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Guided butterfly walks and winter online presentations 2021/2022

We have nearly reached the end of our summer programme but we are busy planning a programme of winter online presentations again. We are also organising a physical Members' Day in March or early April that will have the option to be viewed online on the day. The event will be just an afternoon event unlike in previous years.

All events are listed on the national website and clearly state if pre-booking is required with the link to the booking site.

All events organised solely by the branch that require pre-booking are here.

Some neighbouring branches are also planning some winter online presentations. The full list of Butterfly Conservation events can be viewed on the national website.

*** All the Eventbrite walks arranged by the Branch are free ***

Page updated 11 September 2021

Date Location Booking
subject to change *
Full details and/or booking link Leader and contact
Sun 19 Sep (pm) Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Wood, Watford Yes Link Peter Fewell. Email: p.fewell@yahoo.com
Sun 26 Sep (pm) Nomansland Common near Harpenden Yes Link Malcolm Hull. Email: malcolmhull@hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk
Wed 1 Dec (evening) Zoom online presentation
How to find Brown Hairstreak eggs in an urban landscape
No Link Liz Goodyear. Email: elizabethgoodyear@talk21.com
Sun 5 Dec (am) Stafford Road Open Space Ruislip Gardens
Brown Hairstreak egg hunt
Yes Link Paul Busby. Email: buzz113@hotmail.co.uk

Important advice for walks and moth events in 2021 and in 2022

  • Please check regularly that a walk is still going ahead and doesn't at short notice require pre-booking
  • Please respect social distancing rules and other participants' personal space
  • Do not crowd
  • Bring hand-sanitiser and/or wipes
  • Carry a face mask and wear it, if you have any concerns

Advice for an enjoyable butterfly walk or moth evening

  • Always wear strong shoes
  • You should wear trousers or ensure legs are covered
  • Bring sun protection cream and a sunhat in hot weather
  • Bring something to drink
  • Bring insect repellent
  • Dark glasses should be worn at evening moth events
  • If you decide to leave an event before the end, please tell the leader that you are going
  • It is recommended you bring binoculars especially if looking for woodland butterflies
  • If new to butterfly identification bring along a field guide *

* - The Branch sells the FSC Identification Guide to Butterflies. Contact Malcolm Hull for more information (Tel: 07768 154324 or email: malcolmhull@hertsmiddx-butterflies.org.uk).

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.

Dogs are normally welcome on walks but must be kept under control. Any exceptions are shown in the individual event details.

Bad weather
Leaders of branch lead walks will be at the meeting point whatever the weather, but may cancel the event if conditions are unsuitable. Any exceptions are shown in the individual event details. Other organisations and BC branches have different policies. Please contact the named leader(s) for the walk before travelling if you have any concerns.

Lyme Disease
We recommend that all attendees understand the symptoms of Lyme Disease and take the relevant precautions. For more information visit the branch website.

Special needs
Unfortunately most field trips will not be suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Please contact the named leader in advance if you have any concerns about accessibility.

Public Transport
We have tried to give as much information as possible, although unfortunately some of the Hertfordshire events are not easily accessible by public transport. Train times should be checked, as timetables change and engineering works take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

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