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If you would like to join in with some conservation work please contact the organiser the day before to make sure that it is still going ahead. All you need is some warm, waterproof clothing, boots and a packed lunch.

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May 2016

Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden Open Day

Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden, Prinknash Abbey
Gloucester, GL4 8EX United Kingdom
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The Butterfly Nectar Garden at Prinknash is part of the walled garden owned by the monks at Prinknash Abbey, near Cranham, Gloucester GL4 8EX. Members of the Branch will be on hand to answer questions about butterflies and plants and Butterfly Conservation in general. No charge for the garden entry. There is a large car park and a café.

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Strawberry Banks

Saturday, May 28, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Strawberry Banks GL6 7NS United Kingdom + Google Map

Strawberry Banks is best known for the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and a wide range of wild flowers; it consists of two fields surrounded by scrub and woodland. This is a good chance to see  Marsh Fritillary, Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Blue, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak butterflies. Meet at Oakridge Church, Grid ref SO913034. Please park on the road – not the grass.

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June 2016

May Hill and Newent Woods

Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
May Hill & Newent Woods United Kingdom

Most of us recognise May Hill as a landmark with its clump of trees on the top. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This is a chance to explore May Hill and the adjacent Newent Woods to look for Wood White, Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak butterflies. Park at SO690221 at side of road on crest of the hill on May Hill Common.

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Moth Night 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 12:00 am - Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 11:55 pm

Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by enthusiasts with local events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public. Every year Moth Night has a theme, although recorders are always welcome and encouraged to do their own thing. The main theme for Moth Night 2016 is Hawk-moths. Each year events are confined to the warmest months and each event will last for three consecutive nights…

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Moths of Bisley Road Cemetery (Cancelled)

Friday, June 10, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Bisley Road Cemetery GL5 1HF United Kingdom + Google Map

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled but Bisley Road Cemetery is well worth a visit as it is a nature reserve and comprises the Victorian Chapel of Rest, old gravestones, unimproved limestone grassland, scrub, plantation woodland, specimen trees and boundary walls.

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Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday, June 10, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Museum in the Park, Stratford Park
Stroud, GL5 4AF United Kingdom
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Discover the night-time world of the moths of Stratford Park with expert guide Mike McCrea. Bring a torch, wear sturdy shoes/boots and meet outside the Museum.

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Moths at Yew Tree Farm

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Yew Tree Farm GL5 2BU United Kingdom + Google Map

Yew Tree Farm has an 'unimproved' field, which simply means it has never been ploughed or fertilised and is therefore a rare and precious part of our countryside, it has also been designated a Key Wildlife Site. A short survey last summer revealed a good range of butterflies, day-flying moths, other insects and wild flowers in the field. We confidently expect the traps set overnight to contain an amazing selection of moths, including large hawkmoths.

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Barnwood Arboretum ‘Moth Breakfast’

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Barnwood Arboretum, Church Lane, Barnwood
Gloucester, GL4 3JB United Kingdom
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Come and see what moths have been recorded in the overnight traps at this jewel of a reserve.

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Butterflies of Bisley Road Cemetery

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bisley Road Cemetery GL5 1HF United Kingdom + Google Map

Bisley Road Cemetery is a nature reserve and comprises the Victorian Chapel of Rest, old gravestones, unimproved limestone grassland, scrub, plantation woodland, specimen trees and boundary walls. Sue Smith will give an introductory talk and lead a walk through the cemetery.

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Selsley Common

Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Selsley Common GL5 5PL United Kingdom + Google Map

On this walk across Selsley Common we will be mainly looking for Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Blue, Common Blue, Adonis Blue and Small Heath butterflies. There are also a lot of wild flowers so with luck we will see both Bee and Fragrant Orchids.

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