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Calendar of Events - March to June 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.

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March 2018
task Sunday 11th Winter/Spring Work at Hook Area Reserves
We will be returning to one of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserves in the area around Hook to continue with winter management work. The sites have a wide variety of habitat from heathland through woodland and farmland to wet fen. Depending on the site the work could be path clearance, scrub management, coppicing or possibly some early fencing. 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 25th Coppicing Pamber Forest
We will be finishing off the autumn/winter coppicing programme in Pamber Forest. 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. 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.
April 2018
task Sunday 8th 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 HiWWT. These sites have a rich diversity of flowering plants, but there is one plant, Hard 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 07425 160394.
meet Tuesday 10th Committee Meeting Mike's House
Committee meeting at Mike's house to discuss how the programme is progressing. Start time is 8pm.
Leader on 01635 268482.
social Sunday 22nd Black Dam Willow Cutting
Black Dam and Crabtree Plantation, along with Basingstoke Common, are owned by Basingstoke and Deane Council. The wooded springs and streams of Black Dam are part of the headwaters of the River Loddon and have a wide range of wetland plant and animal species. Many of these benefit from good access to sunlight and are suffering from the encroaching shade of streamside willow trees. We will be helping local volunteers to cut back some of the willows and stacking the cut material for disposal. 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 49304.
task Sunday 29th Bike Ride
Join us for a bike ride through the North Hampshire and West Berkshire countryside. The plan is to start from the village of Ecchinswell and head out towards Hungerford, taking in some of the scenic back lanes to be found between the River Kennet and the North Wessex Downs. We should be able to get some lunch in Hungerford. Exact details will be published nearer the time.
Leader on 01635 268482.
May 2018
task Sunday 13th Spring Work Hook Area Reserves
This will be another day working on one of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust’s Hook Area reserves. The winter season has now finished so we are more likely to be carrying out some fencing or possibly some rhododendron/Laurel bashing as last year. 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 20th Spring Walk Ashford Hangers
The Ashford Hangers, a Hampshire County Council reserve, are part of the chalk escarpment on the western edge of the Weald between Alton and Petersfield. Consisting of a mixture of Beech woodland and Hazel coppice interspersed with patches of open grassland and scrub, the Hangers have an intricate mosaic of habitat that hosts a wonderfully rich array of plants and animals. Many of the delights of the area are at their best in late spring so we plan a walk to take in some of the best parts. Exact details to be published nearer the time.
Leader on 07425 160394.
task Sunday 27th Bracken Bash Pamber Forest
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 07971 036166.
social Saturday 28th Nightjar Evening
Our traditional early-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.
Contact 01189 700155.
meet Tuesday 29th 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.
June 2018
task Sunday 17th Fence Checking and Repair Pamber Forest
After many years of springtime effort by BCV and others, the fencing of coppice plots in Pamber Forest is more or less complete. However, no fence stays intact for ever, so there is a need to regularly check sections of fence and carry out any repairs found necessary. The exact location of the work and the meeting place will be determined nearer the day. 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 full details Leader on 01189 700155.
task Bioblitz Ecchinswell Pond
A bioblitz is a short intensive survey of the wildlife of a defined site in order to find out as much as possible about its wildlife value. The maintenance plan for the area of the pond in Ecchinswell village is currently under review and so the information gained by a bioblitz will help inform any changes to be made to the plan. This is likely to be a half-day activity and will be kept floating in the schedule (could be Saturday or Sunday) to try and take advantage of good weather. 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 24th Salisbury Plain Walk
A walk on Salisbury Plain to enjoy the wildflowers and hopefully see some of the special insects and birds of the area. We will be going to the area around Sidbury Hill where there is good access maintained by agreement with the MoD. The plan is to take a picnic lunch. Further details to be provided nearer the time. Please contact the leader to let them know to expect you at the meeting point. Contact on 07848 007947.
task Sunday 25th 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 01635 49304.
July 2018 onwards
task Sunday 8th Micheldever Chalkies Scrub Clearance
Advance notice of the first task of the next programme.The Chalkies at Micheldever were originally piles of chalk spoil left from the digging out of the nearby railway tunnel. Formed of coarse rubble, the mounds have always been very free-draining and so were colonised by grassland vegetation suited to those conditions. Some of the plant species involved have since become much rarer in the general countryside, leaving a very special habitat. Maintaining the site in good condition requires careful management to combat the invasion of scrub. We will be helping to dig out as many small tree seedlings as we can find. 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 full details Contact on 07767 822265.
Basingstoke Conservation Volunteers
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