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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, 14th May 2016 or Sunday 15th May 2016 if weather inclement
Hawnby
Target species Duke of Burgundy and Green Hairstreak
Meet at 10:00 in the lay-by on the Helmsley to Stokesley road for a short drive to the site at Hawnby Hill.
Grid Reference: SE572870
Event Contact: Allan Rodda on 01723 365960 or Jackie Holder on 01723 377392


Strong footwear, waterproof clothing are advisable for a 2 mile walk over moderately rough terrain.
Bring a packed lunch and drink if required.
Don't forget your camera.
There are no facilities on this site.

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Sunday, 22nd May 2016
Strensall Common
Strensall Common
Meet at 10:30 in the car park by the cattle grid on Flaxton Road
Grid Reference: SE648611
Event Contact: Penny Relf on 07932 605524, Terry Crawford on 01904 760849

An easy-going walk, in terms of time and distance, to see the conservation work, including grazing exclosures, for Dark Bordered Beauty moth. Hopefully, we will see some early butterflies (e.g. Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Small Copper, Green-veined White) and moths (e.g. Mother Shipton, Grass Wave, Common Heath, Latticed Heath, Beautiful Yellow Underwi

Please wear sensible clothing. Boots / wellies, long trousers, insect repellant (there are biting insects and deer and sheep ticks are present ). 
Hats and sunscreen ( we should be so lucky!)
Bring water and snacks/packed lunch.
The nearest toilet is in Strensall at the garage or the pub.
If the weather is wet we shall postpone to another suitable day,

NB  Part of Strensall Common is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.  Most of the “Common” is, in fact, Strensall Military Training Area belonging to the MoD.  It is likely that live firing will be occurring on May 22nd, but probably not on July 8th;  military training will not affect our planned routes on the MoD land for either day.

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Saturday, 18th June 2016
Shipley Station Meadow
Shipley Station
Meet at 13:00
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.

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. The reserve is owned by Network Rail and managed jointly by Butterfly Conservation, Bradford Urban Wildlife Group and Leeds Groundwork Trust.


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Saturday 2nd July 2016 or Sunday 3rd July 2016 if the weather is inclement
Deepdale Meadow
Deepdale Dalby Forest - Joint field trip with Lincolnshire Branch
Meet at 09:30 in the Forge Valley Inn car park West Ayton near Scarborough Grid reference SE9888848
Grid Reference for Deepdale: SE914906
Event Contact: Jackie Holder 01723 377392 or Allan Rodda 01723 365960

Joint field trip with Lincolnshire Branch visiting Deepdale in Dalby forest and other local butterfly sites, if time and weather conditions allow.

Stout footwear and water proof clothing are advisable.
Bring a packed lunch and drinks if reuired.
Do not forget to bring your camera.
Target species: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Wood Tiger and other Flora and Fauna of interest

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Thursday 7th July 2016
Shipley Station Marbled White Survey
Shipley Station
Meet at 14:00
Grid Reference: SE150375
Event Contact: Susan Stead on 01274 774912

Joint Event with Bradford Urban Wildlife Group


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Friday 8th July 2016
Strensall Common and World's end
Strensall Common
Meet at 09:30 in the car park by the cattle grid on Flaxton Road
Grid Reference: SE648611
Event Contact: Penny Relf on 07932 605524, Terry Crawford on 01904 760849 or Keith Gittens 07903 449509

A decent ramble of  2–4 hours depending on the interests of those attending and the weather. 
We would hope to see a good range of summer butterflies, and dragonflies especially at World’s End. 
Moths could include Straw Dot, Chevron, Common Heath, Silver Y, Four-dotted Footman, Marbled White-spot, Light Knot Grass, Silver Hook, Clouded Buff, and possibly a Dark Bordered Beauty at its only English site. 
This is a good area for  those who wish to improve their skills with caterpillar and/or micro-moth identification!

Please wear sensible clothing:  boots/wellies, long trousers, insect repellent (there are biting insects and deer and sheep ticks are present).
Hats and sunscreen (we should be so lucky!).
Bring water and snacks/packed lunch.
The nearest toilet is in Strensall at the garage or the pub.
If the weather is wet we shall postpone to another suitable day.

NB  Part of Strensall Common is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.  Most of the “Common” is, in fact, Strensall Military Training Area belonging to the MoD.  It is likely that live firing will be occurring on May 22nd, but probably not on July 8th;  military training will not affect our planned routes on the MoD land for either day.


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Sunday, 2nd October 2016
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.

Speakers: David Baker and Rich Baines

Raffle
Book Stall
Plant Stall


Photographic Competition - this year's theme is photographs of butterflies or moths taken in the UK which show them in their natural habitat.

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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