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Saproxylics Day at Burnham Beeches

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:30 to 16:00

This event is being organised jointly by the British Entomological & Natural History Society's "Saproxylics Group" and the "Bucks. Invertebrate Group".  The BENHS Saproxylic Group aims to bring together people with an interest in the natural history of deadwood invertebrates.

REGISTRATION: to help with planning the day it would be useful if would-be attendees could please register by e-mail at [email protected], preferably by Monday 18 June.

LOCATION: The main (Main Common) car park, off Lord Mayor's Drive, Nr Farnham Common, Bucks.

DIRECTIONS: For detailed directions see the website given below. The post code (café) is SL2 3PS.

TIME: 10:00 for 10:30 prompt start.

LEADERS: Keith Alexander and Jon Cole (Martin Albertini for the moth trapping).

Burnham Beeches is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), National Nature Reserve (NNR) and European Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The reserve is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation and is a public amenity area. Further information and a downloadable site map are available at . Permission has been gained to collect voucher specimens on the assumption that this not be excessive and that records will be presented to the reserve (via BENHS).

After an initial introductory talk by Dr Helen Read we will spend most of the day in any of the appropriate habitats, either in groups or individually. The emphasis of the day will be on listing and recording the species found (sampling kit not provided).

For lunch there is a small cafe next to the main car park but it is often crowded at weekends, so bringing your own is recommended. We will reconvene at the meeting room on site (some 10 minutes walk from the main car park) around 3.00pm for discussion and specimen identifications. It is intended that some vane traps will be strategically erected some days before the event with catches examined on the day, but this will be dependent on prior weather conditions.

MOTH TRAPPING: the Bucks Invertebrate Group will be running traps on the evening/night following the saproxylics event. If interested, please indicate this in your registration message and contact details will be forwarded to you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: bio-security is taken seriously at this reserve so please ensure that sampling instruments and especially footwear are cleaned, and if possible disinfected, before arrival.

PLEASE NOTE: The event is free but parking at Burnham Beeches is £3 for the day. Other suggestions for travel can be found on the above website.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for those with an interest in the natural history of deadwood invertebrates.

Cost details

Free but booking required, car parking is £3 per day.

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.


Mainly woodland and open scrub and pasture but some off-path situations will arise. Some steep inclines and rugged paths.

Appropriate footwear required especially if wet. Many paths are wheelchair accessible but some desirable areas for investigation may not be.

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