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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, 10th May 2014 (or Sunday 11th May if weather inclement)
Duke of Burgundy
Meet at the car park near the cattle grid on the Hawnby-Osmotherly Road at 10:30am
Grid Reference:SE540917
Event Contact: Dave Wainwright on 07709 278407

Booking is essential as numbers are limited to 20 for this field trip. When booking please leave contact details so that you can be informed of cancellations due to inclement weather. If more than 20 people book, an additional mid-week trip may be arranged.
Car sharing would be helpful where possible.
Strong footwear, packed lunch and drinks are advisable .
A 2 mile walk over moderately rough terrain.


Sunday, 25th May 2014
Golden Acre Park, Leeds
Meet at 10:45 for 11:15 Start
Grid Reference: SE268418
Event Contact: Dave Hatton on 0113 255 2807

Wear Strong footwear and bring refreshments if required. There is a cafe across a large park.
This popular park in North Leeds is renowned for its wonderful gardens and circular lakeside walk. It is next to two nature reserves, Breary Marsh and Adel Dam and is 55 hectares in size. The park is on the route of both the Leeds Country Way and the Meanwood Valley Trail. A 2 mile walk along park footpaths forming part of the Meanwood Valley Trail is planned.
Most common butterflies and day flying moths are present on the site.


Saturday, 14th June 2014
Shipley Station Meadow Open Day
Shipley Station
Meet at the meadow from 13:00
Grid Reference:
Event Contact: Susan Stead on  01274 774912

Bring a packed lunch if required. 
This tiny meadow is in the heart of Shipley train station, between platforms 2, 5 and the car park. It is a short walk from Shipley town centre. The meadow is an area of herb-rich grassland which remained after construction of the car park. Protected by fencing and maintained by annual mowing in the autumn, it supports the larval food plants of many characteristic grassland butterflies and moths. Even this small urban habitat is being colonised by new species, such as Ringlet and Speckled Wood, which are extending their ranges northwards. Females of the Common Blue here show the stronger blue colouration that is typical of the species in the northern parts of the UK. The meadow flora includes sallow, hawthorn, birch, ash, buckthorn, bramble, rosebay willowherb, stinging nettle, bird's-foot trefoil, cowslip, knapweed and various grasses.


Sunday, 13th July 2014 Joint Event with YWT
Target species: Marbled White, Dark Green Fritillary.
Meet at 1pm at the Brockadale Nature Reserve Car Park at the end of Leys Lane, off the Little Smeaton to Darrington Road, Little Smeaton, nr. Pontefract.
Grid Reference:SE513173
Event Contact: Paul Simmons 01977 620725

Wear strong footwear and bring a packed lunch if required.
Brockadale is a Nature Reserve of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 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.The warm, sunny south-facing limestone meadows are particularly good places to see crowds of Marbled White.


Sunday, 27th July 2014
Coatham Marsh and South Gare - Joint Event With Cleveland Naturalists' Field Club
Target species Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary.
Meet at Coatham Marsh at 09:30
Grid Reference:NZ585250
Event Contact: John Money on 07768 307332 or by email: John Money

Strong footwear and a packed lunch are advisable .
Coatham Marsh is a Tees Valley Wildlife Trust nature reserve and access is good with paths and boardwalks suitable for wheelchair access.
The path to South Gare is difficult in places, with rocky areas requiring careful negotiation. It is not considered to be suitable for the disabled.
There are no toilet facilities at either site but these are available in nearby Redcar.
A takeaway serving hot and cold sandwiches is available near Coatham Marsh and a cafe serving Sunday lunches is available at South Gare though it can be crowded at times.


Sunday, 24th August 2014
Day Trip to Chambers Farm Wood, Lincoln
Meet at Driffield Rugby Club car park, on the A164 Grid reference TA013565 at 07:45
Meet at Chambers Farm Wood which is on the B1202 Wragby to Bardney road. Grid reference TF158743 at 10 am
Event Contacts: Allan Rodda on 01723 365960 or Jackie Holder on 01723 377392

This is an easy walking site, but you will need to bring a packed lunch.
Chambers Farm Nature Reserve is located on the site of a medieaval woodland and is well known for its wide range of butterflies. The 360-hectare (900-acre) beauty spot, near Wragby, Lincolnshire, has been rated as one of the best Forestry Commission sites in the UK for its insect life.
Target species include Brown Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak,Essex Skipper possible Clouded Yellow and most other common Butterflies.


Sunday, 12th October 2014
AGM & Members' Day
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington
10am - 4pm approx
Grid Reference:SE680483
Event Contact: Jax Westmoreland on 01723 341193 or email jax.westmoreland@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

Guest Speakers include Zoe Randle
Photo Competition
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