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WFV, Malham Tarn Boardwalk, 9th July 2024.

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Sat, 13th Jul 2024, 3:27pm

It wasn’t the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last, that we set off for a wet day at Malham Tarn. 

After calling in at the toilets in the village, we drove up the hill enjoying views of the cove, and parked near Malham Tarn on the Arncliffe Road. 

Our aim today was to concentrate on the sedges, and before heading onto the boardwalk we looked at Alice’s diagrams of the structure of the sedges, so we had an idea of what to look out for. When it is so wet it is tempting to keep our books dry in our bags, but with umbrellas to hand we tried our best to get an identification for each one we saw – though this still isn’t an easy task, books or not. 

WFV 2.07.24 Hay Bridge Reserve, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 3rd Jul 2024, 1:19pm

An early start and we were off for a full day out in the Southern Lake District, passing familiar land marks on our journey, including Gargrave ( Leeds - Liverpool canal), Feizor (wonderful spring flowers), Kirby Lonsdale (intriguing toilets), Hutton Roof (Dark-red Helleborine) and Whitbarrow Scar (Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary) until we turned right following Newby Bridge into the dense canopy of Grizedale Forest.

On arrival it was a case of "what do we do now?" John the proposed leader was unwell. Recollections of our last visit in 2012 were vague. We made our way to the education centre and ate lunch outside. This was a day for wetland flora, sedges, reptiles and deer. Our highlight sightings were osprey in flight and also the slow worms and adder..

WFV, Wharram Quarry, 25th June 2024

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 27th Jun 2024, 5:13pm

A fine weather day was in prospect as a small party of seven set forth along the M62/A64 towards Wharram.  We made our comfort stop at the Seaway cafe at Fridaythorpe which seems to have become a bikers’ cafe since we were last there but offered the same opportunity to refresh ourselves.  We parked in the car park for the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy  (which three of the party decided to explore) and walked approx 2km to the quarry along pleasant tree-lined lanes which afforded sightings of around 40 species of plant which included hedge parsley, meadow cranesbill, yellow vetchling, zigzag clover, hairy tare, musk thistle and blue water speedwell.  There was a constant accompaniment of bird song, especially chiffchaff, willow warbler and chaffinch (although the Merlin app was picking up many more, including yellowhammer which has been a feature of the site on previous visits) but very few were visible. 

WFV Tuesday 18th June Hetchell Wood

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 20th Jun 2024, 10:25am

There were many highlights from our visit to Hetchell Wood today but by far the most dramatic was when Sue disappeared down the cliff edge to thankfully rescue her camera. Our lunch spot had been above the crags overlooking the tree canopy and fields beyond. Her interesting photos of the day are included in the Gallery. 

Hetchell Wood is an ancient woodland situated to the north of Leeds and famous for its spring flora, several rare plants and interesting geology. Both magnesian limestone and millstone grit form the bed rock of the reserve. It is managed by the YWT. However today our main focus was on the area of grassland located on the magnesium limestone. Our exploration was gracefully led by our guide Maddy. 

Cross Hill and Salthill Quarries, Clitheroe - 11 June 2024

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Fri, 14th Jun 2024, 11:11am

We last visited these sites in May 2018.  Each site is a former limestone quarry covering 20 acres.  Salthill quarry has SSSI status for its geology, where vast numbers of crinoids (sea lilies) are embedded into the rock face.  A recce had been done a couple of weeks ago by Alice and myself and we immediately noticed how much growth had occurred  in the interim period.  The wild thyme was out in profusion with birdsfoot trefoil adding an additional splash of colour.  Lady's bedstraw was just starting to come into flower with fairy flax and hoary plantain also being noted.  It was a bonus to see bee orchids as we progressed and mention should also be made of the beautiful Portugal laurel that was in full flower either side of the path as we entered the site.  An excellent view of a kestrel was enjoyed by all with a willow warbler also being seen.  Chiffchaff, garden warbler and blackcap were also heard.

WFV, Bishop Wood, nr Tadcaster, 4th June 2024

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 5th Jun 2024, 2:24pm

This is a site we visited for the first time last July. Then, we were primarily looking to see the Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies and we were quickly rewarded with numerous sightings.  The weather that day was delightful. The weather this time was anything but. Those members of the group who had cancelled their bookings were not missing out!

Ben Rhydding, 28th May 2024

Submitted by Amanda on Mon, 3rd Jun 2024, 4:39pm

Our tree walk in Ben Rhydding took place on a dull, rainy Tuesday. It wasn't a problem however,  the six of us remained quite clean as our route was on the pavement and didn't involve any muddy paths and fields. The walk was based on the suggestions in an informative booklet  which can be found at http://ilkleytrees.org.uk/  I particularly recommend that people with very little  knowledge of trees, like myself, follow the map in the booklet and then reread the information in it on  returning home.

WFV Flamborough and Bempton Cliffs, 21st May 2024

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 28th May 2024, 3:59pm

The plan was to have 2 drivers for this week's extended day out to North Landing/Flamborough and Bempton Cliffs but unfortunately illness forced Kevin to drop out, so Julia had sole driving responsibilities as well as leading. I was among three to be picked up at Low Moor before the minibus took the M62 route, turning off towards to Market Weighton to refuel, use the facilities and have a brief rest. As the minibus continued on its journey, Angela and I spotted a deer and a hare! There was plenty of blossom in the hedgerows. 

WFV Tuesday 14 May Clapham Woods

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 15th May 2024, 8:22pm

Despite the "dire" forecast a party of 12 experienced an enjoyable day out in the woodlands of the private Ingleborough estate and its environs. We made a gentle ascent from Clapham village to Ingleborough Cave on a  broad gravel path. Considerable work has been done to make the route safe enabling access to the main features of interest, to provide information for visitors also to manage the woodland ( the evidence being the newly planted trees and hedges). We agreed that £2.50 was fantastic value for money! There was a lot of interest for the group to absorb.

Our first viewing point was the stone bridge overlooking the river flowing from the man made lake above the village. Grey wagtail (several), pied wagtail, dipper and chaffinch were seen either on the rocks or flying across or downstream. Our route was through the Old Saw Mill cafe with its attractive display of cakes. It warranted a visit before departure!

WFV Oxember wood 7th May 2024

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Fri, 10th May 2024, 7:47pm

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Today was a very good day.  A Branch pick-up spared Julia, John and myself from treks across Bradford at both the start and end of our outing. Sue joined us on route and with Kevin at the wheel we headed out along the much-loved route to the west and our destination, Austwick. The Spring countryside was at its quintessential best. We parked in the village and set off for Feizor led by Maddie.