Monday, 30 May 2011

Butterfly Conservation, Yorkshire Branch, upcoming events.

There will be a series of events in and around York over the coming weeks and months organised by Butterfly Conservation.

The events will involve guided walks through local areas of environmental interest, with a view to spotting all forms of wildlife and interesting plants, as well as butterflies of course.

The locations and dates of the upcoming events are as follows:

West Bank Park, York
Saturday, 4th June 2011 from 11:00

"Dalbyology" Forestry Commission Event - Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
Sunday, 5th June 2011 from 10:30 - 16:00

Clifton Backies, York
Sunday, 5th June 2011 from 11:00

Shipley Station Butterfly Meadow
Saturday, 18th June 2011 from 13:00

Saturday 18th June 2011 from 10:30

Bastow Wood
Sunday, 26th June 2011 from 10:00

Upper Newtondale
Rapers Farm Picnic Area
Saturday, 9th July 2011 from 10:00

St Nicholas Fields, York
Saturday, 30th July 2011 from 10:00

Hob Moor, York
Saturday, 30th July 2011 from 14:00-16:00

The Whins and Bridle Butterfly Walk
Shelley Whins and Bridle and Thunderbridge Meadows
Saturday, 6th August 2011 from 10:30
(or Sunday 7th August 13:00 if weather is poor)

Gunnerside and Low Row
Rowleth Great Wood, Swaledale
Saturday, 13th August 2011 from 10:30

And of course...

Insect Festival 2011 - Yorkshire Museum Gardens, York
Sunday, 3rd July 2011 from 10:00 to 16:00
As well as BC Yorkshire There will be a wide range of exhibits and activities, including:

Live insect displays (bees, hoverflies, aquatic insects and more)
CSI: Crime Scene Insects
Minibeast hunts around the Museum Gardens with experienced entomologists
National and regional natural history societies
The National Insect Week award-winning photographic display
Entomology book and equipment sellers
A Chance to build your own insect home for your garden
Face painting, creepy-crawly cupcakes, insect art and much much more...

The public are encouraged to bring their insect specimens or photos to be identified with the help of our team of IDENTomologists.

Come along for a day of insect fun in the beautiful Yorkshire Museum Gardens. Entry is free for under 16's and only £1 for adults.

Full details of all of these events, as well as contact details for the organisers, can be found at:

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.

The above field trips are open to all, you don't have to be a member of Butterfly Conservation, but if you are interested in joining the required information can be found here:

Friday, 13 May 2011

Tree Warden Training Day - Saturday 14th May

A Tree Warden training day with Derek Austin takes place at York Cemetery on Saturday 14th May and with bright weather forecast it should be a splendid day.

Derek promises a packed agenda including sessions dealing with the latest on tree law, pest and diseases, arborcultural tools and instruments, tree ID plus plenty of tree TLC.  Something for everybody!

Bring a packed lunch, outdoor gear for the day and small hand tools including handsaws, secateurs and loppers.

You may invite members of other environmental/conservation groups - its for free!

The day begins at 9.30 am and will end around 4.30 pm.  See you there.