Field Event Reports

Saturday 30th July 2016: Members Summer Social

Members enjoyed a guided walk around the site

A group of 20 members met at 4.30 pm in the open ground behind the car park at Dry Sandford Pit Nature Reserve, some having walked up from the outer Cothill School car park. We were privileged then to be taken on a walk around the Reserve by David Lloyd, a volunteer worker and ANS member who had been involved in the development and management of the site for several decades. David explained the history of the site, its geology and took us through the various habitats: alkaline fen, eroded banks, dry grassland and deciduous woodland. Notes were made of the butterflies and dragonflies seen. Around 5.30 we returned to our meeting point, where as well as picnics brought, the attendees enjoyed wine, strawberries and cream. From 7.00 the group dispersed. In all an excellent evening, made all the better by the fine warm weather.

Thanks have been conveyed to David Lloyd, BBOWT (for allowing us to use the site) and Cothill School (for allowing parking).

Species noted:
Butterflies
Large White; Small White; Green-veined White; Red Admiral; Meadow Brown; Gatekeeper; Common Blue; Brown Argus.
Dragonflies
Brown Hawker; Keeled Skimmer.
Attendees
Michael Bloom; Sally Gillard; Jackie Hudson; Richard Lewington plus wife; James and Ursula White; Penny and Dudley Isles; Peter Rocket and wife; Bridgett and Chris Biggs; Ian Smith; Steve Stevens; David Guyoncourt; David Lloyd; Cynth Napper; John Killick; Graham Bateman.

Michael Bloom's Gallery

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