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Jump to the Butterfly Conservation Cumbria Branch Summer 2017 Special Events section. Updated: 19/03/17.

Jump to the Butterfly Conservation Cumbria Branch Summer 2017 Field Trips and Events section. Updated: 11/06/17.

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Butterfly Conservation Cumbria Branch Summer 2017 Special Events

DateEvent

Saturday

3 June 2015

09:45 - 15:45

Open Day and AGM

Open Day and Annual General Meeting 2017

Venue: Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite.

All welcome, including non-members.

Directions: On the A66 heading west from Keswick pass left turnings to Braithwaite. After Braithwaite, the farm buildings are on the right (about 1km). An advance parking sign warns of the approaching right turn. Park (car share if possible) just inside the metal gate adjacent to the events building. Grid ref: NY232248.

If the weather dictates we may 'flip' the programme by walking round the farm first. Either way suggest boots AND wellingtons as it can be very wet under foot!

This is our PREMIER EVENT of the year. Please come if you can. If you have been before we know you will want to return!

Chris Winnick, Branch Chairman.

The day's programme will be approximately as follows, weather permitting:

Programme
09.45-10.45Opening of overnight moth traps with opportunities for photography.
10.45-11.30An illustrated talk on the Cumbria Marsh Fritillary Reintroduction Programme by Steve Doyle.
11.45-12.30An illustrated talk on The Moths of Cumbria by Martin Tordoff.
12.30-13.00Lunch.
13.00-13.45AGM (BC members only).
13.45-15.45Guided walk around this very special site to see Marsh and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and Forester Moths. In the past we have also seen Osprey, Kingfisher and rare marsh flora.

Butterfly Conservation Cumbria Branch Summer 2017 Field Trips and Events

For all outdoor events participants should bring suitable outdoor clothing, waterproofs and boots or similar. Bring a packed lunch for whole day events, sun cream and plenty of water in hot weather. For evening moth events bring warmer clothing as above plus a good torch with new / recharged batteries. General safety advice will be given before all our events but we ask all who attend to take personal responsibility for their own safety and possessions and to pay special regard to trip hazards and the likely presence of ticks. If you require further information or wish to check whether an event has been postponed or cancelled due to poor weather, please contact the walk leader before setting out.

We will be supporting the national Big Butterfly Count (Friday 14 July to Sunday 6 August 2017) by encouraging participants on butterfly walks to take part. All you need do is record one or more times during this period for 15 minutes in your own garden, a local park, nature reserve etc., then submit the records online. Our walk leaders will bring survey forms, but full details available at www.bigbutterflycount.org.

Print the directions from your home using our directions tool.

DateEvent

Friday

28 April

Rusland Horizons Training Workshop - What Butterfly would live here?

Indoors and outside at Brantwood, Coniston Water

A practical workshop day looking at how to recognise and assess suitable habitat for butterflies, especially the Fritillaries of Rusland, and carrying out butterfly surveys and monitoring.

Directions: Turn right at Penny Bridge off the A590 (roundabout) onto the A5902 signposted for Workington, Whitehaven. Turn right onto the A5084 signposted for Coniston. Turn right onto the A593 in Torver. Follow the signs for Brantwood from the village of Coniston. Grid ref: SD311957, Satnav LA21 8AD.

Contact: Hilary Smith for details, timings and bookings, hsmith@butterfly-conservation.org 01524 298680 or 07946 026 670.

Sunday

30 April

20:15 until late (note Bank holiday weekend)

Moths at Meathop Moss

Joint with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Target Spring moths at this site with its recently improved boardwalk and access.

Directions: From A590 at Witherslack take the minor road signed for Ulpha. After about 0.9km, just before High Stock Bridge park in the layby on right hand side. Reserve entrance SD447820. Car-share if possible.

Contact: Martin Tordoff 01539 735935, 07981 348 148

Tuesday

23 May

10:00-14:00

Butterflies of Warton Crag

Joint with Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch and Kendal Natural History Society

Target species: Pearl-bordered and possibly Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and other spring species, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak...

Directions: In Warton village turn left into Main Street. Continue towards the church turning right into Crag Lane. Meet at Warton Quarry car park, Grid ref SD491723.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Thursday

1 June

10:00-14:00

Butterflies of Farrer's Allotment, Whitbarrow

Joint with Butterfly Conservation Lancashire Branch

Target species: Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, and other common species.

Directions: Farrer's Allotment is located on the south east end of Whitbarrow Scar. From either direction along the A590, turn off this road at the last turning before (from Barrow direction) or the first turning after (from Kendal direction) the A5074 Lyth Valley road (SD466852). After 500m, turn right towards Raven's Lodge. Pass through the farmyard, bearing right and park in the second car park on the left. Steep ascent to site. Wear suitable clothing as ticks will be about.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Saturday

3 June

10:00-ca 15:00

Open day and Cumbria Branch AGM Blackwood Farm, Braithwaite

Opening moth traps, illustrated talks on the reintroduction of the Marsh Fritillary to Cumbria, moths in Cumbria and a walk around Blackwood Farm for the Marsh Fritillary and Forester Moth.

Directions: Follow A66T from Keswick towards Cockermouth. Pass junctions to Braithwaite village on left: Braithwaite Moss is on right hand side by farm buildings (ca 1km). Parking is available at entrance to farm and in yard. Grid reference NY232248 Wellingtons recommended.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Sunday

4 June

11:00

The Butterflies of Cumbria's North-west Coast

With possible visits also to other Small Blue sites in the area - please bring picnic.

Target species: Small Blue; Common Blue; Dingy Skipper; Wall, early Large Skipper.

Directions: Meet at Workington Oldside car park, Grid ref NX995301. At the roundabout on the north side of the River Derwent bridge take minor road to Port of Workington, go over railway bridge then turn right down a track about 150m to the car park right at the end of the straight track.

Contact: Steve Doyle 01228 544059

Monday

5 June

10:30

Butterflies at Ormsgill Slag Banks, Barrow-in-Furness

Joint with Arnside Natural History Society

Optional visit to Sandscale Haws from 13:30 for guided walk led by Colin Newlands.

Target species: Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Wall Brown, Small Blue.

Directions: From Lindal in Furness follow A590 through three roundabouts towards Barrow. Pass industrial buildings on both sides in 40-mph limit. Just after passing the left sign to Ormsgill note the two reclaimed slag banks on the right. There is a red sandstone wall on the right, situated on a gentle left hand bend. Turn right to the parking area before the start of the wall. Grid ref SD192712.

Bring appropriate clothing, lunch and stout footwear.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Wednesday

14 June

Survey for Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries - south of Grizedale Forest

Joint with Rusland Horizons

Come along for a butterfly walk and survey all butterflies, especially the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. This key species is probably under recorded in the Rusland Horizons area where we will be covering a large area south of Grizedale Forest.

Directions: contact Hilary.

Contact: Hilary Smith for details, timings and bookings, hsmith@butterfly-conservation.org 01524 298680 or 07946 026 670.

Sunday

18 June

10:45-15:00

Mountain Ringlets at Irton Fell

Rescheduled from Sunday 11 June. If interested please contact Martin Tordoff on phone numbers shown or via email.

A gentle climb to see Mountain Ringlets at their lowest altitude site in Lakeland, plus the possibility of Argent and Sable moth.

In the event of bad or doubtful weather, please contact walk leader before setting out.

Directions: Meet at the car park/layby at Grid ref NY121012 on the Eskdale Green to Stanton Bridge road.

Contact: Martin Tordoff 01539 735935 or 07981 348 148

Friday

23 June

Rusland Horizons Training Workshop - Focus on Fritillaries indoors and outside at Grizedale Forest Centre

Get to know the rare Fritillary butterflies living in the Rusland Horizons area. How do you tell the difference between the very rare High Brown and the more common Dark Green? How is the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary different? Led by Dave Wainwright, Butterfly Conservation's Northern regional manager.

Directions: Follow A590 Barrow in Furness direction past Newby Bridge to the Haverthwaite crossroads, right turn tourist sign Grizedale Forest Park and follow signs for Satterthwaite/Grizedale north. Grid Ref SD331944, Satnav LA22 0QJ

Contact: Hilary Smith for details, timings and bookings, hsmith@butterfly-conservation.org 01524 298680 or 07946 026 670

Friday evening

30 June

21:45 until late

Saturday morning

1 July

08:30

Moths at CWT Plumgarths Gardens

Joint with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Our sixth annual moth event in these attractive gardens, hoping to add to the tally of 145 moth species already identified here. We identify moths as they arrive, then open the traps on Saturday morning to examine the night's moth catch. Feel free to attend one or both events. Subject to cancellation if wet, cold or windy.

Directions: Meet at CWT, Plumgarths, Kendal, grid ref: SD494947, Satnav LA8 8LX, 300m on the right, opposite the farm shop, along the Crook Bowness road (B5284) from Plumgarths roundabout.

Contact: Martin Tordoff 01539 735935, 07981 348 148

Booking in advance required by phoning CWT on 01539 816300

Monday

3 July

10:30-14:00

The Butterflies of Holme Park Quarry

Joint with Arnside Natural History Society

Target species: High Brown Fritillary, Grayling.

This is a working quarry. Bring hard hat and hi-vis jacket if you have them, otherwise these can be provided.

Directions: Take quarry access road from junction with A6070 Burton in Kendal road at Grid ref SD529788, a short distance from junctions with minor roads to Holme. Beware heavy waggons. Report to the office by signing-in and giving your car registration. Car share if possible. Satnav LA6 1NZ

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Wednesday

5 July

10:30 to ca 16:00. Please note that the parking place and trip start has been altered from that in the newsletter.

The Butterflies and Wildlife Management of Hutton Roof Crags Nature Reserve

Joint with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Target species: High Brown, Dark Green, and possibly late Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Common Blue, Grayling.

A chance to learn about the management carried out to protect these species. A walk of about 6km over difficult terrain.

Picnic lunch, walking boots, warm clothing required.

Directions: From M6 junction 36, take A65 then A6070 to Burton in Kendal. Turn left at the southern end of the town (Dalton Lane) and follow this road uphill for about 2km and turn left signed Hutton. Park on roadside when you enter Low House (buildings) at footpath sign marked Park Wood, Grid ref SD570780

Booking in advance required by phoning CWT on 01539 816300

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Friday

7 July

21.45 - late

The Moths of Halecat Nursery

Robinson and actinic moth traps will be run adjacent to Halecat nursery, with the evening's catch examined in comfort in Tom and Abi's covered seating area by the car park.

Directions: Turn off A590 at Witherslack junction, then follow brown "Halecat Nursery" signs and park in the Garden Centre parking, Grid ref SD433835, Satnav LA11 6RT

Contact: Martin Chadwick 01539 532553 or 07722 571 327 on the day

Monday

10 July

11:00-14:30

The Butterflies of Hampsfell/Hampsfield Allotment

Joint with Grange Natural History Society

Includes locations on Bishop's/Hampsfell Allotments, and visits to newt pond and recently-seeded wild flower meadows.

Target species: High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries

Directions: Park on verge of Green Lane (Cartmel to High Newton road), between Broughton Lodge and Hampsfield Hall. Grid ref SD391805.

Contact: David Jackson 015395 33322

Wednesday

12 July

10:30-12:30

The Butterflies of Barkbooth Lot, Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve

Joint with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Target species: High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries, Common Blue, Meadow Brown and other summer butterflies.

Directions: From A590 junction at Gilpin Bridge take the A5074 signed Bowness. Follow this road for many km, and after a left turn signed Grange the road rises and bears sharp left (ignore minor road signed Crosthwaite on right) continue on A5074. Shortly after, the Bowness road bears right (ignore minor road ahead to Bowland Bridge). Shortly afterwards, take the first (very) minor diagonal turning to the left. After about 0.5km, park in layby at the Reserve entrance, Grid Ref SD418909.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Friday

14 July

11:00-14:00

Butterflies of Undermillbeck Common

A "Big Butterfly Count" event

This acidic Bracken-dominated grassland holds a good and fairly stable population of Dark Green and High Brown Fritillaries. We will walk up the Green lane and explore areas on each side.

Directions: Park at the southern end of Lindeth Lane at the junction with A5074 about half a mile north of Winster, Grid ref SD415942.

Contact: Martin Chadwick 01539 532553 or 07722 571 327 on the day

Saturday

22 July

Butterflies of Brantwood, Coniston Water

Joint event with Rusland Horizons and Friends of Brantwood

Walk around the beautiful gardens, woodland and moorland at Brantwood with Butterfly Conservation’s Dave Wainwright to locate butterflies and day flying moths

Directions: On minor road on the east side of Coniston Water, SD311957, satnav LA21 8AD. Turn right at Penny Bridge off the A590 (roundabout) onto the A5902 signposted for Workington, Whitehaven. Turn right onto the A5084 signposted for Coniston. Turn right onto the A593 in Torver. Follow the signs for Brantwood from the village of Coniston.

Contact: Hilary Smith for details, timings and bookings, hsmith@butterfly-conservation.org 01524 298680 or 07946 026 670

Saturday evening

22 July

21:00 until late

Sunday morning

23 July

08:30

Moths at Hay Bridge Nature Reserve

Joint with Hay Bridge Society

Another chance to see wonderful moths at this site of many varied habitats

Directions: At the Newby Bridge roundabout on A590 take the 1st exit signed Barrow and Ulverston. After about 6km at the Haverthwaite crossroads, turn right signed Bouth and follow signed road to Bouth. In Bouth, turn right at the White Hart Inn and follow this road for about 1km to find a road sign showing for Hay Bridge only, and follow this lane until you reach the car park at the end. Reserve centre and car park at Grid ref SD337876, Satnav LA12 8JG

Contact: Martin Tordoff 01539 735935, 07981 348 148

Thursday

27 July

20:45 till late

Moths at Brantwood, Coniston

Joint with Friends of Brantwood and Rusland Horizons Project

Our first moth event at Brantwood, seeking dusk-flying moths around the gardens, where a series of light traps will also be run

Directions: Turn right at Penny Bridge off the A590 (roundabout) onto the A5902 signposted for Workington, Whitehaven. Turn right onto the A5084 signposted for Coniston. Turn right onto the A593 in Torver. Follow the signs for Brantwood from the village of Coniston. On minor road on east shore of Coniston Water, grid ref SD311957, satnav LA21 8AD

Contact: Martin Tordoff 01539 735935, 07981 348 148

Friday

4 August

10:30-ca 15:00

Guided Walk around Hay Bridge Nature Reserve

Joint with Arnside Natural History Society

A walk led by Chris Berry who is an excellent speaker and natural history expert.

Charge: £5 per person

Directions: At the Newby Bridge roundabout on A590 take the 1st exit signed Barrow and Ulverston. After about 6km at the Haverthwaite crossroads, turn right signed Bouth and follow signed road to Bouth. In Bouth, turn right at the White Hart Inn and follow this road for about 1km to find a road sign showing for Hay Bridge only, and follow this lane until you reach the car park at the end. Reserve centre and car park at Grid ref SD337876, satnav LA12 8JG

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Sunday

13 August

10:00-14:00

Butterflies of Witherslack Woodlands and Howe Ridding Wood

Joint with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Target species: Silver-washed, High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries, Common Blue

Directions: Turn off A590 towards Witherslack, continue on road to pass through the village to Witherslack Hall (Oversands School). Turn right on to a rough track (the Kennels) for parking. Grid ref SD436859.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Tuesday

15 August

10:00-ca 1500

Butterflies and Wildlife Management of Smardale Gill CWT Nature Reserve

Joint with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Target species: Scotch Argus plus hopefully another dozen common species

Directions: Leave M6 at junction 38 and take the A685 towards Brough. At Newbiggin, take a left turn signed Great Asby. Parking available in about 500m. Grid ref NY701056. A short walk to the old railway line, then about 3km walk along the former railway track bed to the viaduct.

Contact: Peter Boardman 017683 42079

Friday

18 August

Dusk-late

Moths at Allithwaite Quarry

A late summer visit to this site, where well over moth 100 species have already been recorded. Subject to cancellation if wet, cold or windy

Directions: From the east, turn off A590 at Meathop roundabout at first exit and follow sign posted road to Grange. Drive through Grange centre following the major roads signed to Allithwaite and Flookburgh. Leave Grange by Risedale Hill (large pink building on right) and enter open country. In Allithwaite, turn right at Yakkers pub, then right just after Post Office into Quarry Lane, which leads to the community playing field. Grid reference SD388767. From the west, turn right at Haverthwaite crossroads and follow B5278 to Holker, Cark and Flookburgh to Allithwaite. Turn left at Yakkers pub, then right just after Post Office into Quarry Lane, which leads to the community playing field. Park at playing field, grid ref SD387767.

Please do not park in the lane.

Contact: Martin Chadwick 015395 32553 or 07722 571 327 on the day

Sunday

20 August

10:00-13:00

Late Summer Butterflies of Kendal

Most of the walk will be on or near Kendal golf course

Target species: Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and other late summer butterflies.

Directions: Meet at the Lime Kiln at top of Beast Banks, with roadside parking around Grid ref SD507924

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254

Butterfly Conservation Cumbria Branch Winter 2016-2017 Wednesday Work Parties

Meet at 10:00 at the Parking places described below. Check below for last minute changes or ring Chris Winnick on 01539 728254 or David Eastlick on 015395 32076.

Dress appropriately for Cumbrian weather, boots, waterproofs, warm clothing and bring lunch and drinks. We supply tools and protective items.

The grid references in the event details are links to show the location on our online Google map. The Directions links allow Google directions to be found to the grid reference of the parking for the event.

DateEvent

Wednesday

29 March 2017

10.00

Gillbirks - Just south of Township Plantation - Additional work party to those previously advertised

Brash burning after contractors' work.

Directions: Take A5074 from Gilpin Bridge, take second left turn to 'The Howe' (no signpost), cross minor road and climb to the centre of the hamlet. Turn left on tarmac road, and then bear right onto a track with concrete wheel tracks. Parking (limited) at the first clearing in the wood. Grid reference SD454885.

Contact: Chris Winnick 01539 728254.


 
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