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Calendar of Events - July to October 2018

Meet up for projects on site at 10.00 a.m. except where stated. Please tell the leader in advance that you are coming so that they can plan tools and refreshments. The leader is also the person to phone if you want, or can offer, a lift to the site. Please cycle or walk to the site if possible.
Details in red are changes from the published programme.


The tables below give a quick overview of when events are happening - click on the month name in a table's header to jump to details of events happening during that month, or click on the date to jump straight to details of that event. Hover your mouse over the info icon to get brief pop-up info on the event.

June 2018
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Colour key : Social Project Meeting Cancelled/moved Residential Project Multiple

June 2018
task Sunday 17th Fence Checking and Repair Pamber Forest
After many years of springtime effort by BCV and others, the fencing of coppice plots in Pamber Forest is more or less complete. However, no fence stays intact for ever, so there is a need to regularly check sections of fence and carry out any repairs found necessary. The exact location of the work and the meeting place will be determined nearer the day. Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader. Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details Leader on 01189 700155.
task Bioblitz Ecchinswell Pond
A bioblitz is a short intensive survey of the wildlife of a defined site in order to find out as much as possible about its wildlife value. The maintenance plan for the area of the pond in Ecchinswell village is currently under review and so the information gained by a bioblitz will help inform any changes to be made to the plan. This is likely to be a half-day activity and will be kept floating in the schedule (could be Saturday or Sunday) to try and take advantage of good weather. Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader. Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the details.
Leader on 01635 268482.
social Sunday 24th Salisbury Plain Walk
A walk on Salisbury Plain to enjoy the wildflowers and hopefully see some of the special insects and birds of the area. We will be going to the area around Sidbury Hill where there is good access maintained by agreement with the MoD. The plan is to take a picnic lunch. Further details to be provided nearer the time. Please contact the leader to let them know to expect you at the meeting point. Contact on 07848 007947.
July 2018
task Sun 8th Scrub bash Micheldever Chalkies
The Chalkies at Micheldever were originally piles of chalk spoil left from the digging out of the nearby railway tunnel. Formed of coarse rubble, the mounds have always been very free-draining and so were colonised by grassland vegetation suited to those conditions. Some of the plant species involved have since become much rarer in the general countryside, leaving a very special habitat. Maintaining the site in good condition requires careful management to combat the invasion of scrub. We will be helping to dig out as many small tree seedlings as we can find.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details
Leader on 07767 822265.
task Sun 22nd Grass-cutting Pamber Forest
The site where a sewer line was laid through the Forest has turned into a sunny, long and linear meadow between high woodland cover to one side and a series of coppice coupes on the other. Its many herbaceous plants and grasses (which are shaded out in the neighbouring woodland habitats) are exploited by a myriad of invertebrates looking for nectar, cover or a place to roost, which will in turn be eaten by birds and bats. Look out for butterflies such as the Silver Washed Fritillary and Ringlet feeding while on task. Selected areas of the grassland are cut with scythes each year and raked into heaps to stop the ranker grasses from suppressing the herbaceous plants.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details
Leader on 01189 700155.
social Saturday 28th Silchester Summer picnic
Join us for a summer picnic at Silchester recreation ground. As well as the food and drink, we hope to play some games, so please see if you have something you could bring along.
Event moved from July 28th!
Contact on 01635 268482.
social Saturday 28th Pamber Forest Moths of Pamber
Graham will be setting up some moth traps in Pamber Forest to see what is on the wing there in late July. There will be an opportunity to see the moths arriving during the evening and also in the morning to check what is in the trap. The start time will be about 8.30pm. See email nearer the day for full details.
Contact on 01189 700155.
August 2018
task Sun 5th Grass-cut Headley Gravel Pits
This Hampshire Wildlife Trust reserve is well-known for its display of Green-winged Orchids in the spring. Due to the lack of any grazing (other than by rabbits), it is necessary to cut back rank grass and invasive scrub to stop the orchids being smothered. In summer this means cutting the main areas of grass with scythes and raking the cut material into heaps in the nearby scrub.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details.
Leader on 07425 160394.
meeting Tues 7th Committee meeting Dave's House
An opportunity to keep up to speed with the goings-on of BCV. The start time will be 8pm.
Contact on 01256 326828.
social Saturday 11th Silchester Summer picnic
Join us for a summer picnic at Silchester recreation ground. As well as the food and drink, we hope to play some games, so please see if you have something you could bring along.
Event moved to July 28th!
Contact on 01635 268482.
task Sun 19th Boardwalk Building Mill Field
This site behind the Millstone pub at Old Basing is a valuable open space that is managed for nature by a local group affiliated to Natural Basingstoke. The field is quite rich in wildlife due to the change in terrain from the higher, drier areas down to fen-edge habitat in lower parts.
The latter areas are often quite wet early in the year, so the local group have been building and maintaining a boardwalk for the use of visitors. Our work today will be to continue laying more of the wire mesh-covered railway sleepers that form the boardwalk and pegging them in place.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details.
Leader on 01635 49304.
September 2018
task Sun 9th Fen-cut Sherbourne St John
This small private site (designated a SINC by Hampshire County Council) is a surviving fragment of a previously much larger open calcareous wetland. The current owners have managed it admirably for its wildlife interest for many years but now require some help.
We will be cutting the fen vegetation and raking it into piles away from the wetter areas.
Due to the sensitive nature of the site and its location, spaces are limited for this task so please contact the leader beforehand to let them know you are interested in coming.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details
Leader on 01256 326828.
task Sun 23rd Coppicing Pamber Forest
Coppicing was a traditional practice of producing materials from small trees and shrubs, most notably hazel. The act of harvesting the material by cutting back to ground level creates a series of temporarily open spaces in different stages of growth and each stage is exploited by a range of different species. The high biodiversity value this creates ensures that this practice remains a priority of woodland conservation.
BCV will be mimicking this practice by cutting the hazel, creating the odd habitat pile and burning the brash on a bonfire.
Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details
Leader on 07848 007947.
October 2018
task Sun 14th Pond clearance Ecchinswell
BCV have helped the residents of Ecchinswell village with their annual pond maintenance day for a number of years, by providing extra people, tools and expertise.
This is not an official BCV task; BBQ lunch is provided by the locals, but please bring any extra refreshments you may require. If you would like to come please let Mike know the week before.
Leader on 01635 268482.
meeting Tue 16th Committee Meeting Red Lion Pub
Committee meeting at the Red Lion pub, Mortimer West End to discuss the next programme. Meeting time is 8pm.
Leader on 01189 700155.
social Sun 21st Autumn Walk New Forest
A walk in the New Forest to enjoy the autumn foliage and hopefully see some of the wildlife (especially fungi) for which the area is famous. The plan is to take a picnic lunch.
Further details to be provided nearer the time.
Please contact the leader to let them know to expect you at the meeting point.
Leader on 01635 49304.
task Sun 28th Coppicing Pamber Forest
We will be continuing the autumn/winter coppicing programme in Pamber Forest. The exact location will be decided nearer the time. Tea/Coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be provided by the leader.
Please contact the leader and look out for their email advertising the task to find the full details
Leader on 01635 49304.
November 2018 onwards
Details for November 2018 onwards will appear here towards the end of September ...
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