mike? To-date, the answer is a resounding 'no', but we live in hope … This is always a good evening, enjoyed by all, win or lose. Entrants should bring along 20 questions to throw into the mix. Start time is 7pm.
Contact : .
project Sun 10th Pamber Forest Deer fencing
Today we will continue the fencing work started on March 27th. Please see here for details.
Please contact the leader during the week before the task to confirm the meeting point.
Contact : on 01635 49304.
meeting Wed 13th Paul's House Committee Meeting
Starting at 7:30pm, Paul is hosting the mid-programme committee meeting. There's less business to conduct at this time, so there is a chance to discuss long-term plans and wider issues, as well as the nitty-gritty of keeping BCV rolling along. All welcome.
Contact on 01635 49304.
social Sat 16th Pamber Forest Spring-time walk
Last year's spring walk in Pamber was a great success with several adder sightings enjoyed by all. So, Dave has agreed to lead another walk this year – it will be slightly later in the year, but this is probably the prime time to visit ancient woodland in Britain. The spring flowers should be nearing their peak, the birds will be singing their hearts out, and with kind weather there will be plenty of butterflies and other insects on the wing. Start time is 2pm at the car park on Impstone Road.
Contact : on 01256 420818 for more details.
project Sun 17th Foxlease Meadow Stock fencing
Today's task is to press on with fencing a new field on the meadow system, to enable grazing in the future. This grazing will help to improve the meadow for bats and will also provide additional land for winter grazing for the cattle from the adjoining SSSI.
The work will involve the construction of post and wire fencing and possibly the installation of field and bridal gates.
Please meet behind the King George V cottages off Minley Road, near to the Crown and Cushion pub. This is a joint task with the HWT Fleet Reserves team. Start time is 10:30
Contact : on 07848 007947.
May 2011
project Sun 15th Foxlease Meadow Stock fencing
Today's task is to continue the work started on April 17th. Click here for details.
Please meet behind the King George V cottages off Minley Road, near to the Crown and Cushion pub. This is a joint task with the HWT Fleet Reserves team. Start time is 10:30
Contact : on 01635 268482.
social Fri 20th Pub and Hosehill Lake Evening walk
Dave is guiding this exploration of Hosehill Lake, near to Theale. The Lake is a local nature reserve and we're on the hunt for nightingales, but there's plenty of other interest too.
The entrance to the lake happens to be opposite a pub – a chance not be missed, so we'll start the evening in The Fox and Hounds at 6pm for some food. The address of the pub is Sunnyside, Station Road, Theale.
If 6pm is a bit early for you, or you don't wish to eat at the pub, join us there before 7:30, when we'll head out and start walking.
Contact : on 01256 420818 for more details.
project Sun 22nd Pamber Forest Deer fencing
Today we will continue the fencing work started on March 27th. Please see here for details.
Please contact the leader during the week before the task to confirm the meeting point.
Contact : on 07971 036166.
social Sun 29th South Coast Birds and Flowers Walk
Today we're heading off to the south coast – hopefully to see lots of birds and find some rare maritime flowers. We will be walking out to Hurst Castle along the shingle bank from Keyhaven. As we walk, Keyhaven and Pennington marshes, a bird hot-spot, will be to our east, and the bank beneath our feet should hold lots of botanical interest.
Contact : on 01635 268482 for more details, including times and meeting place.
June 2011
meeting Wed 1st Red Lion Pub, Mortimer West End Committee Meeting
It's time to start planning the summer / autumn events-programme, so we're meeting at the Red Lion in Mortimer West End. All welcome. Start time 7:30.
Contact on 01256 420818.
project Sun 19th Pamber Forest Deer fencing
Today we will continue the fencing work started on March 27th. Please see here for details.
Please contact the leader during the week before the task to confirm the meeting point.
Contact : on 07771 805000.
July 2011
Full details of the programme from July 2011 onwards will be published sometime in June ...
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