Events, Volunteering & Recording
A public guided walk is held on the afternoon of the last Sunday in June or the first Sunday in July to see the Silver-studded Blues. Access to the interior of the former RAF control tower is also arranged as part of the walk. Other public events are publicised on this website and in the local press, and in The Comma, the magazine of Butterfly Conservation West Midlands Branch.
Guided walks can also be arranged with community groups, schools, colleges and universities at any time of the year not just to experience the wildlife but also to hear about how the reserve is being restored. In addition, illustrated talks about the reserve, its history and wildlife can be given by arrangement – to date over 50 such talks have taken place.
Butterflies on the reserve are recorded by walking a transect weekly from the beginning of April to the end of September, a total of 26 walks each year. The transect, which was established in 2009, is part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme run by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology providing long term data on how butterflies are faring in the UK on over one thousand different sites. The walks are on a set route of 12 sections to include different areas of the reserve.
We are glad to receive all wildlife records on the reserve, be it casual recording of one species or a more systematic list. We also encourage people to input their records on the national recording scheme iRecord which can be found at www.brc.ac.uk/irecord
Volunteer work parties are held mainly in the autumn and winter to improve the wildlife habitats on the reserve as well as doing various infrastructure works. They are usually held on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm. We can also arrange for community groups to carry out tasks on the reserve.
For more information about events, recording and volunteering and how you can get involved please contact Stephen Lewis, Volunteer Warden, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07900 886809.