During our recent winter talks programme members in January enjoyed a comprehensive and interesting talk on Lichens by member Mike Dewey. Our meeting in February had to be cancelled due to snow but the speaker, Neil Forbes, will be with us for our first talk next October. Sadly our speaker for March has become seriously ill; so we now look forward to member Barbara Blatchford’s talk on “Wild Shetland”. We are so grateful to her for stepping in at the last moment.
SPRING/SUMMER 2013. Field Trip Programme.
Trips take place either once or twice monthly on the second or fourth Wednesday from April to September [inc.] excepting August. Half day visits start on site at 2.00pm; finishing at 4.00pmish. Full day visits begin at 11.00am on site; ending at 4.00pmish .
The Spring/Summer programme is listed below:-
10th April Brigsteer Wood 2.00pm Half day. Guide. Tony Wood. NT Forrester and Ranger; Supervisor.
8th May Thacka Beck, CWT Reserve with a guide 11.00am. Full Day. Followed by Sandbiggin Tarn nr Orton.
22nd May Humphrey Head 2.00pm Half day. CWT Nature Reserve with Pete Jones Reserve Manager.
12th June Lichen hunt plus wild flowers etc. With member Mike Dewey. Full day. 11.00am Stavely Wood Yard.
26th June Hay Bridge Nature Reserve near Bouth. Half day. 2.00pm. Guided visit.
10th July South Walney. CWT Reserve. Full day.11.00am on site. Guide. Sue Thurley.
Full details will be sent to all members nearer the time but please call Liz or Jan if you have any queries.
At the September Open Morning we welcomed a large number of new members. Alas they missed the opportunity to share in our wonderful visit to Sandscale Haws [NT] Nature Reserve,on a fine day in July, when warden Neil Forbes led us on a splendid tour around part of the area seeing Natterjack tadpoles and toadlets. We saw the effects of the currents in the creation of several phenomena including early stage sand dunes and many wild flowers; lovely specimens especially the rare Yellow Birds-nest. However new and existing members will be able to hear Neil speak in February; his enthusiasm will no doubt inspire us.
Our last Field Trip in September was to Roudsea Wood [Natural England] when some new members were able to join the visit. Conditions were extremely wet underfoot but the rain managed to hold off. Members Jan Wiltshire and Alec Greening enriched a good visit with their special knowledge of trees and flora [Jan] and ferns [Alec].
Our first interesting talk in the Autumn Programme on “Bird Migration” was given by Jackie and Stuart Hinton in October and was much enjoyed.
We look forward to “Red Squirrels” on 11 November and the “Surprise Christmas Medley” on 12 December.
Should any members have ideas regarding our next Field Trip Programme; or feel able to lead a visit to a site of special interest, please let Liz or Jan know. We would be really grateful.
If anyone needs more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with Liz or Jan.
Winter Talk Programme 2013
9 Jan: Lichens - Mike Dewey [member]: Start 2.30 p.m.
13 Feb: Sandscale Haws; NT Nature Reserve. Flowers and Fauna.
Neil Forbes, NT Reserve Warden: Start 2.15 p.m.
13 Mar: Warton Crag - Jennifer Newton, Lancs Wildlife Trust: Start 2.15 p.m.
First Field Trip
10 or 24 Apr: Whitbarrow; Howe Ridding Wood.
Half Day [Provisional. Arrangements to be confirmed.]
Start 2.00 p.m. on site.