Basingstoke Conservation Volunteers
Hands-on help for local wildlife

BCV Home About BCV Events Programme Latest News Attending a Task Contact BCV
Join Up! Conservation Links Sites directory Archive Members' Area Random Info

Calendar of Events - November 2011 to February 2012

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.

Autumn is well and truly upon us now, so we're into the very heart of the conservation year. As you'd expect, there's plenty of coppicing on offer, both in Pamber Forest and also the adjoining Upper Inham's Copse. We are also returning to Newnham for the next stage in rescuing the village pond to retain its colony of Great Crested Newts and working on a range of HWT "grazing project" reserves to maintain their heathland habitat. Add in a splash of hedge-planting, and there's a really good mixture to suit all tastes.
On the social side, we have a food evening and some silly pre-Christmas games planned. In the New Year, a hearty walk to clear out the cobwebs and for the culture vultures a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life. We're also squeezing in a bird watching walk. See you there!
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.

October 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2 icon 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 icon 10 icon 11 12 13 14 15 icon
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 icon 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
November 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 icon 7 8 9 10 11 12 icon
13 icon 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 icon 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
December 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3
4 icon 5 6 7 icon 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 icon
18 icon 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 icon 28 29 30 31
January 2012
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 icon 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 icon 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 icon 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 icon 30 31
February 2012
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 icon 9 10 11
12 icon 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 icon 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 icon 27 28 29
Colour key : Social Project Meeting Cancelled/moved Residential Project Multiple

October 2011
social Sun 2nd South Coast Bird watching
Early October is the prime time for birds to be returning to their wintering grounds after the breeding season. Join us at a location on the south coast to see what is passing through on the way to warmer climes. Exact times and meeting place will be provided a few days beforehand.
Contact on 01635 268482 for more details.
project Sun 9th Noar Hill Coppicing
Of all the places that we work, Noar Hill holds the record for the most species of orchid! This unique reserve lies on the South Downs chalk and in times past was mined, leading to a terrain of humps and hollows, creating an array of habitats and thus allowing many different plant species to find their particular niche.
Today we will be coppicing hazel in the adjacent woodland to improve its wildlife value.
Contact : on 01256 420818.
meeting Mon 10th Red Lion Pub Committee Meeting
It's time for us to organize the winter Events Programme. All are welcome to join us at the Red Lion in Mortimer West End at 7:30pm.
Please note new date!
social Sat 15th Dave's House Photo evening
Dave is hosting a photo evening, starting at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to bring along their own best pictures or to just turn up and enjoy what others have to show off. Don't bring too many - just selected highlights please.
Photos should be on digital media - either memory-sticks and/or flash cards.
Contact on 01256 420818 for more details.
project Sun 23rd Pamber Forest Coppicing
It's high time we had another coppicing task in Pamber Forest, and today is the day. We'll be continuing the work started on September 4th.
Contact : on 07971 036166.
November 2011
project Sun 6th Yateley Common Scrub bash
A new programme brings a new reserve for BCV and HWT. Today's task will be cutting and burning birch and gorse scrub on the open heath. The site is excellent for Dartford warblers and nightjars and this work should help ensure the habitat remains ideal for their nesting requirements.
Meet at Woodside car park, Yateley (SU 842 591) - map here.
Contact : on 01256 420818.
social Sat 12th Dave's House Food evening
Dave is hosting one of our popular food evenings. The theme for tonight is 'Small Islands' food, so there's plenty of scope to let your imagination flow. Bring along a contribution (home made if at all possible) to share with others, who will do likewise.
Contact on 01256 420818 for more details.
project Sun 13th Ecchinswell Hedge planting
Following on from a survey of hedges in the Ecchinswell Parish, HWT have been provided with funding to hopefully repair some of the hedges that are suffering from major gaps. We will be working with HWT and possibly some other volunteers, to plant new hedging plants into the gaps.
Exact meeting location is to be confirmed.
Contact : on 07848 007947.
project Sun 20th Newnham Pond clearance
After the very successful task at this pond in January, when we were joined by some friendly local volunteers, we're returning to help its colony of Great Crested Newts, under the guidance of an HWT management-plan. To avoid too much disturbance to the newts, we only clear out a fifth of the pond from typha each winter.
If there is time, we will move to the other side of the green where a smaller pond is totally engulfed in typha, so we'll clear as much as we can from that too.
Meet at the green in Newnham (SU 705 541) - map here.
Contact : on 01635 49304.
December 2011
project Sun 4th Inham's Copse Coppicing
We're making a welcome return to Inham's Copse, which butts onto Pamber Forest at its north eastern corner. We'll be continuing the coppice rotation programme of recent years.
Meeting point is at the end of Early Lands in Silchester - parking is on the left after entering the woods (SU 625 615).
Contact : on 07771 805000.
meeting Wed 7th Digby's house Committee Meeting
It's time for the mid-programme committee meeting, hosted tonight by Digby. Starts at 7:30pm.
Contact : on 01256 818092.
social Sat 17th Mike's House Silly Games
To celebrate the festive season, we are holding a silly games evening at Mike's house, from 7pm. Please bring along a couple of ideas for games, plus some seasonal nibbles and your choice of drink.
Contact on 01635 268482 for more details.
project Sun 18th Pamber Forest Coppicing
Today we will be continuing the coppicing task started in September, near to the Honeymill Brook entrance to the Forest. Let's hope the weather is a bit drier than on that occasion!
This is our traditional pre-Christmas task in Pamber, so why not bring along a few seasonal nibbles to enjoy around the fire at the end of the day?
Contact : on 07425 160394.
project Tue 27th Pamber Forest Coppicing
Yes, it's radical. It is a BCV task on a Tuesday. This is a bit of an experiment for us, but we thought the time between Christmas and the New Year can be a bit empty and a day in Pamber Forest could be the ideal antidote to the excesses of the previous couple of days.
We will be coppicing at the same location as on 18th December. The success or otherwise of this task will determine whether it becomes a regular feature in the BCV calendar.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
January 2012
social Sun 8th Local Area Winter Walk
Join us for a New Year walk in the north Hampshire countryside, starting at 10am. The route and meeting point will be announced a few days beforehand and I expect a pub lunch will be involved.
Contact on 01635 49304 for more details.
project Sun 15th Velmead Common Scrub clearance
This is another new site for BCV. Velmead Common lies just east of Fleet and north of Long Valley, where we will be working in February.
HWT are restoring the heathland habitat on the common, aided by a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. This task will be to remove scrub which has grown up on a ditch, separating two sections of heathland. The scrub is made up of gorse, birch and willow and will be burnt on site.
Meet just east of the Forester's Pub (SU 827 527) map here.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
social Sun 22th Reading Museum Visit
Dave is organising a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading - entrance is free (donation requested). See here for more information on the museum.
we plan to be there when it opens at 2pm.
Contact on 01256 420818 for more details.
project Sun 29th Inham's Copse Coppicing
Today we will continue the job started on December 4th.
We'll be continuing the coppice rotation programme of recent years.
Meeting point is at the end of Early Lands in Silchester - parking is on the left after entering the woods (SU 625 615).
Contact : on 01256 420818.
February 2012
meeting Wed 8th Red Lion Committee Meeting
At this meeting we will be planning the spring 2012 programme of tasks and social events. All welcome, starting at 7:30pm.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
project Sun 12th Pamber Forest Coppicing
The final visit to Pamber Forest in this task programme; we'll be coppicing once again. Exact details of the meeting place and work location will be announced a few days before the task.

Contact : on 07848 007947.
project Sun 19th Long Valley Scrub bash
This task will be to remove scattered birch, willow and gorse scrub from the open heath, to ensure it does not become too scrubbed over and fragmented. The open conditions will allow the heathland plants such as sundews, lousewort and cross-leaved heather to continue to flourish.
Meet in the lay-by on southern side of Aldershot road at SU 824 525, west of the Forester's Pub - map here.
Contact : on 07971 036166.
social Sun 26th Theale Area Bird watching and walk
We're finishing off this programme of events with a walk around the Theale Gravel Pits, lead by Mike, starting at 10am. There should be a good range of birds to be seen, both out on the water and in the surrounding countryside.
Full details and meeting place will be announced shortly beforehand.
Contact on 01635 268482 for more details.
March 2012 onwards
Full details for March onwards will appear in February ...
Basingstoke Conservation Volunteers
Hands-on help for local wildlife

BCV Home About BCV Events Programme Latest News Attending a Task Contact BCV
Join Up! Conservation Links Sites directory Archive Members' Area Random Info