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Calendar of Events - March to June 2015

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 2015
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Colour key : Social Project Meeting Cancelled/moved Residential Project Multiple

February 2015
meet Tue 3rd Red Lion, Mortimer West End Committee Meeting
Regular meeting to discuss the running of BCV, starting at 8pm. All welcome.
Contact on 01189 700155.
task Sun 8th College Copse Farm Hedge laying
Another new site for us this winter, this is a farm newly managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, near Hook.
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.
task Sun 22nd 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 out for their email advertising the task to find out whereabouts we will be working.
Leader on 01635 49304.
March 2015
task Sun 8th Pamber Forest Coppicing
This is the final 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.
Leader on 07425 160394.
task Sun 22nd The Hatch 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 01256 420818.
April 2015
task Sun 12th Pamber Forest 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 natural predators left. This increase in numbers, coupled with the introduction of non-native deer causes excessive browsing within woodlands. This can lead to a removal of structure and plant diversity which results in fewer microhabitats and a change in plant and animal assemblages. This ultimately lowers biodiversity.
By ensuring the deer have no access to coups, normal ecological 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 01635 49304.
meet Tues 14th Mike's House Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at Mike's house to discuss how the programme is progressing. All welcome.
Contact on 01635 268482.
task Sun 19th College Copse Farm Fencing
We will be returning to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's new farm site to help with fencing repairs.
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 01635 268482.
May 2015
task Sun 3rd Pamber Forest Fencing repair
We will be repairing the fencing around the coppice coupes, so that they continue to keep out the local deer population.
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.
Note: That leader of this task may change!
Leader on 01189 700155.
task Sun 17th or 24th Headley Gravel Pits Orchid Counting
In a change of proceedings for BCV, we will be conducting a different type of practical task; orchid counting! Headley has an unusually large population of Green Winged Orchids, a scarce plant which prefers unimproved grassland. This is a rare and declining habitat in the UK. Having an idea of the number of flowering plants will give us a rough estimate of population size and when compared with previous years will make a comment on the suitability of habitat management for the species. This management can also act as a proxy for other species with similar requirements.
Please note the two dates means there may need to be a slight shifting depending on how many of the plants are in flower (they flower May-June).
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.
June 2015
meet Wed 3rd Red Lion Pub Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at The Red Lion pub in Mortimer West End to plan for the next programme of events. All welcome, starts at 8pm.
Contact on 01189 700155.
task Sun 7th Pamber Forest Bracken Bash
A native of woodland, bracken was a useful plant in historic terms; it was collected so it could be burned for potash or used for animal bedding. No longer controlled via harvesting, it can creep into open glades and heathlands where it can shade and enrich the soil. This is usually detrimental to the special attributes of these habitats.
Within Pamber several of these vulnerable areas exist; in the recent past bracken encroachment was controlled through a combination of pesticide use and occasionally by hand. We shall be helping with the latter.
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 01189 700155.
social Sun 14th Pewsey Down Butterfly Walk
Join us for the first of our social double bill. We will be visiting the exceptional Pewsey Down; a site renowned for its high nature and history interest (the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as well as an SSSI). While we will be soaking up some of the history of the site, we will be primarily there to hopefully find the rare and beautiful Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Expect to see many other spectacular plants and beasties during this trip.
Please note the date may be subject to change to ensure sufficiently good weather to increase the chance of finding the Marsh Fritillary butterfly.
Meeting place and time will be announced in the week beforehand.
Leader on 01635 49304.
social Fri 19th Silchester Area Nightjars Walk
This evening we will be looking for Nightjars, likely on Silchester common or Benyon's enclosure. Nightjars like to nest in open areas on heathland and are active at night. Last year brought truly stunning views; several nightjars flying and churring up close and a pair of low flying battling woodcocks whipped over our heads as well as plenty of bats.
Look out for the email from the leader with meeting point and meeting time ahead of the event.
Leader on 01189 700155.
task Sun 21st Foxlease Meadow Ragwort Pull
We will be visiting this Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and MOD managed site near Fleet. We will be carrying on with work undertaken in previous years to control Ragwort at the site. Ragwort is a valuable plant in ecological terms; it is the food plant of the attractive day flying Cinnabar moth and a popular stop off for nectar for many butterflies. It is extremely bitter for animals to eat and is avoided when alive, however when bundled into hay and suitably dried the bitterness is lost and it can be consumed. This is problematic as it is poisonous and if eaten in enough quantity it can seriously harm the livestock.
Therefore a measured control programme is in place to provide an adequate balance.
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 07848 007947.
July 2015 onwards
Details for July 2015 onwards will appear here towards the end of June ...
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