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Cheshire & Peak District Butterfly Conservation Events

Postby RachelMC on Wed May 03, 2017 1:51 pm


14th May Sunday - Bickerton Hill/Heath. Leader: Rupert Adams;

Habitat restoration. Meet at 10am at the National Trust Car Park for Bickerton Hill off Goldford Lane, Bickerton near Malpas SY14 8LN, SJ503530. The visit will last about 1½hours. We will look at the re-establishment of lowland heath at the site. Green Hairstreak is present and we will search for the Emperor Moth (including using a pheromone lure). We will discuss the theory of introductions and transect development for the site. Although there are well made paths we will venture onto uneven ground so stout footwear is required. It is hoped Stephen Lewis (former BC Prees Heath Warden) and Jon Twigg (NT warden) might be available to answer additional questions.

21st May Sunday - Teggs Nose, Macclesfield. Leader: Tim Ward;

Introduction to Butterfly Recording and Transects. Please book in advance for this event by contacting Tim Ward: or 01625424797). Meet at Teggs Nose Visitor Centre, SK11 OAP, at 10am (car parking charges apply). The event will last 3 hours. The emphasis is on practical training in butterfly recording and will be on rough, steep paths so stout footwear and reasonable fitness levels are required. Green Hairstreak should be flying.

4th June Sunday - Bury Ditches, Shropshire. Leaders: Rupert Adams/David Tomlinson;

Habitat management. Bury Ditches is Forestry Commission land which contains a well-preserved hill fort dating from 500BC. It is also home to the nearest colony of Wood Whites to Cheshire. Butterfly Conservation has a transect for monitoring these and other butterfly species and the group will walk that transect. Wall Brown and other common species should be present. Meet at the carpark (SO334839) at 10:30am. Note - this trip will definitely NOT happen unless 10+ members make contact to register attendance.

25th June Sunday - Lion Salt Works Museum, Northwich. Leaders: Committee;

AGM. Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, CW96ES. 10am-3.30pm. Our branch annual general meeting, this year focusing on moths. Moth Trap examination and if the weather is suitable a pheromone trap at Ashton’s Flash (Six-belted Clearwing) so come in stout shoes.

2nd July Sunday - Coombs Dale, Derbyshire. Leader: David Tomlinson;

Identification. Key species-Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet, Common Blue. We meet in the car park at the edge of the football pitch in Stoney Middleton (SK23567506). We will walk approximately 1 mile down the dale on a firm track; there will be some slopes, so sensible footwear is recommended. The session is open-ended, stay as long as you wish, but bring refreshments. The area can be bad for horseflies, so repellent is recommended. There is no need to register for this trip, it will go ahead irrespective of numbers, but if the weather looks grim you should either look on Twitter (@cheshirepeakBC) for cancellation or phone David Tomlinson on 07732785979.

22nd July Saturday - New Ferry Butterfly Park, Wirral. Leader: Malcolm Plant;

Identification of common species. New Ferry Butterfly Park, Howell Road, Birkenhead CH62 5BU. 10:30AM – 2:00PM. Situated on Bebington Road between the railway over bridge and the Aldi supermarket. The Butterfly Park is an award winning, family friendly site, established on a former railway siding now reclaimed by nature. This compact park contains a range of habitats in which most of Cheshire’s butterfly species have been recorded. This is an easy walk and there is wheelchair access in the southern part of the park. A gentle tour of the park will be followed by instruction on the identification of Cheshire’s butterflies and their habitats. This is the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for the Summer butterfly season. In event of poor weather please contact Malcolm Plant for confirmation that the event will proceed (07764449084; ).

29th July Saturday - Red Rocks, West Kirby. Leader: Tim Ward;

The Marine Environment: Wildlife event Grayling; understanding their needs. Details to be finalised.

13th/14th October - Marbury Country Park, Northwich. Leader: Rupert Adams;

National Moth Night. Friday night/Saturday morning. Evening of 13th meet at 8pm at Marbury Country Park Rangers Cabins. Park in the lay-by on Marbury Lane, Comberbach, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6AT. National Moth Night–theme Ivy, but we will also have a number of moth traps and a moth tent out. Join us at 9am on the 14th - same location to see what’s been found.

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