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WFV Sizergh Castle & Gardens 7th April 2009

daffodils at Sizerghdaffodils at SizerghJoan Dobson led a full complement of 20 members to Sizergh where we enjoyed a bright, blustery day when the showers that were about fell elsewhere.  The location allowed the option of anything between a leisurely stroll through the gardens and castle and a decent walk over the fells but it wasn't necessary to walk too far to get  spectacular views over Morecambe Bay, with Arnside Knot and viaduct prominent, the mountains of the Lakes and Ingleborough which all gave excellent views.  The wind kept the bird count low this week, but we did manage to record 35 species in the day, with perhaps close-up views of a pair of buzzards being the highlight.  No hawfinches were spotted and we're beginning to think that this bird must be related to the Yeti - does anyone know anyone that's seen one??   Flowers and ferns totalled 33 with the highlights being brown-backed fern (but see note in comments!) and moschatel (our inexperienced recorder had the former down on the bird list as a brown-backed tern until he was told that such a bird doesn't exist!).  BEES is working hard on the second E of the acronym (for educational) but obviously has some way yet to go!

Stuart

 

WFV, Ledsham and Fairburn Ings, 31st March 2009

A Nice Place to Live, Ledsham/Fairburn Ings, Mar09A Nice Place to Live, Ledsham/Fairburn Ings, Mar09Gillian & Stuart led this week's trip when 14 members enjoyed a lovely day out when we walked from Ledsham over the fields to RSPB Fairburn Ings, passing a wood with more violets (sweet and early dog) than Joan has ever seen in her life (that really is saying something!) and then we returned by a different field route which passed through a wood with a remakable display of wood anemones and where the first bluebells of Spring were just showing flower.  A record total of 52 bird species was seen or heard and 36 plant species  were recorded as well as comma and orange tip butterfly.  Most of us enjoyed a refreshing drink at the Chequers Inn (who had very kindly allowed us to park our (new) minibus in their carpark) before returning to Bradford.  Watch out for some lovely photos of willow tits taken by Sue who will try to post them on this blog.

Stuart

WFV, Nat Coal Mining Museum/Yorks Sculpture Park

The Mask, Yorkshire Sculpture park, Feb09The Mask, Yorkshire Sculpture park, Feb09Hi 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.

Stuart

 

 

Tuesday 3 March Clumber Park Nottinghamshire

ClumberPark, March09ClumberPark, March09Our group of 16 enjoyed the varied landscape of Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.  Among the 33 bird species recorded were greater spotted woodpecker, red poll,willow tit, goosander and grey lag goose. We enjoyed the exhibition showing the work on the park also the parks use in war time. A repeat visit was suggested.

Margaret  

Tuesday 17 February 2009 Knaresborough - Nidd Gorge geology trail

Knaresboro, Feb09Knaresboro, Feb09This was a geology walk conducted in mild weather involving a party of 21 people.The conditions were muddy under foot.We enjoyed our walk beside the River Nidd examining the rock formation of the Permian / Carboniferous rocks on the way . Knaresborough is picturesque at all times.We enjoyed drinks in the open air at the end of the walk in the vicinity of the viaduct, a reminder of Switzerland.

Margaret

Wfv, Pugney's and Sandal Castle, 3rd feb 09

Sandal Castle, Feb09Sandal Castle, Feb09Our visit to Pugney's and Sandal Castle was blessed with fine but cold weather. We saw about 30 different bird species even though many of the lakes were frozen. The views from Sandal Castle were spectacular. Hazel catkins were blooming. Joan

Tuesday 13 January 2009

We all enjoyed the New Year social at the YMCA with its offerings of food, photos, quiz and a look ahead at another Bees year. We have another quiz winner in our midst Stuart who has displaced Donald as the Brain of Bees . Who will it be next year I wonder?

Margaret

WFV, 6th January 2009

Thirteen people enjoyed the annual New Year's walk around Ilkley and Addingham. It was a cold, bright day which made quite a change from previous New Year walks.

Extra extra volunteer opportunity Thurs 27th Nov 2008

Extra help is required to carry out ground preperation work at Cavendish Primary School on Thursday Nov 27th 2008. Please contact Nick at the office on 513102 if you are available and able to help on the day and we can then discuss the arrangements.

weekend conservation tasks

We often get requests for weekend volunteer days, however we seldom get many volunteers out at the weekend. We have perservered with this service, trying to make it a regular weekend with plenty of warning but over the past few months this has not been successful. As you can understand this can result in uncompleted tasks and failure to meet our contracts. We are committed to deliver a service for everybody so would very much welcome your thoughts on this subject. For the time being weekend tasks will be limited.