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Calendar of Events - July to October 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.

We're taking things a little easier than normal at the start of the summer programme, with lots of social events, but just one task at the end of the month - haymaking in Pamber Forest. In August we'll be working on a couple of privately owned sites. Come September, we launch the coppicing season in Pamber Forest.
On the social side, the big event is our 25th anniversary celebration in August. After much debate, we have decided that the most inclusive option is to have a fun afternoon and evening enjoying some light hearted games at Silchester Playing Fields, with an evening barbecue to round off events. Fingers crossed for suitable weather!
There are many other events to enjoy too, including walks, dragonfly watching, flower finding and a moth night.

Note that we are now also advertising some locally based HWT events in our social calendar, usually those being run by either Dave Jewsbury or Graham Dennis. A small fee of £2 or £3 (in the form of a donation to the Trust) will generally be requested if you attend these events and more details should be available in the Events section of the HWT web-site. These events are denoted with the "HWT" prefix added to the description.

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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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
social Sun 1st Pamber Forest Butterfly Walk
HWT: Join Graham on this hunt for butterflies at Pamber Forest. If you're really lucky, you may see the elusive Purple Emperor, perhaps the most impressive UK butterfly species. Meet at Impstone Road entrance at 10am.
Full details at Butterflies of Pamber Forest on the HWT web-site.
social Sat 14th Micheldever Chalkies Reserve visit
HWT: Join Graham to see the special flowers on this restricted access reserve.
Meeting time is 2pm. Booking is essential on this event.
Full details at Micheldever Chalkies on the HWT web-site.
social Sun 15th Noar Hill Reserve visit
Today we'll be visiting the wonderful HWT reserve of Noar Hill, which nestles in the chalk download near to the village of Selbourne. There will definitely be lots of flora interest and weather permitting there should also be plenty of butterflies and other insects too.
Meet at the site entrance at 11am or the Toys'R'Us car park in Basingstoke at 10:15.
Contact : on 07425 160394.
task Sun 29th - Part 1 Pamber Forest Haymaking
It's high time that we got down to some work in this programme and today is the day. It's time for the annual hay cut at Pamber Forest on the glade near to Bowmont's Brook. This area is home to a wide range of plants and invertebrates which can't survive under the normal woodland canopy. Hopefully the meadow will already have been cut, so our task will be to remove the cut material, thus keeping nutrient levels low and the coarser species at bay.
The leader will provide details on the exact meeting point before the task.
We're hoping that the task will be finished soon after lunch, giving us the opportunity for the second part of today's plan (see 'Part 2' below for details).
Contact : on 01189 700155.
social Sun 29th - Part 2 Decoy Heath Reserve visit
As mentioned above, we're anticipating that the task scheduled for today will be finished shortly after lunch, so we plan to decamp to Decoy Heath, a nearby BBOWT reserve that, amongst other highlights, has many dragonflies. Hopefully we'll get to spend a couple of hours exploring the mixture of woodland, bog and heath in the summer sunshine.
Meet at the reserve entrance at 3pm if you are not attending today's task.
Contact : on 01189 700155.
August 2012
meeting Wed 1st Mike's house Committee Meeting
Time for the mid-programme committee meeting, hosted tonight by Mike. Discussion can be wide ranging and all members always welcome to join us.
Starting time is 8pm.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
task Sun 5th Sherbourne Meadow Summer maintenance
Today we are returning to this small, wet meadow at Sherbourne St John to help the owners maintain its wildlife value. There will probably be a variety of jobs to do and exact details will be announced shortly before the task, along with the meeting up details.
For this task it is important that you confirm your attendance with the leader beforehand, to arrange both parking and access.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
social Sun 12th Silchester Playing Fields 25th anniversary party
BCV started life in 1987, which means we are now 25 years old and we're throwing a party to celebrate. We are meeting up at Silchester playing fields for an afternoon of light hearted games (quoits, skittles, frisbee, boules etc), followed by an early evening BBQ. If possible, we would like everyone who attends to bring along some entertainment and also their own food supplies. Start time is 2pm.
More details will be sent out a week or so beforehand.
Contact : for more information.
task Sun 19th Aldersbrook Farm Scrub bash
This privately owned site, just north of Headley, has improved greatly during the last couple of years. This improvement has arisen through a combination of BCV's efforts to cut back a large blackthorn thicket and some bramble patches and the owner's efforts to establish a grazing regime. Today's task is to resume battle with the blackthorn to further increase the meadow area. Our last visit coincided with the single day of heavy rain this March, so we're hoping for more amenable conditions this time around!
The leader will send out details of the meeting up point in the week before the task.
Contact : on 07848 007947.
social Sat 25th Pamber Forest Flora and Insects Walk
HWT: Dave is leading this afternoon stroll through Pamber Forest, during which he'll be describing the flowers and insects seen. Meet at Impstone Road entrance at 2pm.
Contact : on 420818.
task Sun 26th Headley Gravel Pits Low-scrub cut
Just down the road from Aldersbrook is this fine HWT reserve, renowned for its green-winged orchids. The reserve has no organized grazing, though rabbits provide a little help on that front, so we need to cut some areas to prevent scrub invasion and thus maintain the open, grassy habitat. This will be today's task.
Note: Parking is very limited at the reserve entrance, so if you travel by car, please park in the lay-by 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 420818.
September 2012
social Sun 2nd Winchester and Winnal Moors Walk and visit
As summer begins to wane, we will be heading for a mixed day of activities in and around Winchester. For some of the day we will visit the HWT reserve of Winnal Moors, which lies within a short walk of the city centre. The remainder of the day will be spent in Winchester itself.
Exact schedule, meeting place and plans for the day will be announced nearer the time.
Contact : on 01635 268482.
task Sun 9th Pamber Forest Coppicing
It's September and it's Pamber Forest and that means only one thing - the start of the new coppicing season for BCV. Traditionally this is the task that sees the biggest attendance of the year, so let's see what we can manage this year. If you are not familiar with coppicing, take a look at BCV's Coppicing Page.
Due to the possible high attendance, please ensure you inform the leader so he can make sure we have enough tools and refreshments.
Meeting point will be sent out in the week leading up to the task.
Contact : on 01635 49304.
task Sun 23rd Pamber Forest Coppicing
Today's work is a continuation of that started two weeks ago. This task is another candidate for a high attendance, so please inform the leader if you plan to attend.
Meeting point will be sent out in the week leading up to the task.
Contact : on 07771 805000.
social Sat 29th Pamber Forest Walk / Fungus Foray
HWT: Join Dave on this autumn walk / hunt for fungi around Inham's Cose and Silchester Common. The number of fungi will be dependent on the weather before the event, but hopefully there will be many types to see, and even if there are not, a walk in the Forest at this time of year is always a treat.
Meeting at Impstone Road entrance at 2pm.
Contact : on 420818.
October 2012
task Sun 7th Pamber Forest Coppicing
Today's work is a continuation of the last two tasks in this programme.
Meeting point will be sent out in the week leading up to the task.
Contact : on 07971 036166.
meeting Wed 10th Red Lion Committee Meeting
It's meeting time at the Red Lion Pub in Mortimer West End once more. This evening we'll be planning the programme of tasks and socials for the four months starting November.
Note: date change. Was originally October 3rd. Starting time is 8pm.
Contact : for more details.
social Fri 12th Pamber Forest Moth Night
HWT: Graham is running this moth evening in Pamber Forest. Moth traps will be used, emitting bright light to draw in the moths, which Graham will then identify. Please bring along a torch and you may also find a pair of sunglasses useful.
Meeting at Impstone Road entrance at 8pm.
Contact: on 01189 700155.
task Sun 21st Foxlease Meadow Coppicing
We complete this programme of events with a trip to Foxlease Meadow HWT reserve near to Fleet. When grazing ceased in the 1980s, parts of the meadow were lost to scrub and the aim of this task is to continue the process of cutting this back, to open up corridors between the surviving open areas, assisting the passage of insects and seeds between them. All arisings will be burnt, unless volunteers wish to take some home to put on their open fire.
Meet in the car park behind King George V cottages at 10:30.
Contact : on 07425 160394.
November 2012 onwards
Full details for November onwards will appear towards the end of October ...
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