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WFV Skipton Castle Woods 24th September 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 26th Sep 2019, 9:04am

a very wet day Eight people left Bradford in rain, returned home in rain and had no respite from the weather between those times. The intention to follow the canal towpath to the entrance of the woods had to be abandoned due to the collapse of a section of canal wall. We were soon back on track and avoiding deep puddles as we put our  identification skills into practice.

Hirst Wood Burial Ground and Trench Meadow, 30 July 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 31st Jul 2019, 12:00pm

entering burial groundToday we stayed local for visits to two contrasting sites. 

We started at Hirst Wood Burial Ground, gathering in the gloom of the wooded burial ground adjacent to Nab Wood Cemetery. BEES Friday volunteer group have been involved in some management of the site over the past couple of winters, so I wanted to return in the summer to collate a species list for the site, and get some ideas about the best way forward to implement the ecological management plan. 

WFV, Three Hagge Wood Meadow Project, 23 July, 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 24th Jul 2019, 3:56pm

emperorOn what was destined to be one of the hottest days of the year, 12 of us set off for Escrick near York, to visit the Three Hagge Wood Meadow project.  We were greeted on arrival by Professor Dave Raffaelli and Rosalind Forbes Adam, whose family own the estate on which the project is sited.  Through the introductory talk by Professor Raffaelli we learnt that the site was originally an arable field of 25 acres on which had been planted 10,000 native trees of 28 different species alongside local wild flowers

WFV, Langstrothdale, 16th July 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 17th Jul 2019, 3:57pm

exploring by the streamYou may have believed that the source of the Wharfe was at the northern extreme of Upper Wharfedale, but you would be wrong. It does in fact rise in the above named minor dale.

A full mini-bus driven by Stuart made its way via Bingley, Keighley, Cracoe, & Kettlewell towards our toilet stop in Buckden and then onto our destination New Bridge. The weather began cooler than expected but later warmed considerably, with plenty of sunshine, but always with a keen westerly breeze.  

WFV, Wharram Quarry (YWT) and Robert Fuller Gallery Thixendale 9th July '19

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 11th Jul 2019, 6:28pm

Marbled WhitesWharram Quarry is a species rich chalk grassland, home to the many characteristic plants that thrive on the thin soil levels found there. Quarried for chalk from 1919 it fell into disuse in the 1940’s and was offered to the YWT in the 1960’s when the owner found Bee Orchids growing on the quarry floor. Nine of us set off in very unpromising drizzly rain, to discover this promising flower and butterfly rich site in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Scout Scar, 2nd July 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Fri, 5th Jul 2019, 2:31pm

SquinancwortWith the distance putting some people off, and a few last-minute cancellations, it was a small group which made the journey to Cumbria. 
I’d been on a course at Blencathra FSC, so it was ideal for me to meet the minibus at the church near Brigsteer, so thanks to Kevin for being sole driver. After lunch on arrival, we set off downhill over the field to a stretch of woodland. 

WFV, Strensall Common, 25th June 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Mon, 1st Jul 2019, 10:12am

Yellow Brittlegill and BlusherNine hardy souls braved the dire weather forecast and journeyed via the M62-A64 to Strensall Common, a site several miles to the north of York. We sort of got away with it as during our 4 hour stay we experienced no periods of the heavy stuff, just light rain for the most part and even some dry spells; alas that yellow orb in the sky was totally absent.