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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.


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?


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.

Urban Nature Reserve 26/9/08

Today was the job of opening up the ponds, so it was on with the waders and off in to the murky waters. The water was teeming with life including ramshorn snails, damsel fly larvae, newts and other beasties. They now have plenty of breathing space thanks to all the volunteers who braved the water. Right now the plants we removed are sitting spread out along the pond banks and the creatures that were hiding in them are making their way back in to the water.

We often have European volunteers via the EVS scheme and today Hubert was with us:
Aujourd'hui une journe un me faire photographier dans les pommiers....
Apres ca nous voila dans un etang etrain de nettoyer la nature. Tres bon travailles avec des personnes assey sympas.

Today is the launch of the website and right now we are eating apple cake (with apples from our orchard where Hubert posed for the paper), blackberry pie and blogging! When you volunteer you can add your own blogs about our days out or comment on existing entries.