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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.



Sunday 7th June 2015
Boltby Forest
Joint excursion with RyeNats
Meet at 10:30am
Grid Reference:SE502871
Event Contact: Keith Gittens 07968 840623

Bring a packed lunch if required. 
There is limited parking at the entrance to the forest.
The event will invole a walk of approximately 3 miles on hard forest tracks.
Target species include Argent and Sable, Dingy Skipper, other common butterflies and dragonflies.


Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th June 2015
Hunmanby Grange Open Gardens
Hunmanby Grange
From 1pm
Grid Reference:SE150375
Event Contact:Allan Rodda on 01723 365960 or email: allan.rodda@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

12½m SE of Scarborough.  Hunmanby Grange home of Wold Top Brewery, between Wold Newton & Hunmanby on the road from Burton Fleming to Fordon.

The planning behind this garden has been to create interest all year round. Extensive use of foliage contrasts, with colour, shape and texture keeps the garden full of happy combinations that vary with the seasons. Spring is heralded by the appearance of bulbs, these are then overtaken by herbaceous planting which lasts from June to the end of October. In the winter evergreens and stem colour are lit by the low winter sun.

The series of gardens allows for changes in design and mood with a pond garden, scented patio area, an herbaceous garden and many more varied spaces and surprises. As the garden moves out towards open farmland the planting becomes less formal allowing an easy gradation into wild. A developing coppiced woodland is slowly gaining a more wild understory. The amazing situation on top of the Wolds is not lost and the views are spectacular as you drive up to the garden. In order to survive the wind these views are framed and reduced from the garden. Steps can be avoided by using grass paths and lawns. The pond garden is not completely accessible to wheelchairs but can be viewed from gateway

The Wold Top Brewery also on site is open with the garden and a series of tours are available on the open days. There is also opportunity to sample a beer brewed with home grown Barley and our own pure chalk filtered water. Perfect if you can combine it all with a sunny day. 

We will be attending the event with the stand on both days - call in and say hello!

On Sunday 7th, Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder will be leading walks from the gardens to Fordon Chalk Banks where many species of butterfly have been recorded. This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.

There is a an admission charge of £4 for this event with proceeds going to charities nominated by the National Gardens Scheme.


Saturday, 20th June 2015
Shipley Station Meadow Open Day
Shipley Station Meadow
From 1pm
Grid Reference:SE150375
Event Contact:Susan Stead on 01274 774912

Bring a packed lunch if required. 
The meadow is a fenced-off area of herb-rich grassland remaining after construction of the car park, supporting the larval food plants of many of the commoner species of butterflies and moths. In urban areas, moths and butterflies often depend on such sites for breeding.Species include sallow, hawthorn, birch, ash, buckthorn, bramble, rosebay willowherb, stinging nettle, bird's-foot trefoil, cowslip, knapweed and various grasses. Females of the Common Blue here show the stronger blue colouration that is typical of the species in the northern parts of the UK.


Saturday, 28th June 2015
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens Wildlife Day
Stillingfleet Lodge
From 10am note there is an admission charge of £5 for adults, £1 for children or £10 for 2 adults & up to 3 children.
Grid Reference:SE589409
Event Contact:David Baker

David will be moth trapping on the evening prior to the event and examining the catch in the morning.
Every year Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens hosts a wildlife day in an attempt to enthuse people about the wildlife in their gardens and provide them with practical tips on how to share even the smallest of spaces with animals, birds and insects. The day is a celebration of British wildlife, where you can see practical demonstrations of bird ringing and moth-trapping. You will also be able to join experts in the garden as they take you on identification walks to find some of the secret wildlife.


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.


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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