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Calendar of Events - March to June 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.

Spring is in the air again, so the coppicing / scrub-bashing season is drawing to a close, though in March there are still cut and burn activities on offer. As we move towards April though, the work turns to other types, with fencing, fen maintenance, ragwort-pulling and a mystery task planned.
On the social side, it's the time of year to be in the great outdoors, so we have plenty of reserve visits and walks planned, as well as a pub quiz night.
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 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
project Sun 4th Aldersbrook Scrub bash
We start the spring programme with a welcome return to Aldersbrook, on the northern edge of Headley, to resume our battle with the extensive blackthorn scrub that's invading this potentially fine grassland habitat. We will also continue the process of pushing back the bramble patches. This project falls within HWT's Enbourne Valley Living Landscapes area.
The precise meeting point will be provided by the task leader during the week beforehand.
Contact : on 420818.
project Sun 18th Pondtail Gorse Cut
This reserve is part of the heathland complex near to Fleet that is managed as part of the HWT 'Grazing Reserves' Project. Today's task is gorse 'coppicing' along a stream line, in the hope that the regrowth will be more dense and therefore make more suitable nesting habitat for the reserve's resident Dartford Warblers and other birds.
The precise meeting point will be provided by the task leader during the week beforehand.
Contact : on 07971 036166.
social Mon 19th Queen's College Arms Quiz night
We've decided to put in a team of quizzers at the regular Monday night quiz at the Queen's College Arms at Pamber End. The quiz usually starts around 9pm, but we'll be meeting up from 8pm.
Contact : on 420818.
project Sun 25th - Part 1 Pamber Forest Birch pull
Today's event is a half and half affair. A full day's birch pulling can wear the patience a little thin, so we thought we'd spend just a couple of hours doing this, working in the heathland area of the forest. We'll then stop for lunch before embarking on the second of the day's activities - see below for details.
The precise meeting point will be provided by the task leader during the week beforehand.
Contact : on 07848 007947.
social Sun 25th - Part 2 Pamber Forest Woodland Walk
We will spend the afternoon enjoying the forest at its spring-time peak, with a woodland-wildlife walk guided by Dave J. Hopefully we'll be able to find some adders, as well as butterflies and springtime flowers.
The precise meeting point will be provided by the task leader during the week beforehand.
Contact : on 420818.
April 2012
project Sun 1st Mapledurwell Fen Fen maintenance
Mapledurwell Fen is sometimes referred to as 'Hampshire's richest half acre', due to the variety and rarity of the species found there. In the absence of grazing, the reserve must be cut each year to prevent the coarser vegetation from smothering the rarer wet-land species.
There is some road-side parking, but it may be better to leave your car in the garden centre, which is next to the reserve. Grid Reference is SU678523.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
project Sun 15th Pamber Forest Deer Fencing
The winter's coppicing programme in Pamber went very well and that means that there are now plenty of just-cut hazel-stools about to re-shoot from the stumps. Those young shoots are among the favourite foods of the resident deer population, so we have to step in to prevent them browsing the new growth - this will reduce the vigour of the trees, and if the deer persistently nibble the new shoots, the hazel can even die.
Today marks the beginning of the process of erecting fencing around the areas that were coppiced during the winter.
The leader will send out details of the meeting point in the week before the task.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
social Sun 22nd Pamber Forest HWT Spring Walk
This is an official HWT event, but BCV members are welcome to attend. Dave J is leading a walk around Pamber Forest, staring at 10am, to include a pond-dip in the hope of finding some newts. A donation will be requested if you attend this walk.
Contact : on 420818.
meeting Wed 25th Paul's House Committee Meeting
We're meeting up at Paul's house to take stock of current activities and have a general discussion on all things BCV-related. All welcome. Starts at 7:30pm.
Contact : on 01635 49304.
May 2012
social Mon 7th Local Area Spring Walk
Dave will lead a walk at a yet-to-be-decided location within our home patch, starting at 10am.
Full details will be announced a little nearer the time. Please note new date for this event (was originally planned for 6th May).
Contact : on 420818.
project Sun 13th Pamber Forest Deer Fencing
Today we will continue the fencing programme that we began on 15th April - see that task for background information on this task.
The leader will send out details of the meeting point in the week before the task.
Contact : on 07425 160394.
social Sun 20th Hartslock, Goring Reserve Visit
Hartslock is a fine chalk-downland reserve in Oxfordshire, bordering the River Thames. It holds many delights, but on this walk our main aim will be to find its famous colony of monkey orchids. If the weather is good, there should be lots of butterflies around too.
Meet in the car park behind the Catherine Wheel pub in Goring (there may be a small charge for parking) at 10:30.
Contact : on 07425 160394.
project Sun 27th Pamber Forest Mystery
No - it's not birch pulling! Join us for something a little different from the normal work we carry out at Pamber Forest.
Full details and the meeting location will be provided shortly before the task.
Contact : on 01635 49304.
June 2012
social Tue 5th Old Burghclere Lime Pits Reserve Visit
It's the Jubilee long weekend and Graham is running an HWT butterfly walk at Old Burghclere Lime Pits. BCV members are welcome to attend, but a donation is requested.
Meet at the northern side of the farm storage yard, where there is ample parking, at 10am.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
social Fri 8th To be decided Pub and Nightjars
We'll start the evening at around 8pm at either The Plough in Little London or the Red Lion in Mortimer West End. After a couple drinks, as dusk approaches we'll then head out and look for nightjars. If we're in luck, we will hear their unique calls and see the males displaying.
More details will be sent out a few days beforehand.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
meeting Wed 13th Red Lion Pub Committee Meeting
It's time to plan the July to October programme of events, so we will be meeting up at The Red Lion in Mortimer West End. All welcome. The meeting will start at 7:30pm.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
project Sun 17th Foxlease Meadow Ragwort Removal
This reserve, which is close to Fleet, has seen great progress in recent years, with the establishment of a targeted grazing regime - the best way to maximize the wildlife value of the meadows.
Unfortunately for us and them, ragwort is poisonous to the grazing animals, so it needs to be removed. This is today's task.
Meeting point will be sent out in the week before the task.
Contact : on 07771 805000.
July 2012 onwards
Full details for July onwards will appear towards the end of June ...
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