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Calendar of Events - November 2015 to February 2016

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.

October 2015
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November 2015
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December 2015
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January 2016
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Colour key : Social Project Meeting Cancelled/moved Residential Project Multiple

October 2015
social Sat 3rd Dave's House Curry Night
Come along for a BCV food evening. The theme this time is curries and associated side dishes. Contact Dave for timings and more details.
Contact on 01256 420818.
meeting Wed 7th Red Lion Pub Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at the Red Lion pub, Mortimer West End to discuss the next programme. Meeting time is 8pm.
Contact on 01189 700155.
task Sun 11th Natural Basingstoke Site TBD
We are continuing our work with the conservation groups around Basingstoke, now coordinated under the umbrella title of Natural Basingstoke.
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 25th Pamber Forest Coppicing
We are continuing with our coppicing programme at Pamber Forest.
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 07425 160394.
November 2015
task Sun 1st Ecchinswell Pond Maintenance
Please note this is not a BCV led task but is a task which BCV members have traditionally attended and for which we provide tools.
Join the people of Ecchinswell in the management of their village pond, a home to much wildlife including the Great Crested Newt.
Lunch is usually provided to all those who turn up to help but please contact Mike for more details.
Start time on site will be from 10 am.
Leader on 01635 268482.
task Sun 15th Pamber Forest Coppicing
This marks the first of several tasks at BCV's adopted home site of this programme. Coppicing is a traditional practice of producing materials from under-wood, 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 out the details.
Leader on 01635 49304.
task Sun 29th Greywell Fen Coppicing
The focus of this task is to remove bramble, small scrub and burn up some chopped up willow on this wetland SSSI, important for its rare plant and invertebrate assemblages.
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 the details.
Leader on 07971 036166.
December 2015
meeting Tue 8th Committee Meeting Mike's House
Committee meeting to discuss how the programme is progressing.
Contact on 01635 268482.
social Sat 19th Christmas Quiz Mike's House
Come along for BCV's evening of quizzing. Can you beat BCV's very own 'mastermind' Mike on his home turf? Look out for the details before the event.
Contact on 01635 268482.
task Sun 20th Pamber Forest Coppicing
We are back again at Pamber to continue the coppicing programme.
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 the details.
Leader on 01256 420818.
January 2016
social Sun 3rd New Year Walk Local Area
Join us for a stroll through the countryside to work off those Christmas calories!
Please contact the leader beforehand and look out for their email to find out the details.
Contact on 01635 49304.
task Sun 10th Crabtree fish ponds Path / Pond Clearance
We will be heading back to Crabtree Plantation to re-establish some lost paths and then getting into some clearance work within the ponds themselves.
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 the details.
Leader on 07848 007947.
task Sun 24th Pamber Forest Coppicing
We are back again at Pamber to continue the coppicing programme.
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 the details.
Leader on 07425 160394.
meeting Tue 26th Committee Meeting The Red Lion
Committee meeting at the Red Lion pub, Mortimer West End to discuss the next programme.
Contact on 01189 700155.
social Sat 30th Meal Out Local Area
We will be heading out to a restaurant or pub within BCV’s extended patch.
Look out for more details closer to the time.
Contact on 01256 420818.
February 2016
task Sun 7th Greywell or College Copse TBD
The exact location of this task will be decided nearer the time. If necessary we will finish off the work started at Greywell Fen in November.
College Copse is a new farm, near Hook, managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
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 the details.
Leader on 01635 268482.
task Sun 21st Pamber Forest Coppicing
This is our final coppicing task of the programme. This should be just in time before the dormant woodland herbs beneath the coppice 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 the details.
Leader on 01189 700155.
social Sat 28th Bird-watching Local Area
Join us on a trip to see some of the birds that visit the south of Britain during the winter months. Contrary to recent tradition we will be keeping the bird watching local this time, probably heading out to Gravel Pits along the Kennet valley to look for wildfowl and making sure we stop by a suitable café or pub along the way.
Look out for more details before the trip.
Contact on 07425 160394.
March 2016 onwards
Details for March 2016 onwards will appear sometime towards the end of February ...
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