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Calendar of Events - March to June 2017-2018

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.

March 2017
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March 2017
task Sunday 5th Wigmore Heath Gorse Control
Another return to this site in Baughurst where we have been helping with heathland restoration over the past year. Wigmore Heath is down Shyshack Lane and is remnant habitat left over between the housing developments and forestry plantations. 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 removing 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 the details. Leader on 07848 007947.
task Sunday 20th North Warnborough Greens Scrub Bash
North Warnborough Greens is a HWT reserve near Hook with a variety of habitats, ranging from calcareous fen to green lanes and broad-leaved woodland. There is a constant need to control the growth of scrub, for instance where it encroaches onto grassland, or to limit the spread of invasive species such as Sycamore in woodland. The exact location of the work will be determined by the warden nearer the time. 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 01256 326828.
task Sunday 26th Cliddesden Churchyard Grass Cut
The churchyard at St Leonard’s Church, Cliddesden has been designated a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation or SINC by Hampshire County Council due to its unfertilised grassland with an interesting variety of wildflowers. The recommended management of the best areas of grassland is mowing during the winter months. This year, the church community are looking for some help to finish the mowing before spring arrives and the flowers start to bloom. We will be taking our scythes and rakes along to finish the job for them. 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 07767 822265.
April 2017
meet Tuesday 4th Mike's House Committee Meeting
An opportunity to keep up to speed with the goings-on of BCV. The start time will be 8pm. Leader on 01635 268482.
task Sunday 9th The Hatch Rush Cut
The Hatch and the adjacent Mapledurwell Fen are calcareous wetland reserves on the headwaters of the River Lyde near Basing, managed by HWT. These sites have a rich diversity of flowering plants, but there is one plant, Blunt-flowered Rush, that can become overly dominant as it tends to be avoided by the cattle that graze the site. It is necessary periodically to cut the rush in spring which will reduce its vigour while also encouraging fresh growth which the cattle are more inclined to browse. We will be taking our scythes along to cut the rush and stack cut material away from the open areas. 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 01189 700155.
social Sun 23rd Birdwatching Trip
By this time the spring migration should be well underway and lots of birds will be either leaving for more northerly latitudes, arriving to breed or simply passing through en route to somewhere else. Join us for a trip to a site on the south coast to see what has dropped in. The exact details will be finalised nearer the day based on recent reports. The departure will be from Basingstoke at 9.30am and we will be out all day.
Leader on 01635 268482.
May 2017
task Sunday 7th College Copse Farm Fencing
College Copse Farm was purchased by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust a few years ago, principally to act as a base for the increasing numbers of livestock that are used to graze HWT reserves across the county. However, HWT are also taking the opportunity to enhance the wildlife potential across the farm, to act as a showcase for what can be achieved on a typical local farm. College Copse itself is a fine area of woodland with a good range of species that has been undergoing re-coppicing. Like other woodland in the area, any coppice regrowth quickly attracts the attention of deer that will browse it and damage the hazel stools. Our task today will be to add some additional fencing to help keep the deer at bay. 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 01635 268482.
social Sunday 21st Isle of Wight Visit
A visit to the Isle of Wight to sample its special wildlife, potentially including Glanville Fritillary and Adonis Blue butterflies, Early Gentians and Red Squirrels. As we need to take the ferry across we will need to car-share as far as possible. To make the most of the day we will be making an early start and a late finish. Exact details to be published nearer the time.
Leader on 01256 326828.
task Sunday 28th Pamber Forest Bracken Bash
Bracken needs to be controlled in some parts of Pamber Forest to ensure it does not become too dominant and shade out the ground in more open areas. Use of herbicides has become increasingly restrictive so we will be bashing the newly emerging bracken with long sticks to snap the fresh shoots which deprives the underground rhizomes of energy and so weakens any regrowth. 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 07425 160394.
June 2017
social Monday 5th Red Lion Pub, Mortimer West End and Silchester Nightjar Evening
Our traditional mid-summer evening trip to listen for and hopefully see some Nightjars in the heathland and woodland around Silchester and Mortimer West End. The likelihood of finding the Nightjars is weather-dependent so we will monitor the forecast to pick the best evening during the week. We will be meeting at the Red Lion pub from about 8pm, planning to head out by 9pm. Please remember to bring a torch.
Leader on 00189 700155.
meet Tuesday 6th Red Lion Pub, Mortimer West End Committee Meeting
Committee meeting at the Red Lion pub, Mortimer West End to discuss the next programme. Meeting time is 8pm unless the same evening as the Nightjar walk, in which case the meeting will start at 7.15pm.
Leader on 01189 700155.
task Sunday 11th Millfield, Old basing Boardwalk Construction
This site behind the Millstone pub at Old Basing is a valuable open space that is managed for nature by a local group affiliated to Natural Basingstoke. The field is quite rich in wildlife due to the change in terrain from the higher, drier areas down to fen-edge habitat in lower parts. The latter areas are often quite wet early in the year, so the local group have been gradually building a boardwalk for the use of visitors. Our work today will be to continue laying the base of railway sleepers and then fixing handrails where required. 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 01635 49304.
task Sunday 25th Pamber Forest Bracken Bash
Continuing the bracken bashing started in May. The exact location of the work will depend on the progress so far. 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 07848 007947.
July 2017 onwards
Further details for July 2017 onwards will appear here in June ...
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