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Calendar of Events - March to June 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.

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

April 2016
task Sun 3rd The Hatch Rush Cutting
We will be heading to the Hatch in Old Basing. This is a grassland and wetland site with a small area of restored Fen. The cattle on site keep the habitat managed however they are not keen on eating the rush. We will be concentrating on cutting the rush to ensure to it does not come to dominate the sward.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Leader on 01635 268482.
task Sun 10th Wigmore Heath Gorse Pulling
We will be going to a new site; Wigmore Heath in Tadley. Wigmore Heath is down Shyshack Lane and is remnant habitat left over from the housing developments and forestry. Basingstoke and Deane have been undertaking some work there and are looking for help with the habitat restoration. We will be going there to hand pull Gorse.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Leader on 07425 160394.
meeting Tues 12th Dave's House Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at Davebs house to discuss how the programme is progressing. Starts at 8pm.
Contact on 01256 326828.
May 2016
social Sun 1st Spring Walk
Paul Will be leading us on a spring time walk. Look out for more details closer to the time.
Leader on 01635 268482.
task Sun 8th College Copse Farm Fencing
The exact details of this task are to be confirmed nearer the time but it is likely to be fence repair on College Copse Farm. 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 22nd Pamber Forest Bracken Bashing
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 and look out for their email beforehand.
Contact on 0118 9700155.
meeting Tues 24th Red Lion Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at the Red Lion pub, Mortimer West end to discuss the next programme. Meeting time is 8pm.
Contact on 0118 9700155.
June 2016
task Sun 5th Old Burghclere BCV Bioblitz
BCV are visiting Old Burglere HIWWT reserve, an oasis of wildlife rich chalk grassland in a sea of arable fields to conduct a ‘bioblitz’, the process of finding as many different species as possible on a single site.
If you fancy improving your natural history skills or learning some new ones this will be the task for you.
The information gained can provide a snapshot of species on a site which can be used to inform management and prompt investigation.
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 268482.
social Sat 11th or Sun 12th TBC Hairstreak Hunting
We will be taking a trip to Oxfordshire hunting for the elusive Black Hairstreak, a rare butterfly which feeds on young Blackthorn. This trip is weather dependent and the best day of the weekend will be picked to go.
Leader on 01256 326828.
task Sun 19th Pamber Forest Bracken Bashing
We are heading back to Pamber for some more Bracken Bashing. 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.
Contact on 07971036166.
social The week starting Monday 20th Nightjar Walk
This week we will be looking for Nightjars most likely on Silchester common or Benyon’s enclosure. Nightjars like to nest in open areas on heathland and are active at night. This is a weather dependent trip and will take place on the evening with the most suitable weather this week so look out for the email from the leader with meeting point and meeting time ahead of the event.
Leader on 01189 700155
July 2016 onwards
Details for July 2016 onwards will appear here soon ...
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