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Entomology Field Meeting at Martin Down NNR

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 10:30 to 14:30

Join our resident Entomologist Mark Spencer on a walk round Martin Down.

Meet at the car park off the A354 Salisbury to Blandford road. The walk we will take will be on the flat, no steep slopes, though the paths may be a little rough and stony. We will first walk over the Chalk Downland site returning to the cars for lunch at around 13.00 hrs. Those that wish to continue will then cross the road to the Vernditch side, which is mainly a woodland and scrub habitat. We should return to the cars after a circular walk, by around 15.30 to 16.00 hrs.  Please bring your own refreshments as required and wear suitable clothing / footwear. Clothing should be dark in colour when birds and animals are to be observed. No dogs, please (except guide dogs).

To observe any interesting high summer wildlife especially insects, such as Butterflies and day flying Moths. Target species; Dark Green Fritillary, Scarlet Tiger, Burnet and Forester moths etc.

Stout Walking boots (not wellingtons!) Food and drink (definitely water) Walking stick (if required), Binoculars, Camera, pocket lens if you have them.


This is a joint event with Butterfly Conservation's Dorset Branch.


Age limits or guidance

Suitable for all ages

Cost details

Free of charge

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