What’s on at BBOWT nature reserves - July 2017

PUBLISHED: 10:10 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 07 July 2017

Adding colour to our already vibrant wildflower meadows: the Silver-Washed Fritillary (Photo: William Warby, flickr.com)

Adding colour to our already vibrant wildflower meadows: the Silver-Washed Fritillary (Photo: William Warby, flickr.com)


Sun or shade, you’ll find plenty to see and do at our BBOWT nature reserves this month… and perhaps learn a thing or two


Planting for wildlife - Sat 1 July, 11am to 3pm

Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham

With experts on hand to advise on the best plants for butterflies, bees and other wildlife, you can buy examples such as knapweed, or betony for shadier areas of the garden as well as plants that support wildlife throughout the year.

Orchids at Ragpits - Sun 2 July, 10.30am to 12pm

Aston Clinton Ragpits

The Buckinghamshire reserve is known for its beautiful orchids and on this day you can identify flowers with the help of BBOWT wardens and Natural History Museum scientists.

Woolley Firs - Sat 8 July, 10am to 4pm

Know your trees and wildflowers courtesy of this identification course at Maidenhead led by Dr Michael Keith-Lucas.It includes an afternoon walk around the chalk grassland, woodland, hedgerow and arable field margins. If you have species from home that you would like identified, bring them along.


MK Festival of Nature - Mon 3 July

There’s an afternoon walk at Little Linford Wood which lasts about 90 minutes as the woodland wildlife and wildflowers are discovered. That evening, from 6pm, one of the lesser known sites in MK, Waterhall Park, is investigated.

The following day there’s an evening walk at Willen Lake North, led by members of the MK Natural History Society.

Bats and Moths - Tues 4 July, 9pm to 11pm

Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

A chance to discover the nocturnal animals flying in the skies above the lakes.

Birdlife - Wed 12 July, 10am to 12pm

Greenham Common, Newbury

Birder Graeme Stewart leads a monthly stroll across the heathland and woodland landscape, with many habitats to explore.

Coombe Hill - Thurs 20 July, 10.30am to 1pm

Head for the Buckinghamshire heights with BBOWT and the National Trust at Coombe Hill and Bacombe Hill. Expect to see plenty of wildlife plus superb views across Aylesbury Vale.

The Heath and Wood Walk - Sun 23 July, 10.30am to 12,30pm

Greenham Common and Bowden Woods

BBOWT’s Seasonal Wardens lead a two to three miles walk discovering the wildlife making the most of the open heathland (let’s hope for sunshine) and the ancient cool mixed woodland.

Yoesden Bank - Sat 29 July, 1pm to 3.30pm


Set off on a two miles or so amble from Radnage with volunteer warden Ched George in search of butterflies such as the Chalkhill Blue and possibly Silver-washed and Dark Green Fritillaries. You might even spot one or two Great Green Bush Crickets.

Lakeside Wander - Sun 30 July, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

College Lake, near Tring

A lovely walk around the lake searching for the butterflies, although the wildflowers will provide their own delights if the weather does not favour the butterflies. College Lake also hosts summer night sessions which are a great way to wind down after work in a beautiful setting, perhaps with a bite to eat. They operate 5pm to 8pm on most Wednesdays.


Wildlife & Butterfly Walk - Sat 15 July, 10am to 12.30pm

Warburg Nature Reserve, Henley

A gentle stroll of around a mile taking in the orchids, other wildflowers and butterflies.

Butterflies at Fence Wood - Sat 15 July, 10am to 12.30pm

Fence Wood, Hermitage

Look for wildflowers and the butterflies which love them, including White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak.

Spot the Species - Sat 22 July, 10am to 4pm

Estovers, Bury’s Bank Road, Thatcham

Take this Linking the Landscape Training: Butterfly Ecology and Identification course led by Grahame Hawker which will enable participants to identify many of Britain’s butterflies.

After a morning ‘classroom session’, the plan, weather permitting, is to head to Greenham Common and Bowdown Woods to identify butterflies in the field.

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