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WFV, Ashes Pasture, near Ribblehead, Yorkshire Dales. 18th June 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 20th Jun 2019, 10:57am

Small White OrchidA better Tuesday than the last two. The rain kept away, there were fleeting glimpses of the sun and the minibus, driven by Julia, headed out on the much loved and familiar route to the Dales.  Our destination was the recently extended  YWT Ashes Pasture Reserve near Ribblehead.  This is a diverse grassland area with acid pasture, fen meadows and calcareous flushes which hosts a wealth of species.

WFV, Askham Bog and Bolton Percy Station, 28th May 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Sat, 1st Jun 2019, 7:37am
Water Violet

There were 14 participants on this week's trip. With the weather forecast predicting a 70% chance of precipitation, we were expecting a wet day.

Our first port of call was a toilet stop in Tadcaster. With only one toilet, a 20p fee and an automatic door with a self-cleaning cycle between each visit, it became a drawn out process. Several 20 pences were lost ( according to a local this is not uncommon), some gave up and others snuck into the toilet at a nearby surgery. 

WFV, Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford 21 May, 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 21st May 2019, 5:13pm

blue tailed damsleflyA lovely sunny day greeted us as we met at Undercliffe Cemetery Lodge.  The site has a fascinating history having originally opened in 1854, not only for burials, but also with landscaping to provide formal parkland where people could spend recreational time.  By the early 1970s burials were becoming less common and the Bradford Cemetery Company went out of business in 1975.  The site suffered neglect reverting to a more natural state until Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council purchased it in 1984 and decl

WFV Rougemont Carr 14th May 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 15th May 2019, 10:58am

bluebellsToday's walk in the Lower Wharfe Valley was completed in continuous sunshine in sharp contrast to our walk in the area completed on 5 May 2015 when it had rained. Consequently the spring countryside was at its best with trees in leaf and flower, the birds were singing, butterflies were on the wing and many flowers were in bloom.

WFV Nidd Valley near Knaresborough 7th May 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 8th May 2019, 5:05pm

Yellowtail moth caterpillarThere were highs and lows in today's visit. With Stuart driving we left Bradford in cool drizzly weather heading for the Nidd valley near Knaresborough in order to see the Spring flora.  On arrival at the car park the newly erected height barrier prevented the minibus from entering.  The delay while an alternative parking  place was agreed upon provided the opportunity to investigate  the variety of plants on the roadside mound of soil.

WFV Aysgarth Falls Wensleydale 30th April 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 1st May 2019, 12:02pm

ToothwortWe sped through the Dales of Wharfedale and Bishopdale in the minibus before arriving at our destination Wensleydale with its limestone scars, green fields, sheep with lambs and of course waterfalls. The party of 13 arrived at the Yorkshire Dales National Parks information centre at Aysgarth Falls in mid morning. The staff had kindly assembled information about the dormouse introduction project started in 2008 for ourselves. The dormouse population is doing well in this special coppice hazel woodland habitat.

WFV, Lister Park and Heaton Woods, 16 April 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 18th Apr 2019, 12:00pm

KatsuraA really local walk today, at least for me. Lister Park is only 10 minutes’ walk from my house, but I haven’t spent much time studying the trees in the botanical gardens. Today’s itinerary was designed to give us time to look at most of the trees here, before moving on to Heaton Woods for a stroll through a more natural woodland. 

WFV Nosterfield Quarry and Local Nature Reserve 2nd April 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 3rd Apr 2019, 11:04am

egretsWe set off from Bradford on a cold April morning. Sunshine, showers and low temperatures were forecast. Our journey via the A1(M) took us first of all to Nosterfield Quarry, the sand and gravel extraction site operated by Tarmac. As extraction has ceased the quarried areas have naturally filled with water in the form of lakes which have attracted a variety of birds and other ecological interest. The surrounding grassland is based on magnesian limestone which supports a unique collection of plants.

WFV Fairburn Ings and St. Aidan's 19th March 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 20th Mar 2019, 9:17pm

Image removed.Owing to flooding at Wheldrake Ings we had opted for Fairburn today.

A second less expected change soon followed. As the minibus nosed out of the car park we were halted by Julia who had noticed a tyre was visibly deflating. Stuart and Sue quickly offered their own vehicles and drove the eight members to our destination.