Field Meetings and Work Parties

Work parties are usually held in the winter months, and most field meetings are held between May and August. The exception to this is Hairstreak egg hunts, which take place in the winter. Outdoor events, especially in the winter, are subject to cancellation at short notice if the weather forecast is adverse (even indoor events may be at risk if the weather is very severe). Please check with the organiser/leader before attending an event.
Non-members are welcome to attend our events. If you do so, please make yourself known to the event organiser/leader.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (see point 8 below).
As with any other activity, there are hazards in the countryside and everyone taking part in a Field Meeting, Work Party or other event has a responsibility (duty of care) for their own safety and that of others. We try hard to ensure that our events present no hazards, but please note and act on the following:
  1. If you are uncertain about any details of an event, contact the leader/contact in advance. There is always a telephone number and/or an email address given with the event details.
  2. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Any unusual requirements are noted in the individual event details. Stout shoes are a minimum requirement.
  3. During the main summer season you may be exposed to strong sunshine for much or all of the walk. Take a hat, use sun cream or protection for exposed skin. Make sure that you have adequate food and water with you. Be prepared for possible changes in weather conditions.
  4. Winter events may be cancelled if the weather forecast is adverse. However, if events do go ahead conditions may not be ideal. Warm and waterproof clothing and footwear should always be worn. It is sensible to bring a warm drink.
  5. The leader will provide a briefing on the event before starting, with details of any known particular hazards, and will also give advice on what to do in an emergency.
  6. At the briefing, please let the leader know if you have a mobile telephone and/or you have First Aid qualifications.
  7. Joining an event is an indication of your interest in butterflies. By their nature butterflies do not remain conveniently by the main path and will offer many opportunities (temptations) for you to wander away. Take particular care to look out for hazards, for example rabbit holes, fallen or hanging branches, barbed wire, boggy areas, etc. Beware of wet grass, particularly on sloping ground.
  8. Children are welcome at our events, but if under 16 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 childrens' ability.
  9. Dogs are normally welcome on walks, but not at work parties. They must be kept under control. Any exceptions are shown in the individual event details.
  10. If you decide to leave the event early, please ensure that you tell the Leader.
  11. Take care at all times, but enjoy yourself!