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Calendar of Events - July to October 2013

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 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 2013
meeting Wed 12th Red Lion Pub Committee Meeting
It's time to plan the new programme of events, and we're meeting at the Red Lion pub in Mortimer West End. The start time is 7pm and we're planning to be finished by 9pm in time for the event below ...
Contact: on 01189 700155 if you need directions.
social Wed 12th Benyon's Enclosure Nightjar watching
Weather permitting, once we've finished the meeting, we'll head off across the road and into Benyon's Enclosure in search of nightjars. This charismatic nocturnal bird should be performing its remarkable territorial behaviour at this time.
Meet at the Red Lion Pub in Mortimer West End by 9pm.
Contact: on 01189 700155.
task Sun 16th Foxlease Meadows North Ragwort Pull
Foxlease Meadows, close to Fleet, are managed by HWT, using grazing to maintain the open conditions that bring in a rich range of wildlife species. Today we will be joining the local volunteer group to perform a mass ragwort-pull - this work is essential for the health of the grazing animals as ragwort is poisonous to them.
The reserve will be at its prime at this time of year, so this task will also allow us to enjoy some of its wildflowers and their accompanying fauna.
Meeting location will be provided as usual a few days before the task.
Contact: on 07425 160394.
social Sun 23rd Dry Sandford Pit Reserve Visit
The final BCV event of this programme is a trip into foreign territory. We're heading north into the world of BBOWT (Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust), and will be visiting Dry Sandford Pit near to Abingdon.
This is a varied reserve, ranging from sandy 'cliffs' (reputedly with fossils) and grassland, to woodland and wetland. We'll be meeting on site at 10:30 and a pub lunch may be an option.
More details will be provided in the week leading up to the event.
Contact: on 01635 49304.
social Fri 28th Old Burghclere Lime Pits At night in the quarry
HWT - Booking required
Dave is leading this hunt for glow worms and other nocturnal creatures in Old Burghclere Lime Pits. A mothing lamp will also be running, so there should be plenty of moths to see and hopefully their presence will entice some bats into the area. Be sure to bring some sunglasses for use near the moth trap. A small donation will be requested.
Meet at the northern end of the nearby farm storage yard at 9pm.
Contact: on 01256 420818.
July 2013
social Sat 6th Willis Museum Wildlife Photo Exhibition

This year the Willis museum in Basingstoke holds a spectacular exhibition of winning and commended photographs from an international competition to find the best wildlife pictures. Admission is free.
Contact: on 01256 420818.
social Wed 10th Ladle Hill Orchid Walk

Ladle hill is an ancient monument of Bronze Age barrows and a partly completed Iron Age hill fort. Its shape (and its historical significance) has meant it has escaped modern arable agriculture. Instead it has been grazed and as such represents a botanically rich area of now declining chalk downland. Apart from the spectacular views look out for the striking two-toned burnt orchid.
There will also be the opportunity to stop off afterwards at the Royal Oak in Ecchinswell for a drink and a chat.
Contact: on 01635 268482.
social Wed 10th Ladle Hill Orchid Walk

Ladle hill is an ancient monument of Bronze Age barrows and a partly completed Iron Age hill fort. Its shape (and its historical significance) has meant it has escaped modern arable agriculture. Instead it has been grazed and as such represents a botanically rich area of now declining chalk downland. Apart from the spectacular views look out for the striking two-toned burnt orchid.
There will also be the opportunity to stop off afterwards at the Royal Oak in Ecchinswell for a drink and a chat.
Contact: on 01635 268482.
social Sat 20th (or 27th) Headley Gravel Pits Moth Trapping

It is time to see what weird and wonderful moths we can trap as we sample the night life of Headley. The date of this event is due to be on the alternative weekend to the Silchester event and will be confirmed nearer the time.
Contact: on 01189 700155.
task Sun 21st Foxlease Meadows North Ragwort Pull and walk
Ragwort is a plant that can be a serious problem to grazing animals; it contains alkaloids which if ingested in enough quantities can cause illness and death in livestock. Grazing is an important part of the management in grassland as it provides many microhabitats which are exploited by a large range of invertebrates and plants. For this to continue ragwort removal is therefore important.
We will stop after lunch to enjoy a stroll around the reserve to see many of the fascinating plants and animals that benefit from grazing management.
Leader on 07425 160394.
social Sat 27th (or 20th) Silchester Picnic and Games

Following the success of last year's BCV 25th anniversary event we will be having a similar day of fun, games and food. Please bring along some games to play (cricket/football/boules) and some lunch. Fingers crossed for good weather again this year!
Please note the exact date of the event will be established nearer the time as it is dependent on availability of car parking facilities.
Contact: on 01189 700155.
task Sun 28th Pamber Forest Haymaking
The end of July marks the time for the hay cut in Pamber Forest. This sunny, long and linear meadow is flanked by high woodland cover to one side and lower more thickly vegetated coppice coupes on the other. Its many herbaceous plants and grasses (which are crowded out in the neighbouring woodland habitats) are exploited by a myriad of invertebrates looking for nectar, cover or a place to roost, which will be in turn eaten by birds and bats. Look out for butterflies such as the Silver Washed Fritillary and Ringlet feeding while on task.
The meeting point will be Impstone Road. All further details to be confirmed by the leader before the task.
Leader on 07425 160394.
August 2013
task Sun 11th Sherbourne St John Meadow Cut
This small site is a surviving fragment of a much larger wet meadow/fen. The current owners have managed it admirably for its wildlife interest for years but now require some help.
This site has limited parking and access and numbers are limited on this task. Contacting the leader beforehand is a must.
Leader on 01256 420818.
task Sun 18th Headley Gravel Pits Grass Cut
The grass cut at Headley ensures the grassland does not turn into scrub and keeps nutrient conditions low across the site. This ensures that the large Green Winged Orchid population on site continues to flourish.
Parking can be limited on the reserve so make sure to contact the leader for full details.
Leader on 01635 268482.
meeting Wed 21st Mike's House Committee Meeting
It's meeting time, allowing us to take stock and discuss the group's activities. All welcome, starts at 8pm at Mike's house.
Contact: on 01635 268482.
social Sun 25th Noar Hill Nature Reserve Visit

Come along for a visit to the very special Hampshire Wildlife Trust reserve a couple of miles out from Selbourne.
A mecca for chalk grassland specialists the site is brim full of botany (including many orchid species) and interesting invertebrates.
Contact: on 01256 420818.
resi task Fri 30th - Sun 1st Sep Wytham Woods Various
BCV has the opportunity to help in an unusual project for the group; a long running ecological experiment turning arable land into wildlife rich limestone grassland. This has been very successful and it has now gained SSSI status despite only going since 1982.
BCV's main job will be helping to clear one of the experimental plots of scrub to re-establish sheep grazing. This also involves weighing the scrub cut (rather than burning it) to inform long term data sets.
Accommodation is free but the site is close enough to Basingstoke for day trippers.
A guided tour of Wytham Woods will be provided by scientist Nigel Fisher. Belonging to the University of Oxford, the woods' wealth of plants, invertebrates and large badger population have been well studied, which should make for a fascinating visit.
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September 2013
task Sun 15th Pamber Forest Coppicing
It is time again for the coppicing season at Pamber.
Coppicing was a traditional practice of producing materials from underwood, usually Hazel. It creates a series of open spaces in different stages of growth and each stage is exploited by a range of different species. The high biodiversity value this creates ensures that this practice remains a priority of woodland conservation. The leader will provide details of the meet point beforehand.
Leader on 01189 700155.
social Sat 21st Elizabeth's House Wii and Food Evening

Elizabeth is hosting another 'food and Nintendo Wii' evening at her house starting at 6pm.
Please bring along some food to share as you attempt to beat your high score / fellow BCV members.
Contact: on 01256 765367.
task Sun 29th Aldersbrook Farm Scrub bash
The combined effect of BCV's scrub removal and the establishment of a grazing regime by the owner should now be shaping the site for the benefit of wildlife.
A lot of progress has been made in clearing the scrub alongside the brook and (fingers crossed) this may be the last of it!
Leader on 07848 007947.
October
meeting Wed 9th Red Lion Pub Committee Meeting
It's meeting time again, this time we're planning the next programme of events at the Red Lion in Mortimer West End. Starts at 8pm.
Contact: .
task Sun 13th Pamber Forest Coppicing
It is time to go back to Pamber again to continue with this autumn's coppicing programme. This may or may not be in the same place as the previous task and the leader will confirm this and any change of meeting point before the task.
Leader on 01635 49304.
task Sun 27th Headley Gravel Pits Glade Creation
Sheltered, warm and sunny glades create a useful microhabitat for many species of invertebrate. This will also be an opportunity to increase the spread of neutral grassland, Headley's most valuable habitat.
Parking can be limited on the reserve so be sure to watch out for the leader's email or contact the leader regarding alternative parking arrangements.
Leader on 07971 036166.
November 2013 onwards
Details for November 2013 onwards will appear here towards the end of October ...
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