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Monday, 21 August 2017

Help plant 3000 Autumn Hawkbit plug plants to provide food for Twite!



Volunteers needed!  Please see below the note from Katie Aspin of the RSPB:

As you may be aware, the Twite Recovery Project has been working with farmers to increase food availability for Twite during the breeding season, mainly through restoring hay meadows with key Twite food plants including Dandelion, Common Sorrel and Autumn Hawkbit.  Autumn Hawkbit is an important food source for Twite late in the breeding season, however, botanical surveys last year showed that this species hasn’t taken particularly well in some of the reseeded meadows.  Natural England have therefore approved a grant to buy some Autumn Hawkbit plug plants, which we hope will do better than the seed.  We are looking for volunteers to help us to plant these plug plants in September at farms near to Ripponden, Rishworth and Marsden.  If anyone would like to help out, please let me know which dates you could make from the list below:

Monday 18th September
Tuesday 19th September
Monday 25th September
Tuesday 26th September

Any time you could give would be very much appreciated, we have over 3000 plug plants to plant!

Many thanks,
Katie Aspin
Twite Project Officer (working days Monday - Wednesday) 
Email : Katrina.Aspin @rspb.org.uk
The RSPB, Northern England Region, Westleigh Mews, Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8QD
Tel 01484 868431
Mobile 07736722177



Friday, 11 August 2017

Bog Asphodel

This group of 6 spikes has survived since July 5th (see earlier blog) right next to the cycle track beside the standing stone on Norland Moor: now producing seeds.






Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Change of Plan

At the monthly meeting last night when we were treated to Philip Marshall's excellent talk on historic trees I announced in the second part of the meeting that there was to be a walk to Howarth from Mount Tabor on Friday 11th August, (returning by bus we had planned.)

Unfortunately I had forgotten it is the Cromwell Bottom Open Day on Sat.12th, where we are due to have a stall. Due to this I will have to postpone this walk. (See the link to the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group on this blog.)

It is an impromptu walk ( not in the programme.) Some of us want to to commemorate the book "A Spring-time Saunter" by Whiteley Turner about a four-day walk he did in 1904. We were prompted by the upcoming talk "Uncovering Bronte Country" which we are hosting on September 12th.

I will obviously go to the meeting-point to check if anyone turns up.
Yesterday morning (Tuesday August 8th) I found this beautiful creature almost drowning on the metal walkway outside our building. Unable to identify it, I sent the photo to our very own Moth expert, Charlie Streets. For those people at last night's meeting who also didn't recognise it, Charlie has identified it as a Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma), showing the chocolate brown head and thorax typical of the Northern form (apparently!). Charlie also supplied this useful link:

https://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/pheosia-gnoma/


Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)

Weeping Beech

For those who were enquiring at yesterday evening's talk where this magnificent weeping beech is growing; it is in the local park at Evesham in Worcestershire. I have never seen a better specimen.


                                                     Beech in Evesham Local Park


If anyone wishes to visit this 1,000 year old Oak, which has a girth of 9.08 metres, it is at Ripley Park in Yorkshire. Originally it would have stood within the Forest of Knaresborough. But this was not a Forest of trees as we understand the term.

                                        
                                 
                                                       Ancient Oak at Ripley Park


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A talk invitation to Derbyshire - about Mammals we have in Calderdale.

From: Margetts Joseph [mailto:Joseph.Margetts@peakdistrict.gov.uk]
Sent: 28 July 2017 12:45
Subject: Otters, water vole and mink evening talk invitation

Join us for an evening talk with experts to find out more about the fascinating lives of these enigmatic mammals, their current status, prospects for the future, and how climate change may be affecting them.
Wildlife photographer and cameraman Jack Perks (BBC Springwatch and Countryfile) - who specialises in capturing underwater footage - will be sharing with us some of his experiences filming otters and water voles on UK waterways.
All are welcome to attend this FREE event, and light refreshments will be provided.
Moors for the Future Partnership are launching a survey of ‘Tails of the Uplands’ through our Community Science project - focusing on otter, water vole and mink.
This event will not only be a chance to learn more about these amazing animals, but an opportunity to find out about the ways you could get involved in keeping track of these species.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 24th August 2016

Time7pm - 9pm

Location: Hathersage Memorial Hall (Main Hall), Oddfellows Rd, Hathersage, Hope Valley,
Derbyshire S32 1DU (link to map).

Transport & Parking

Nearest train station: Hathersage (5 minute walk) which is on the Sheffield - Manchester line.

Nearest bus stops: Hathersage Main Road (5 minute walk)

Parking: There is a large pay and display car park directly opposite the Hathersage Memorial Hall, which costs 50p for the whole evening after 6pm. There is also some free on-road parking on nearby side roads.

Joseph Margetts
Community Science Project Communications Officer
Moors for the Future Partnership
The Moorland Centre, Fieldhead, Edale, Derbyshire, S33 7ZA.
01629 816 585
07972 734 157
Joseph.Margetts@peakdistrict.gov.uk
Website: moorsforthefuture.org.uk
Facebook: Moors for the Future
Twitter: @moorsforfuture