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Calendar of Events - July to October 2016

Meet up for projects on site at 10.00 a.m. except where stated. Please tell the leader in advance that you are coming so that they can plan tools and refreshments. The leader is also the person to phone if you want, or can offer, a lift to the site. Please cycle or walk to the site if possible.
Details in red are changes from the published programme.


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

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 has been postponed as sightings of the butterfly very low so far this year. Dave will review in July and decide whether to continue with the trip when numbers have improved.
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
social Saturday 9th Old Burghclere Glow-Worms
Join us on a summer evening at Old Burghclere Lime Pit to count how many Glow-worms we can find. Meet at 8pm at the Royal Oak, Ecchinswell, for a drink or on site at 9pm. Please bring a torch.
Leader on 01256 326828.
task Sunday 24th Pamber Forest Hay Cutting
The site where a sewer line was laid through the Forest in former years has turned into sunny, long and linear meadow between high woodland cover to one side and 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. Selected areas of the grassland are cut each year to stop the ranker grasses from suppressing the herbaceous plants.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Leader on 01256 326828.
August 2016
meeting Wednesday 3rd August Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at Paul's House to discuss how the programme is progressing.
Leader on 01635 49304.
task Sunday 7th Wigmore Heath Gorse Pulling
We will be returning to carry on the heathland resoration we started at this site in Tadley in April. Wigmore Heath is down Shyshack Lane and is remnant habitat left over from the housing developments and forestry. In danger of becoming completely overgrown, Basingstoke and Deane council have been scraping back selected areas and are looking for our help to give the heather regrowth a head start by digging out competing vegetation, principally Gorse
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 07425160394.
social Saturday 13th August BCV BBQ Mike's House
After a few years break we have decided to hold a BCV summer barbeque. This will be held at Mike’s house in Ecchinswell. The start time will be 6pm Contact on 01635 268482.
task Sunday 21st Headley Gravel Pit Grass Cutting
This Hampshire Wildlife Trust site is well-known for its display of Green-winged Orchids in the spring. In the absence of any grazing (other than by rabbits), it is necessary to cut back invasive rank grass and scrub to stop the orchids being smothered. In summer this principally means cutting areas of grass with scythes and raking the cut material into heaps.
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.
Contact on 0118 9700155.
September 2016
task Sunday 11th September Sherbourne St John Meadow Cutting
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 many years but now require some help. We will be cutting the fen vegetation and raking it into piles away from the wetter areas.
Spaces are limited for this task so please contact the leader beforehand to let them know you are interested in coming.
Leader on 01635 49304.
social Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th College Copse Farm Mothing
Graham will be setting up some moth traps on this Wildlife Trust site near Rotherwick to see what is on the wing there in September (maybe the legendary Blue Underwing?). Meet at the farm on Sunday morning to ID the moths from 9am.
Leader on 01189 700155.
task Sunday 25th September Pamber Forest Coppicing
The first 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 biodiversity 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 bonfire. Contact on 07848 007947.
October 2016
social Sunday 2nd October TBC Birdwatching
Our traditional autumn trip to catch some of the birds the migration season may be bringing to our shores. Meet at 9.30am in Basingstoke
Leader on 01635 49304.
meeting Wednesday 5th October Red Lion Mortimer West End 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 Sunday 9th October Aldersbrook Scrub-bash
This private site has a damp pasture with neutral/acid grassland vegetation of sufficient interest to be designated as Site of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) by HCC. BCV have been helping clear thick scrub so that grazing can help the richer grassland to recolonise and we will be continuing that work today. 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 01635 268482.
task Sunday 23rd October Pamber Forest Coppicing
We will be continuing the autumn/winter coppicing programme in Pamber Forest. The exact location in the Forest will be provided nearer the day. 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 07971 036166.
November 2016 onwards
social Sunday 6th November Burnham Beeches Walk
Advanced notice from the next programme. Join us for a walk round the famed Burnham Beeches near Maidenhead. The site has a mixed cover of broad-leaved woodland and heathland with many ancient trees. At this time the Beech trees should have their autumn colour and we should find some fungi to ID. We will be leaving from Basingstoke at 9.00am, or meet on site at 10.00am.
Leader on 01256 326828.
Further details for November 2016 onwards will appear here in October ...
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