New Year Social 22nd January 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 22nd Jan 2020, 11:56am

A group of 17 members gathered at the Unitarian church hall for our New Year Social. This was the last time we will be meeting at the church hall, an element of sadness as we have enjoyed many happy occasions here in the past. 

Our meeting took the same format as on previous occasions - food (all delicious), a review of the year through Sue's (and Alice's) excellent images of places, birds, flowers and insects we had seen during 2019, followed by discussion of places we might well visit in 2020.The contribution of members to the group was acknowledged and individuals thanked.  The wildlife quiz provided a humorous  note on which to conclude the meeting. We went away with a copy of the excellent Diary to enjoy reading in the quiet of our homes, also looking forward to our days ahead in the field.  Margaret

WFV New Year Walk on the canal at Brighouse 7 January 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 7th Jan 2020, 9:11pm

On what proved to be a fine, albeit windy day, our first outing of 2020 was a walk alongside the Calder and Hebble canal heading for Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve.  As our group of 9 left the car park in the centre of Brighouse, our first sighting was a pied wagtail with the canal providing the usual assortment of mallard and Canada geese busily searching for food.  Fungi was in evidence en route and John noted glistening inkcap, turkey tail and smoky bracket.

WFV, Old Moor, 26 November, 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 27th Nov 2019, 6:06pm

Clustered BonnetOur last outing of 2019 took us to a reserve we have visited many times, RSPB Old Moor.  On this occasion our minibus was almost full as we welcomed to our midst newcomers Joy and Bruce and also the return of Robert.  The weather was not on our side as we left Bradford with rain accompanying our departure and greeting our arrival as well.  Fortunately this did not last all day and by the time of our departure, things had impro

WFV, Devonshire Park Arboretum Keighley, 12 November 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 14th Nov 2019, 12:15pm

Parmelia sp. lichenCreated in 1888 and listed as Keighley’s ‘Hidden Gem’ the park is indeed a beautiful Arboretum, with a huge variety of interesting species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the area. A leaflet with a brief history and guide to the trees is available from Cliff Castle Museum.

WFV, St Chad's Churchyard, Headingley, 29th Oct 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 31st Oct 2019, 5:14pm

Scarlet WaxcapThe church grounds are locally renowned for their population of waxcap fungi and today was a repeat of the 2018 outing which, although yielding a goodly variety of fungi, produced very few waxcaps. That year was the worst in recent memory for waxcaps & we met with a similar failure at another venue in Mirfield. The consensus amongst the mycological community was that the spring & summer had been unusually dry.

WFV, Stainforth, 15th Oct 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 16th Oct 2019, 11:47am

salmon leapingToday 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. 

WFV North Cave Wetlands 1st October 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 3rd Oct 2019, 9:21pm

CurlewAlert leader John had read on the day before our trip that Blacktoft Sands RSPB Reserve, our original destination for today’s expedition, had been closed due to flooding and so took the wise decision to switch the venue to North Cave Wetlands, a YWT reserve where we were likely to see a similar selection of birds.  North Cave is an ever-evolving reserve based on a worked-out sand and gravel quarry with on-going adjacent extraction that will eventually form part of the reserve.

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.