Great, Meet and Eat event
We are holding a Great, Meet and Eat event on Wednesday 12 December between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm at the Robin where you can drop in and chat about activities past present and future. You don't need to have a meal but some of us will partake at around 6:00 pm. Details are on our Coming Events page.
Times they are a'changing...
We are looking to potentially embark on a major project(s) and as a part of the process we need to update our Constitution and active Membership list. The approval of the Constitution will take place at our AGM as will a discussion of the way ahead for FoMM.
As such if you would like to join us can you please contact us by sending your details via the Contact Us page and then we can add you to our Membership Listing.
Next year promises to be an interesting year in the Butterfly World with the following items proposed locally to
ensure a year to remember for the many excellent volunteers who monitor our butterflies here in Derbyshire.
Here are a few of them:
Transect training and 2017 transect results (currently showing on average a 39% increase in butterfly numbers
on 2016) at the offices of the DWT in Middleton by Wirksworth and also the NT Offices at Calke Park – both in
March 2018 with details to be announced soon.
The second Open Day at Hoe Grange Quarry will be on Sunday the 17th of June 2018 – again full details to be announced soon.
The 50th Anniversary of Butterfly Conservation takes place in 2018 – the National AGM will be held in
Nottingham in November 2018 – details to be announced later. We at Butterfly Conservation East Midlands
obviously get something right by organising this prestigious event.
In response to many volunteers who are concerned about subjects such as the early mowing of grasslands
including verges, the removal of ragwort, and other issues that affect the pollinators, Butterfly Conservation is
going to issue a new Science & Research electronic newsletter in the latter part of March 2018 - members of
BC will be able to sign up to be included on the mailing list.
The Bat Project
Bats on the Meadows. Did you know that there are different types of box for summer and winter roosting?
We have just acquired three Summer Roosting Boxes thanks to Uffa Magna WI and we have now had them
installed with the help of Derby City Parks Department. Boxes are installed in sets of three so that the bats can
adjust to prevailing weather.
These boxes augment the two Winter Roosting boxes which were erected a couple of years ago.
We also hold a couple of Bat Detectors and as part of our outreach plans for 2018 we hope to host an Evening Bat Walk.