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Please note - dogs are not allowed on field trips.
Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
Most walks follow rough tracks and require strong footwear.
Be prepared for all weathers. Sun protection is advised.

Non-members are welcome to attend field events.



Saturday, 4th July 2015
Brockadale NR
From 1pm - meet in the car park
Grid Reference:SE513173
Event Paul & Joyce Simmons on 01977 620725

Bring a packed lunch if required. 
This is one of YWT's finest reserves set on Magnesian limestone it has ancient woodland, grassland and a flood plain.Its name derives from 'broken dale', aptly describing the craggy outcrops of limestone which dominate parts of the reserve. Many of the steep-sided slopes are covered in semi-natural woodland, or meadows which have been long unploughed.Around 350 species of plants grow on the nature reserve, some of which are scarce. Early flowers such as cowslip, common dog-violet and spring cinquefoil, well suited to the limestone soil, can be seen in spring. Native plants such as rock-rose follow, as well as orchids, salad burnet, yellow-wort, betony, field scabious and, in August, a profusion of clustered bellflower. Butterflies abound in the meadows, with the spectacular Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary unmissable in July. Day-flying moths like six-spot burnet and chimney sweepers are common, with close to 300 species of moths having been identified.
Permissive footpaths and access path for wheelchair users to the entrance of the reserve.
There are no facilities on this site.


Sunday 5th July 2015
RES Insect Festival 2015
Museum Gardens York
From 10:00am
Grid Reference:SE599521
Event Contact: Jax Westmoreland on 07708 055612 or Email

Visit our stand at the insect festival. There will be a wide range of stands and activities at the event.

Further details when available.


Sunday, 12th July 2015
Wintersett Angler's Country Park
Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield
Meet in the car park at 10am
Grid Reference:SE375154
Event Contact: Paul Andrews paul.andrews@yorkshirebutterflies.org.ukor by telephone 07955 922190

Bring a packed lunch if required. There are facilites available on site, ample car parking and a cafe serving drinks, ice cream and light meals.

Meet at the car park at 10am to open the moth trap and examine the catch from the previous night with Peter Smith.

The Wintersett recording area is a mosaic of diverse habitats,including open water,coniferous woodland, deciduous woodland and the remains of the disused Barnsley canal. The lakes include three reservoirs built in the 19th century to serve the Barnsley canal which closed to traffic in 1953 plus the main Anglers Country Park Lake, established in 1984 following large scale open cast coal mining along with the smaller,shallower 'Pol' area created to attract wading birds and aquatic nvertebrates.

The area is fairly flat and Wakefield Countryside Service maintains a network of accessible routes around the Country Park and Haw Park Woods (which contains areas of both coniferous plantation and deciduous woodland); Wintersett and Cold Hiendley reservoirs are easy for walking but do involve some rough sections. WCS also manages the 'rides' through the woods for butterflies and other invertebrates. The route planned is accessible for wheelchairs.

As well as butterflies (some 28 species recorded) and moths (375 spp macros, 315 spp micros) the area is very important for a range of birds (especially waterfowl) and dragonflies, which can be seen across the
area.Particular butterfly species we may find include Marbled White, Small Copper, Painted Lady, White- letter Hairstreak and Purple Hairstreak.


Saturday, 25th July 2015
Butterfly Survey Training
Sutton Bank Visitor Centre
From 10:30am to 3pm
Grid Reference:SE516830
Booking Essential places are limited, contact Rachel Pateman 07739 706542 or email Rachel Pateman

Information about how to find the Visitor Centre can be found at


Tea and coffee will be available but please bring a packed lunch with you. There is also a cafe at the Visitor Centre where you can buy food. Parking at the Visitor Centre is Pay & Display.

This event will give an overview of the different ways in which you can get involved in recording and monitoring butterflies. There will be an indoor session to give an overview of the different schemes you can take part in followed by an outdoor session to practice some of the techniques.


Sunday, 11th October 2015
AGM and Members' Day
Yorkshire Air Museum Elvington
10am for 10:30am start
Grid Reference:
Event Contact:Jax Westmoreland on 01723 341193 or email jax.westmoreland@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

Join us for our annual AGM and Members' Day at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington.

Guest speakers include:
Dave Wainwright who will give a talk on moths.
Alistair Taylor who will talk about gardening with nature for nature.
Allan Rodda will give a conservation update.

Patrick Barkham of the Guardian and Author of The Butterfly Isles - A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admiral, and Badgerlands will give the keynote talk of the afternoon.

Photographic Competition
Plant Stall

Come along for a chance to meet like minded enthusiasts, bring photographs or samples for identification and find out more about the work of the branch.

NAAFI facilities are available close to the meeting room serving an excellent Sunday Lunch, Tea Coffee and Snacks. Or bring a packed lunch if you prefer.

This is YOUR day!



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