WFV Sizergh Castle & Gardens 7th April 2009

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 7th Apr 2009, 7:24pm

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!



WFV, Ledsham and Fairburn Ings, 31st March 2009

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 31st Mar 2009, 5:23pm

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.


WFV, Nat Coal Mining Museum/Yorks Sculpture Park

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 18th Mar 2009, 9:39pm

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.




Tuesday 3 March Clumber Park Nottinghamshire

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 3rd Mar 2009, 12:59pm

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.


Tuesday 17 February 2009 Knaresborough - Nidd Gorge geology trail

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 17th Feb 2009, 12:52pm

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.


Tuesday 13 January 2009

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 13th Jan 2009, 12:42pm

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?


weekend conservation tasks

Submitted by julia on Mon, 29th Sep 2008, 5:32pm
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.