Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Butterfly Conservation
Hertfordshire & Middlesex Branch
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Walks and Talks 2017

A full programme of walks is planned for 2017. Additions to the programme may be added so do revisit.

Members may attend any of the events in this programme and friends and non-members are very welcome

All events are organised by Butterfly Conservation ~ Hertfordshire & Middlesex Branch unless otherwise stated

If you wish to know more about an individual event please get in touch with the named contact for the walk

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Children are welcome at our events, but if under 16 they must be accompanied by at least one adult for two children. It is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s) to ensure that the event is within the children's ability.

Tips for an enjoyable field trip

Click on image for tips to ensure an enjoyable and safe walk


Links to other groups arranging walks; fieldtrips and moth evening events in Hertfordshire & Middlesex
Herts & Middlesex Moth Group
London Natural History Society
Herts Natural History Society
Herts Branch ~ British Naturalists' Association
London Wildlife Trust
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Countryside Management Service

A map of the locations of all the walks can be viewed on this Google map link - please look at the programme below to confirm all the details

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Date: Thursday 20th APRIL 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for early spring species at the invitation of the Surrey and SW London Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Ham Lands, near Petersham
Grid Reference: TQ169731 [Landranger Map 176] or postcode TW10 7RS
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 meet at the carpark south of Thames at north end of Ham Street, Petersham. Morning only.
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Richmond (South West Trains from London Waterloo) approx. 4.5km
Information: Booking is not necessary but please contact the leader before travelling to ensure the walk is running as it may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions.
Contact details: Malcolm Bridge ~ 020 8289 3839 or 07806 253331



Date: Saturday 29th APRIL 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for early spring species and bluebells
Site: Stanmore Country Park
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ172927 [Landranger Map 176]
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 Dennis Lane, lower entrance, Stanmore, Middx
Directions/Transport: Stanmore Underground (Jubilee) Buses: H12, 142, 340
Information:
Contact details: John Hollingdale ~ 020 8863 2077 or email: holhu@yahoo.co.uk



Date: Sunday 14th MAY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Grizzled Skippers with HMWT. Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested
Site: Waterford Heath
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL316150 [Landranger Map 166] or postcode SG14 3LU
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 Reserve car park on Vicarage Lane to finish at approx. 12:00
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Hertford North (Great Northern from London Kings Cross/Moorgate) Then taxi or a 2 mile walk. Park in car park on Vicarage Lane which should be accessed by Sacombe Road, Hertford, not off the A119 through Waterford village. Sacombe road can be accessed from the A602 between Ware and Watton at Stone or B158 through Hertford
Information: Strong shoes must be worn - some slopes will be encountered. Two sand and gravel pits now home to a wide variety of butterflies, moths and plants
Contact details: Andrew Wood ~ 0776 509 8824 or email zoothorn@ntlworld.com



Date: Tuesday 16th MAY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for spring butterflies including Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak. Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested.
Site: Aldbury Nowers
Grid Reference and or postcode: SP949128 [Landranger Map 165]
Time & Meeting place: 11.00 -13:30 - Meet at the layby on Northfield Road
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Tring station (London Midland from London Euston)
Information: Important information: There are some steep slopes
Contact details: Booking essential so please call the Trust on 01727 858901. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable.



Date: Saturday 20th MAY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for spring butterflies including Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak. At the invitation of the Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
Site: Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers
Grid Reference and or postcode: SP955149 [Landranger Map 165]
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 - Meet at National Trust Carpark on Stocks Road
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Tring station (London Midland from London Euston)
Information: Important information: There are some steep slopes
Contact details: Dennis Dell ~ 01296 397039



Date: Sunday 21st MAY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for spring butterflies including Dingy Skipper and day flying moths. For those interested this is also a good site for solitary bees and wasps as well as having a significant array of wildflowers. At the invitation of the Box Moor Trust.
Site: Bovingdon Brickworks
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL007032 [Landranger Map 165]
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 - Meet in the site carpark. Morning walk to finish approx 13:00. Depending on the weather and local reports that week, there may be another interesting Box Moor Trust site to visit nearby after lunch for an unguided foray for those who would like to make a day of it. Directions to be given on the day.
Directions/Transport: Directions for the Brickworks Wildlife Site: - coming from the M25 leave at J20 onto A41 dual carriageway to Aylesbury. Leave at the next junction at Bourne End. At roundabout, take 2nd exit on to A4251 heading east on London Road towards Boxmoor and Hemel Hempstead. In about 1000 metres at the traffic lights turn right at the Swan Antique Centre on to B4505 / Box Lane. Drive straight on across mini roundabouts and a double roundabout (next to the Half Way House Pub) for a total of 2.7 miles. Then take the main turn on the left to Ley Hill and be ready to turn immediately left again on to Green Lane. In about 200 metres you will see a gateway on the right - hidden in the hedge - where there is small carpark. Nearest station is Hemel Hempstead approx. 3 miles (London Midland from London Euston) - taxi to site would be about £8.
Information: Most of the site is easy walking but the wilder bits has bramble that needs care to pass. There are a few steep sided dell holes (which do not have to be navigated) so if any children attend they need to be closely supervised. The site can be very muddy after rain so appropriate footwear is advised.
Contact details: Liz Goodyear ~ 01920 487066 or email: elizabethgoodyear@talk21.com
The Box Moor Trust reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable. Booking for this walk is essential as numbers will be restricted to 20 people.



Date: Friday 26th MAY 2017
Event: Moth evening
Site: Stanmore Country Park
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ172927 [Landranger Map 176]
Time & Meeting place: 21:30 Dennis lane, lower entrance, Stanmore, Middx
Directions/Transport: Stanmore Underground (Jubilee) Buses: H12, 142, 340
Information:
Contact details: John Hollingdale ~ 020 8863 2077 or email: holhu@yahoo.co.uk



Date: Sunday 28th MAY 2017
Event: Butterfly Walk for heathland butterflies - target Green Hairstreak, Small Heath and Small Copper
Site: Hounslow Heath Nature Reserve, nr. Hounslow, Middlesex
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ119748 [Landranger Map 176] or postcode TW4 5RB
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 at the Hounslow Heath Car Park, 450 Staines Road, TW4 5RB - approx. 2 hour duration
Directions/Transport: Nearest tube station is Hounslow West (Piccadilly Line) - 25 minute walk. Local buses stop nearby (Frampton Road Bus Stop)
Information: Although the site is relatively flat, walking boots are recommended. There are no toilets or refreshments available.
Contact details: Paul Busby ~ 077497 09422 and Pete Gore



Date: Tuesday 13th JUNE 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Silver-studded Blue at the invitation of the Surrey and SW London Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Fairmile Common, Surrey
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ117617 [Landranger Map 176/186] or postcode KT11 1BL
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 meet at the carpark. Morning only.
Directions/Transport: From Cobham take A307 towards Esher; after 2km turn left at sign for Cobham International School; car park 300m on right. Nearest station is Oxshott (South West Trains from London Waterloo) approx. 3miles
Information: Please note finding Silver-studded Blue is not guaranteed!
Contact details: Mike Weller ~ 07918 171179 or 01306 882097. Booking is not necessary but please contact the leader before travelling to ensure the walk is running as it may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions.



Date: Thursday 15th JUNE 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Small Blue and other grassland species
Site: Land off Hillbrow, Letchworth
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL207319 [Landranger Map 166] or postcode SG6 3RF
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 meeting at the top of the field next to the playground which is down a small entrance road off Hillbrow (Between house numbers 55 and 57) in Letchworth. This entry road is signposted for the Letchworth Garden City Greenway and leads past some garages and a playground through an accessible gate.
Directions/Transport: Hillbrow can be accessed from the town centre down Station Way, and High Avenue and Burnell Rise. There is no car park and these are narrow suburban roads so you may have to park a little way away. Landmark bus 53 stops nearby at West View and runs from Letchworth station every hour. Nearest station is Letchworth station (Great Northern from London King's Cross)
Information: Generally easy walking but wear reasonable footwear as there may be some mud and grassland may be damp
Contact details: Andrew Wood ~ 0776 509 8824 or email zoothorn@ntlworld.com



Date: Friday 23rd JUNE 2017
Event: Moth Identification Evening ~ Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested.
Site: Thorley Wash HMWT Nature Reserve
Grid Reference and or postcode: Approx. TL490181 [Landranger Map 167]
Time & Meeting place: Evening event from 21:00 to 22:30
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Bishop's Stortford station (Greater Anglia from London Liverpool Street) approx. 2 mile walk
Information: Join Reserves Officer Jenny and local moth expert Graeme Smith for an evening at Thorley Wash discovering the wonderful moth species found in the Stort Valley.
Contact details: Booking essential so please call the Trust on 01727 858901. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable



Date: Saturday 1st JULY 2017
Event: White-letter Hairstreak and other summer butterflies including Marbled White and Purple Hairstreak, also the inspection of a moth trap run on the previous night with the Friends of Horsenden Hill
Site: Horsenden Hill, Middlesex
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ163840 [Landranger Map 176]
Time & Meeting place: 09:30 at Horsenden Farm, Horsenden Lane North, Greenford. Morning walk to finish approx 13:00
Directions/Transport: Perivale (Central line) - 5 mins walk north from Perivale or the 297 bus from Ealing Broadway - 2 mins north from the 297 bus stop at the junction of Horsenden Lane South and Bilton Road
Information: Toilets near the car park but not on the walk itself. Terrain is a little uneven in parts - insect repellent advisable!
Afternoon extension at the invitation of the Selbourne Society starting at 14:00 "Entomology Explorer Fiona Barclay seeks and discovers insects (and often other beasties too) in and around Perivale Wood and meadows"
http://perivalewood.k-hosting.co.uk/
Bring packed lunch if staying all day
Contact details: Dave Howdon ~ 020 8426 6621



Date: Saturday 1st JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk with the Woodland Trust
Site: Heartwood Forest
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL168107 [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 at the Woodland Trust car park, Sandridge, Herts. Morning approx. 3.5 mile circular walk to finish approx. 13:30. Some gentle uphill slopes.
Directions/Transport: Nearest station St Albans city (First Capital Connect from London St Pancras) approx 2.45 miles. Access from the south. Head north from St Albans along the B651 towards Wheathampstead. Pass through the village of Sandridge and turn left at the brown road sign for Heartwood Forest (TL172110) Follow a new private road for 500 meters arriving at the new Woodland Trust car park, the start point for our walk at TL168107. Please note the carpark may not be shown on some maps.
Information: A leisurely walk through newly planted areas of forest to see a vivid display of summer butterflies. Target species include skippers, Marbled White, blues and browns. Handy tips will be provided to help you learn how to identify individual species.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Please book your place on this walk using the Woodland Trust website and voluntary donation requested https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/heartwoodbutterflywalk
Contact details: Andrew Steele ~ 01727 842029



Date: Saturday 1st JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly Walk for Dark Green Fritillary and summer butterflies at the invitation of Bedfordshire & Northants Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Sharpenhoe Clappers and Moleskin near Sharpenhoe, Beds
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL065295 [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 10:00 in the National Trust public car park
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Harlington (Thameslink from London St Pancras Intl.)
Information: There are some steep slopes
Contact details: David Chandler ~ 01923 253793/01268 754280 or 0777 949 7201



Date: Saturday 1st JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly Walk for White-letter Hairstreak and summer butterflies at the invitation of Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Iver, Bucks.
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ039812 [Landranger Map 176] or postcode SL0 9JZ
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 in Swan Road, a cul-de-sac with parking bays, next to the Swan Pub [SL0 9NG] opposite the parish church in Iver. Please do not use the pub car park unless you intend to eat there.
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Iver (Great Western from London Paddington)
Information: A level walk from the centre of the village along a track and footpaths through a variety of habitats, including Swan Meadow where some disease resistant Elms have been planted
Contact details: Wendy Wilson ~ 01753 883465



Date: Sunday 2nd JULY 2017
Event: Woodland and heathland walk for Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and other summer butterflies with HMWT. Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested
Site: Hertford Heath and Balls Wood
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL351108 [Landranger Map 166] or postcode SG13 7PW
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 meet at junction of The Roundings and London Road in Hertford Heath village by College Arms Pub to finish at approx. 12:30
Directions/Transport: London Road is the B1197 through Hertford Heath. It can be accessed from the A414 east of Hertford town centre or the A1170 in Hoddesdon
Information: Strong shoes must be worn - some uneven surfaces and possibly mud will be encountered. Balls Wood is a large mixed woodland. Hertford Heath is a rare example of heathland in Hertfordshire. HMWT have carried out a large amount of restoration work over recent years that is beneficial to butterflies and moths
Contact details: Andrew Wood ~ 0776 509 8824 or email zoothorn@ntlworld.com



Date: Wednesday 5th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor with Ruislip and District NHS
Site: Ruislip Woods
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ087894 [LandrangerMap 176]
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 near Waters Edge Restaurant. Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE FIELD TRIP AT RUISLIP ON 5TH JULY 2017. There are changes to the car parking at Ruislip Lido. The situation as of last week (June 2017) is that those who are not resident in the London Borough of Hillingdon (and therefore do not have a HillingdonFirst card) will have to use what has now become a Pay and Display car park. For the summer months the charge is £5 regardless of the length of stay!
Directions/Transport: Ruislip Station (Metropolitan & Piccadilly lines 2 miles)
Information: Bring binoculars. Purple Emperors do not get active at the assembly area until at least 13:00 so bring a packed lunch to avoid missing the fun!
Contact details: Dick Middleton ~ 020 8845 6207 or 0759 736 9067



Date: Saturday 8th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for summer species
Site: Stanmore Country Park
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ172927 [Landranger Map 176]
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 Dennis Lane, lower entrance, Stanmore, Middx
Directions/Transport: Stanmore Underground (Jubilee) Buses: H12, 142, 340
Information:
Contact details: John Hollingdale ~ 020 8863 2077 or email: holhu@yahoo.co.uk



Date: Sunday 9th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary
Site: Bricket Wood, Herts
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL136021 [Landranger Map 166] or postcode AL2 3PJ
Time & Meeting place: 10:00 in the car park at St Stephen's Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood. Morning walk to finish approx. 12:30
Directions/Transport: From the roundabout at junction 6 on the M1, take the slip road signed M1 south. Take the left turn halfway along this road (Mount Pleasant Lane), do not join the motorway. After a few twists & turns after about a mile you pass under a railway bridge. Continue along the road which bends sharply to the left. Pass Bricket Wood Station and the parish centre car park is on your right just after the junction with Drop Lane. Please park in the lower part of the car park. Nearest station is Bricket Wood Station (London Midland - Watford Jnct to St. Albans Abbey Station). Turn left out of the station and the parish centre is about 100 yards on your right, just after the junction with Drop Lane
Information: Optional extra - We will also be looking to repeat the sightings of Purple Emperor made in previous years from 12:30 -15:00. Bring packed lunch if you wish to stay for the afternoon and binoculars
Contact details: Malcolm Hull ~ 01727 857893 or email malcolmhull@hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk



Date: Wednesday 12th JULY 2017
Event: White-letter Hairstreak at the invitation of the Surrey and SW London Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Nonsuch Park, Cheam
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ236634 [Landranger Map 177/187/188] or postcode SM3 8DP
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 in the Avenue car park, west of A232 junction. Morning walk
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Worcester Park (South West Trains from London Waterloo); take bus 151 to Cheam Broadway and then a short walk to the meeting point.
Information: Booking is not necessary but please contact the leader before travelling to ensure the walk is running as it may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions
Contact details: Ken Owen ~ 07715 350368



Date: Thursday 13th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for mostly woodland butterflies including Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary and possibly Purple Emperor plus grassland butterflies such as Marbled White and Skippers
Site: Norton Green and the Knebworth Woods area
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL229233 [Landranger Map 166] or postcode SG1 2DS
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 Norton Green near Watery Grove. Walk to last approx. 2 1/2 hours.
Directions/Transport: The nearest station is Stevenage (Great Northern from London King's Cross). From the A1M junction 7 take the A602. Turn left at the first roundabout onto the A1072. After about a mile take the left turn signed to Norton Green. Pass under the motorway and follow the road round to the left. The meeting place is half a mile further on in the car park layby in the hamlet of Norton Green
Information: Bring binoculars
Contact details: Peter Clarke ~ 01438 227240 peter.clarke4@ntlworld.com and Bob Clift ~ 01279 658243 bobclift@ntlworld.com



Date: Saturday 15th JULY 201
Event: Butterfly Walk for summer butterflies with the Friends of Cassiobury Park
Site: Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ098968 [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 14:00 at the newly restored bandstand near the Stratford Way entrance
Directions/Transport: Cassiobury Park is a 2 minute walk from the Watford Metropolitan line station. Exit the station onto Cassiobury Park Avenue and turn right, after about 150 metres turn left onto Shepherds Road - the park is straight ahead of you. Alternatively Watford Junction (1.3 miles) and Watford High Street (2.1 miles) are the two closest overground stations. There is one official car park for Cassiobury Park at the end of Gade Avenue near the bottom of Cassiobury Park Avenue (WD18 7LG is the nearest postcode)
Information: The walk will be in two x 2 hour sessions finishing at 16:00 or 18:00. There will be short break between the two sessions. There are toilets and a café in the park.
Contact details: Peter Fewell ~ 078142 82356 or email p.fewell@yahoo.com



Date: Sunday 16th JULY 2017
Event: Woodland Butterfly Walk ~ Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested.
Site: Northaw Great Wood
Grid Reference and or postcode: Approx. TL281040 [Landranger Map 166] or nearest postcode EN6 4BQ
Time & Meeting place: 10:00 to finish at 12.00
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Cuffley (Great Northern from London Kings Cross/Moorgate) then 2.2 mile walk.
Information: A guided walk in search of woodland butterflies
Contact details: Booking essential so please call the Trust on 01727 858901. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable



Date: Sunday 16th JULY 2017
Event: Purple Emperor Assembly area site visits
Site: Fir and Pond Wood and Northaw Great Wood
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL276011 or nearest postcode EN6 4DA (Fir and Pond Wood) and approx. TL281040 or nearest postcode EN6 4BQ (Northaw Great Wood) [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 12:30 in layby by entrance to Fir and Pond Wood along Coopers Lane Road and approx. at 14:00 Northaw Great Wood off The Ridgeway.
Directions/Transport: Nearest station for Fir and Pond Wood is Potters Bar (Great Northern from London Kings Cross) and approx. 2 mile walk. Nearest station for Northaw Great Wood is Cuffley (Great Northern from London Kings Cross/Moorgate) then 2.2 mile walk
Information: This event is designed to help people observe Purple Emperors at an assembly area. Binoculars are essential as well as good neck muscles. The chances of seeing a Purple Emperor on the ground is unfortunately unlikely. Please contact Andrew for further details or if you need help with transport.
Contact details: Andrew Middleton ~ 078666 54056 or email middleton.andrew.c@gmail.com



Date: Monday 17th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly and Dragonfly walk with the Friends of SCP.
Part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.
Site: Southern Country Park, Thorley, Bishop's Stortford
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL477193 [Landranger Map 167] or nearest postcode CM23 4JW
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 meet at the car park off Thorley Lane, Bishop's Stortford (walk to last approx. 2 ½ hours).
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Bishop's Stortford (Greater Anglia from London Liverpool Street)
Information:
Contact details: Bob Clift ~ 01279 658243



Date: Saturday 22nd JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for summer species including Dark Green Fritillary Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested.
Site: Aldbury Nowers
Grid Reference and or postcode: SP949128 [Landranger Map 165]
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 -13:30 - Meet at the layby on Northfield Road
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Tring station (London Midland from London Euston)
Information: Important information: There are some steep slopes
Contact details: Booking essential so please call the Trust on 01727 858901. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable.



Date: Saturday 22nd JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Grayling at the invitation of the Surrey and SW London Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Chobham Common, Surrey
Grid Reference: SU973648 [Landranger Map 176/186] or postcode KT16 0ED,
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 meet at the roundabout carpark. Morning only.
Directions/Transport: Leave the M25 at Junction 13. SU973648: Staple Hill (NOT Roundabout) car park, south of M3, 1.3km NE of B383 Windsor Rd. Nearest station is Sunningdale (South West Trains from London Waterloo to Reading) approx. 2 miles
Information: Please note finding Grayling is not guaranteed!
Contact details: Francis Kelly ~ 07952 285661 or 01483 278432. Booking is not necessary but please contact the leader before travelling to ensure the walk is running as it may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions.



Date: Sunday 23rd JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly Walk to visit Butterfly Conservation's only reserve in the Herts & Middx area. Top tips on how to manage grassland to encourage butterflies and wild flowers.
Part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.
Site: Millhoppers Pasture Reserve.
Grid Reference and or postcode: SP903142 [Landranger Map 165] or postcode HP23 4PE. (Please note this is the grid reference of the meeting place not the Reserve)
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 at Wilstone Village Hall for a short walk across the fields to the Reserve. Walk to last approx. 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
Directions/Transport: Nearest railway stations: Tring (London Midland from London Euston or Wendover (Chilterns Railways from London Marylebone)
Information: PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE COMING ~ CONTACT DETAILS BELOW
Contact details: Jez Perkins ~ 07756 699601 or email jez@ashvale.co.uk



Date: Sunday 23rd JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Silver-washed Fritillary and White-letter Hairstreak and additional summer species. At the invitation of the Kent Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: High Elms Country Park, Farnborough
Grid Reference: TQ439623 [Landranger Map 177/187/188]
Time & Meeting place: 10:00 - Meet at Cuckoo Wood car park, walk to last approx. 2 1/2 hours
Directions/Transport:
Information: Optional extension in afternoon to explore the nearby downland habitat.
Contact details: Fred O'Hare voluntary site warden email: jfmgaa@aol.co.uk



Date: Monday 24th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Chalkhill Blue and summer butterflies
Part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.
Site: Therfield Heath, near Royston
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL347405 [Landranger Map 154] or postcode SG8 5BG
Time & Meeting place: 11:00 at the Sports Pavilion car park. (morning walk to finish approx. 13:00). Directions: From the A505 just west of Royston, take the exit to Royston (old road) that runs beneath the Heath; the car park is approx. 1km on the right.
Directions/Transport: Nearest station: Royston (Great Northern from London Kings Cross to Cambridge)
Information: There will be some steep slopes
Contact details: Martin Johnson ~ 01763 249459 or email martinrjspc@hotmail.com



Date: Tuesday 25th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for woodland butterflies especially Silver-washed Fritillary.
Part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.
Site: Broxbourne Wood Nature Reserve
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL324070 [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 10:00 West Ride Carpark to finish approx. 12:00
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Bayford (Great Northern from London Kings Cross/Moorgate) and approx. 1 1/2 miles
Information: Insect repellent is advisable and bring binoculars if you have some.
Contact details: Steve Kiln ~ 01992-552562 or on day 07920 482111 or email steve.kiln@sky.com



Date: Wednesday 26th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for summer butterflies and wildlife ~ Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested
Site: Waterford Heath
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL316150 [Landranger Map 166] or postcode SG14 3LU
Time & Meeting place: 10:00 Reserve car park on Vicarage Lane to finish at approx. 12:30
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Hertford North (Great Northern from London Kings Cross/Moorgate) Then taxi or a 2 mile walk. Park in car park on Vicarage Lane which should be accessed by Sacombe Road, Hertford, not off the A119 through Waterford village. Sacombe road can be accessed from the A602 between Ware and Watton at Stone or B158 through Hertford
Information: Strong shoes must be worn - some slopes will be encountered. Two sand and gravel pits now home to a wide variety of butterflies, moths and plants
Contact details: Booking essential so please call the Trust on 01727 858901. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable.



Date: Friday 28th JULY 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Chalkhill Blue and summer butterflies. Organised by HMWT so a donation of £3 will be requested.
Site: Hexton Chalk Pit
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL106300 [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 14:00 - 16:00.
Directions/Transport: There is limited parking available near the site entrance; please take extreme care crossing or walking along the Hexton Road.
Information: There are some steep slopes. Full walk details available from the HMWT
Contact details: Booking essential so please call the Trust on 01727 858901. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if weather conditions are considered unfavourable.



Date: Wednesday 16th AUGUST and Wednesday 23rd AUGUST 2017
Event: Two butterfly walks for Brown Hairstreak at the invitation of the Surrey and SW London Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Site: Bookham Common, Surrey
Grid Reference: TQ130557 [Landranger Map 176/187] or postcode KT23 3JG
Time & Meeting place: 10:30 meet at the National Trust 'Tunnel' paying car park north of Church Rd, 200m east of Bookham railway station. Morning only.
Directions/Transport: Leave the M25 at Junction 9 or 10. The Tunnel carpark is north of Church Road, 200m east of Bookham railway station. Nearest station is Bookham (South West Trains from London Waterloo to Guildford).
Information: Please note finding Brown Hairstreak is not guaranteed! However this walk is a good opportunity for members of the branch to be given tips on how to see this elusive butterfly in a known location.
Contact details: Mike Weller ~ 07918 171179 or 01306 882097. Booking is not necessary but please contact the leader before travelling to ensure the walk is running as it may be cancelled in the event of poor weather conditions.



Date: Friday 18th AUGUST 2017
Event: Moth and Bat Evening
Site: Gilbert's Orchard, Grimsdyke Hotel, Old Redding, Harrow Weald
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ144927 [Landranger Map 176]
Time & Meeting place: 20:30
Directions/Transport: The 258 buses pass the east end of Old Redding. Get off at The Hare pub. Walk 400 yards along Old Redding and the hotel entrance is opposite a large public car park. The orchard is about 150 yards beyond the hotel on the right. People should come along the long twisting drive (that has speed bumps) and park in the right hand car park just opposite the hotel. Someone will be in that car park to direct attendees. The 258 (buses every half-hour) runs past Harrow on the Hill underground station (Metropolitan & Chiltern lines) and Harrow and Wealdstone Station (Bakerloo and services from Euston)
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Contact details: John Hollingdale ~ 020 8863 2077 or email: holhu@yahoo.co.uk



Date: Friday 25th AUGUST 2017 - Important the event is on Friday and not Saturday as previously listed
Event: Moth and Bat Evening
Site: Fryent Country Park
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ195877 [Landranger Map 176]
Time & Meeting place: 19:30 in the car park along the west side of Fryent Way.
Directions/Transport: The nearest stations are either Wembley Park (Metropolitan/Jubilee Line) or Kingsbury (Jubilee Line) approx. 1 mile.
Information:
Contact details: John Hollingdale ~ 020 8863 2077 or email: holhu@yahoo.co.uk




Date: Sunday 24th SEPTEMBER 2017
Event: Butterfly walk for Small Copper and late summer butterflies with the possibility of Clouded Yellow
Site: Nomansland Common
Grid Reference and or postcode: TL171124 [Landranger Map 166]
Time & Meeting place: 14:00 in the public car park at Ferrers Lane in the middle of the common. This walk to last 1 to 1 1/2 hours
Directions/Transport: From St Albans take the B651 north towards Wheathampstead. Pass through Sandridge Village and you will reach the common half a mile further on. At the cross roads in the centre of the common, turn left into Ferrers Lane. The car park is 500 yards along on the left. Nearest station is Harpenden (Thameslink from London St. Pancras Imt.) - approx 3 miles
Information:
Contact details: Malcolm Hull ~ 01727 857893 malcolmhull@hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk



Date: Friday 13th OCTOBER 2017
Event: Moth Evening to coincide with National Moth Nights
Site: Entrance to Wood Farm Nature Reserve (new location)
Grid Reference and or postcode: TQ168935[Landranger Map 176] or nearest postcode HA7 4LG (5th Sept 2017 - note change of location)
Time & Meeting place: 18:30
Directions/Transport: Nearest station is Stanmore Underground (Jubilee). By car, drive along Wood Lane to the entrance of the Nature Reserve - there is plenty of parking.
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Contact details: John Hollingdale ~ 020 8863 2077 or email: holhu@yahoo.co.uk



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