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WFV, Lister Park and Heaton Woods, 16 April 2019

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

A 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. 

With the help of the detailed planting guide in the Council’s Lister Park leaflet, and with Veronica’s expert knowledge, we strolled from the Norman Arch to the top corner of the park over a period of about an hour and a half. 

WFV Nosterfield Quarry and Local Nature Reserve 2nd April 2019

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

We 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

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.

WFV, Old Moor RSPB, 5th March 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 6th Mar 2019, 12:55pm

As we left Bradford the bulk of the chatter was that we hadn’t expected rain. Thankfully by the time we reached Old Moor, near Barnsley, the skies had cleared and we had what could be considered good weather for the beginning of March (whatever that might mean these days).

The Bird Garden and the Tree Sparrow Farm proved to be a very successful place to begin and end our visit. I think the highlight for all were the Bramblings, both male and female, seen in both places. But we were equally pleased to have great views of Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrows, Reed Buntings, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Bullfinches and Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits. A colourful bunch, all attracted to the bird feeders.

Burton Agnes Gardens nr Driffield Tuesday 19th February 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 20th Feb 2019, 5:12pm

Twelve members of the group set off from the Unitarian church in Bradford on this cold, winter morning to head east for our visit to Burton Agnes gardens. It was a long two hour drive however we were in the safe hands of Kevin and Sue.

Burton Agnes Hall was commissioned by Sir Henry Griffith, Queen Elizabeth's master mason in 1598. Our purpose was to visit the gardens and complete a lovely woodland walk (the option of making purchases of plants was also on offer).

The snowdrops in the woodland formed a magnificent white carpet. The species was exclusively Galanthus nivalis.  According to Richard Mabey in Flora Britanica most colonies began as garden escapes and may not be native. They are often linked with ecclesiastical buildings such as churches and abbeys, deserted cottages and riversides. They reproduce almost exclusively by division of the bulbs rather than by seed.

WFV, Starling Murmuration, 5 February 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 7th Feb 2019, 9:01am

Julia had been keeping a close eye on local starling murmurations in recent weeks as she tried to decide where today's destination should be.  Notification was received on the day preceding our visit that Leighton Moss was the favoured site and so, on a misty morning, 12 of us left Bradford a little later than normal to visit this popular RSPB reserve.  Fortunately conditions had improved by the time we reached Silverdale where it was agreed that the Causeway Hide would be our first port of call.  As we crossed the boardwalk on our way, we were delighted to see a lovely display of scarlet elf cups, as well as various lichens on the trees nearby which caught Alice's attention.  Snowdrops had also been seen as well as polypody.

practising

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 29th Jan 2019, 3:01pm

just checking for anything different.

We went through the differences between the old and the new blog entry procedures. I am happy with Sue continuing to add my photos to the gallery. Perhaps when the site has had a few more tweeks I will be prepared to give photos/gallery a go.

New Year Social 22.01.2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 29th Jan 2019, 12:03pm

Fifteen members attended our annual social event held at the Unitarian church hall in Little Horton.

As is the custom people brought some delicious food items for us all to enjoy. We also enjoyed the digital images of the flora and fauna the group had seen in 2018.Thanks go to Julia, Sue and Alice. Discussion followed about our future summer programme and ideas were shared. Finally Julia provided us with an intriguing quiz. We look forward to good weather and many successful outings in 2019.

Margaret

WFV,New Year Walk,Gargrave, 8th January 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 9th Jan 2019, 11:18am

Nine members enjoyed a New Year walk of 4.5km. Led by Donald, we followed a circular route from Gargrave along the towpath of the Leeds - Liverpool canal and returned across fields along a section of the Pennine Way. Predictions from Donald of good weather, wet grass and mud were all upheld. Blue sky and sunshine accompanied us all day. The pace was slow, ideally suitable to admire the reflections in the canal and to appreciate the beauty of nature as a new year begins.After the razz ma tazz of a modern Christmas the peace and quiet were more than welcome. Lunch was taken in sunshine on seats by the Bank Newton locks

.While numbers were low, twenty two species of bird were recorded from large,three buzzards over the canal, to small, a wren seen by John. The largest group was one of gulls accompanied by several teal on a pond. We were stopped in our tracks by a noisy, smaller and less often seen group of tree sparrows.

WFV, Gallows Hill Nature Reserve ( Mystery Trip), 27th Nov 2018

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Sat, 8th Dec 2018, 9:55am

Our annual mystery trip is often very popular but there were a few empty seats on the minibus for this year's trip. The destination had remained a well kept secret and John's speculation about the possibility of Shibden Park was soon ruled out as we headed out of Bradford along Canal Road to pick up Sue at Tesco; a late arrangement due to problems with train delays.