Today was a total contrast to our attempt to watch the leaping salmon at Stainforth Force a couple of years ago.
The salmon like fast flowing conditions, ideally a couple of days after heavy rain (so this was the compensation for a wet Apple Day event on Sunday), and a pleasant autumn day made for ideal conditions for the on-lookers.
We parked in Stainforth, started our day by looking at the moths and caddis flies on the toilet block walls, and then followed the Pennine Bridleway down to the Little Stainforth Road. The botanist back-markers enjoyed the walls along the bridleway which were covered in a variety of mosses and lichens, whilst others made their way directly down to the river (with only one person taking a diversion to the café for a late breakfast). A dipper flew past as we arrived. Apart from this I didn’t really pay any attention to the birds today.