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Joint BSBI and RES Daneway Meeting

Saturday 17 June, 11.00 – 17:00 (BST)

Sapperton Village Hall & Daneway Banks

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17 June 2023 @ 11:00 17:00

Daneway Banks, West Gloucestershire

(Exclusive Members-only event with limited places)

Daneway Banks is a nature reserve co-owned by the Royal Entomological Society and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, renowned for its large blue butterflies and recently featured in the third episode of Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC series, Wild Isles.

Sunday’s episode of Wild Isles will show the nature reserve’s work to reintroduce the once-extinct butterfly.

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Wildflowers at Daneway Banks nature reserve in July 2020 Credit Jeremy Thomas
Wildflowers at Daneway Banks nature reserve in July 2020 Credit Jeremy Thomas

Led by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

The RES is excited to partner with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland on this joint meeting – a new venture to bring different interests together regarding conservation management for plants and invertebrates.

The Large Blue butterfly should be in flight and it will form one aspect of the excursion. Other invertebrates of interest include the Rugged Oil Beetle and Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Plants of interest include Anacamptis morio (Green-winged Orchid), Prunella laciniata (Cut-leaved Selfheal) and Galium pumilum (Slender Bedstraw). 

Numbers for this trip are limited to 15 members from each society, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a small charge of £40.00 to cover planning, hall hire, lunch, and transport. Daneway is a sloping reserve and suitable for those with good mobility, as it’s steep in places and there are gates and stiles.


Three short talks will be followed by a simple lunch and a 3-hour trip to the Royal Entomological Society Nature Reserve at Daneway Banks.

: Meet at Sapperton Village Hall
11.15: Welcome & introductions from the RES and BSBI Presidents
11.30 – 12.00: Paul Hackman (Natural England) – Calcareous grassland management for invertebrates and plants.
12.00 – 12.30: Jeremy Thomas OBE, Hon. FRES (Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford) – Restoring the Large blue butterfly and associated wildlife
12.30 – 13.00: Sarah Meredith (RES Conservation Project Officer) – Daneway Banks ecology & management
13.00 – 13.50: Lunch
13.50: Mini bus pick up at Sapperton Village Hall to Daneway
14.00 – 17.00: Daneway Banks site visit
17.00 First Minibus returns to Sapperton village Hall

Minibuses will be provided as part of the meeting to take all attendees from Sapperton Village Hall to Daneway, and back again.


Sapperton Village Hall, GL7 6LE

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