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Calendar of Events - March to June 2014

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.

February 2014
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February 2014
meeting Wed 5th Red Lion Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at the Red Lion pub, Mortimer West End to discuss the next programme. Meeting time is 8pm.
Leader on 01189 700155.
task Sun 9th Pamber Forest Coppicing
This is our final coppicing task of the programme. This should be just in time for the dormant woodland herbs beneath the coppice to get cracking over March and April.
Make sure to visit again over this time to see the results of all your hard work this winter!
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look for their email with the task details beforehand.
Leader on 01635 49304.
task Sun 23rd Sherbourne St John Fen-meadow cut
This small site is a surviving fragment of a much larger wet meadow. The current owners have managed it admirably for its wildlife interest for years but now require some help.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
This site has limited parking and access and numbers are limited on this task. Contacting the leader beforehand is a must.
Leader on 07971 036166.
March 2014
task Sun 2nd Pamber Forest Coppicing
This is the penultimate coppicing task of the season.
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 biodiveristy value this creates ensures that this practice remains a priority of woodland conservation.
BCV will be mimicking this practice by cutting the hazel, creating the odd habitat pile and burning the brash on a nice bonfire.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader. Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the details.

Please contact the leader and look for their email with the task details beforehand.
Leader on 01256 420818.
task Sun 23rd Pamber Forest Coppicing
Our final coppicing task of the season.
If you have time over the next few weeks take the opportunity to visit the coups you helped cut throughout the winter. Hopefully the plants and animals of this ancient woodland will begin to use these important open areas.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email to find out the details.
Leader on 01189 700155.
April 2014
task Sun 13th The Hatch Willow cutting & Fence Repair
Come along to this fascinating restored wet grassland site, adjacent to one of the botanically richest half acres in Hampshire, Mapledurwell fen.
Work here helps in the management of both sites which share many species and habitat management requirements.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find out whereabouts we will be working.
Leader on 01635 268482.
meeting Wed 16th Dave's house Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at Dave's house to discuss how the programme is progressing. Meeting time is 8pm.
Contact on 01256 420818.
task Sun 27th Fleet reserves Hatch Fence Repair & other tasks
This task will see us working on the Fleet area reserves.
The task details will be confirmed by the task leader before the event.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader beforehand and look out for their email to find out the details.
Leader on 07848 007947.
May 2014
task Sun 11th Pamber Forest Deer Fencing
This marks the first of our deer fencing of the coppice coups to protect them from excessive browsing by deer. Deer now exist in much larger numbers than in the past. Hunting of deer is now limited and they have no other natural predators left. This increase in numbers, coupled with the introduction of non-native deer, causes excessive browsing within woodlands and this can lead to a removal of structure and plant diversity which results in less micro-habitats and a change in plant and animal assemblages. This ultimately lowers biodiversity.
By ensuring the deer have no access to coups, normal processes can continue unhampered.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader before-hand and look out for their email to find out the details.
Leader on 07971 036166.
social Sun 18th Bentley Wood Butterfly Walk
Bentley Wood is a hidden gem in a little-known corner of Wiltshire. It is particularly known for butterflies that specialise in coppice woodland, which have declined greatly in the many other parts of the country.
Last spring, we had a very enjoyable walk in this area that took in part of Bentley Wood, but, possibly due to the unusually cold spring, we were not successful in seeing specialist butterflies like Pearl-bordered Fritillary or Duke of Burgundy. This time we will be making a shorter walk around the wood a couple of weeks later in the season, in the hope of finding these and also the more familiar spring species like Brimstone, Orange Tip or Peacock.
We will be leaving from Basingstoke at 10.00.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Leader on 01635 268482.
June 2014
social Sun 1st River Thames Walk
Join us for a walk along a picturesque part of the river Thames. We shall be setting out from Goring and heading along the river towards Pangbourne where we will be on the look-out for the scarce Club-tailed dragonfly.
Depending on the feeling and weather we will either carry on to Hartslock nature reserve or double back and head to the Hollies, a reserve on Streatley Hill, via a tea shop in the village.
Meeting time is at 10.30 in the main car park in Goring.
Leader on 07425 160394.
meeting Wed 4th Red Lion Pub, Mortimer West End Committee Meeting
Committee meeting to discuss the next programme of events, starting at 8pm.
Contact on 01189 700155.
task Sun 8th Pamber Forest Deer Fencing
We are continuing our summer fencing program at Pamber.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look for their email with the task details beforehand.
Leader on 01635 49304.
social Fri 20th TDB Nightjar Walk
This evening we will be looking for Nightjars, likely on Silchester common or Benyon's enclosure.
Nightjars like to nest in very open areas on heathland and are active at night.
Look out for the email from the leader with meeting point and meeting time ahead of the event.
Leader on 01189 700155.
July 2014 onwards
Details for July 2014 onwards will appear here towards the end of June ...
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