Hi Everyone, a short report in case this, my first attempt at a blog, fails!
After a break of a couple of trips necessitated by an Antipodean adventure, I joined this week's field trip to South Yorkshire. The varied options of the visits meant that the trip was much more fragmented than usual but we had an enjoyable day with half the party decending to the depths of the coal mine whilst the others stayed on the surface.
At Bretton we wandered off in small groups and I had the pleasure of Donald's company for most of our time there. Bird life was not plentiful, but we did manage singing song thrush, goosander, great crested grebe, singing nuthatch and kingfisher together with the usual suspects.
Joan had spotted Wall Rue and Slender Speedwell before I lost her and Donald pointed out Maidenhair Spleenwort and corrected my identification of Winter Heliotrope (Petasites fragrans) to that of White Butterbur (P. albus) - at least I got the P. right!
Hope that this blog works - I look forward to some more blogs from other members.