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Welcome to Walks, Talks & Joining



    Non-members are very welcome to most events.
            ( A few are marked members only.)


Halifax Scientific Society - Natural History and
Science for Pleasure - Lectures and Rambles.

Indoor meetings and talks are held at Halifax Central Library, Northgate*, Halifax.  They start at 7.15pm in Rooms 1 and 2 in the comfortable Library Basement.  Lift access is available.  Talks are on the second Tuesday of each month.  There is a retiring collection to offset our expenses.
*Halifax Central Library is due to relocate in Spring 2017.

Walks are led by experienced Naturalists and whilst every care is taken to minimise hazards,participants join at their own risk.  The walks are categorised as Ambles, Rambles and Hikes which vary in length and difficulty.  Most walks meet at 10:30 for a 10:40 start.  Bring a packed lunch, all-weather clothing and strong footwear.  Donations are welcomed to offset expenses.

  Meeting places and arrangements for walks are in the programme but it is advisable to confirm these via the blog,
or by phone or text to 0771 500 5379
Blog: calderdale-wildlife.blogspot.com

Council Meetings:   February 20  2017    August 14  2017

                     May 15   2017         October 16 2017

All interested individuals are welcomed as full
members, no scientific background or qualifications
are required; just interest and an enquiring mind.

For more information or to join us please contact:

Christine Eves  01422 327225 or cevesxx@yahoo.co.uk
Steve Blacksmith  01422 348222 or 07715 005379

Annual Subscription £15
(under 18s £5, under 10s free) due January
Join from October free until January

Birds: Steve Blacksmith
Butterflies and Moths: Brian Cain
Fungi: Alison Galbraith, Michael Sykes, Peachysteve
Geology: Emma Baker
Mammals: Peachysteve
Plants: Margaret Rothwell, Peachysteve
Reptiles and Amphibians: Steve Blacksmith
Spiders: Bruce Hoyle


Programme 2017

All are welcome to join us in order to enjoy discovering the natural world with like minded people.

T  Time to meet - e.g.10.30 for 10.40              P  Picnic

Sunday 1 January                                                  Hike
New Year Bird and Winter Flower Count.  Clay House to
Norland and return. Hike with SB. Meet Clay House. T P

Tuesday 10 January                             Talk
Craig Best of the National Trust "Waxcaps and Woodlands"

Tuesday 14  February                             Talk
Neil Barrett - Orchids of Britain and the Mediterranean

Saturday 25 February                             Ramble 10.30 - 15.00
Tree identification by bark and bud. Meet Clay House, West Vale    P                          
Saturday 11 March                                  Drive/ramble
Local Geology sites. Guest David Parkin of West Yorkshire Geology Trust. Meeting place and details to be confirmed.

Tuesday 14 March                                 Talk
David Winnard - Edible and poisonous plants and fungi of the North-West

Thursday 16 March                              Training 18.30 - 20.30
Toad Patrol briefing and training session. Meet SB at Mirey Wall Farm, Sowerby, HX6 1NJ                                                                    

March - April
Toad rescue patrols - evenings from late March. Whenever the temperature rises to about 10C. See our blog for details and register interest. These are suitable for families, but regular patrollers are especially needed to take part in rotas.

Wednesday 5th April                                 Amble - 13.00 - 16.30
Hardcastle Crags - a look at the woodland management. Meet Drew Marsh at the NT carpark, Midgehole. Parking charge for non-members of NT.

Tuesday 11 April                                       Talk
 Tim Melling of the RSPB - Walking among Penguins.

 Tuesday 18 April                                  Social
 Annual Dinner - Stump Cross Inn, details on the blog,

 Saturday 22 April                                  Ramble 10.30 - 15.30
 Birdwatching  ramble. Meet SB at far end of Elland Crematorium carpark to explore Park Wood.   P                                                      

 Sunday 30 April                                     Ramble 10.30 - 12.30 
 Bluebell Walk in Park Wood. Meet PS and SB at Elland Crematorium carpark.
Saturday 6 May                                          Ramble  
Native Daffodils/Little Owls, Rishworth. Meet SB at Mill Fold car park, Ripponden, off  B6113.                                                                   T P

Tuesday 9 May                                                                            Talk
Hugh Firman, Calderdale Council's Conservation Officer - Biodiversity, Brexit, bats, and bits and bobs. A round-up of news and initiatives.

 Saturday 20 May                                                             Ramble 10.30 to 13.30
Soyland's green lanes. Meet CW at Town End Farm HX6 4NB. Park leaving room for buses to pass, or use bus 561 or 562.  Members and their guests event. 

Tuesday 13 June                                                                 Talk
Dr Matthew Helbert - What allergy is - and isn't.

Saturday 17 June                                                   Ramble 10.30 - 16.30
Bird Watching Ramble, Rishworth area. Meet SB in the side road at Heathfield Preparatory School.      P

Saturday 8 July   (Typo in printed programme, but this is correct here.)                           Ramble 13.00 - 16.00
Wildflower meadow walk and picnic with CW.  Details to be confirmed.             NB This is a members only event. Advanced booking needed.     P

Tuesday 11 July                                 Talk                                                                        Julian Birkhead -Something about Spiders - UK spiders, an introduction to field study. 

 Saturday 15  July                                            Amble 10.30 - 15.00
 Big Butterfly Count - Meet SB Cromwell Bottom carpark.   P

 Sunday 23 July                                                   Amble 13.00 - 16.30
Halifax and District Beekeepers Association in Southowram. Talk and visit to see the bees. Advanced booking needed. Details on the blog.

Tuesday 8 August                                                                                       Talk
Philip Marshall - Trees - a historic perspective.

Wednesday 23 August                                                Amble 10.30 - 13.30
Explore Norland Moor. Meet Robin Dalton of Calderdale Countryside Service at the Norland Moor Recreation Ground car park.

Saturday 2 September                                  Amble 10.30 - 12.30 and 13.00 - 15.00
Search for rare plants. Meet PS at Hollas Lane, Copley. Attend either or both sessions.                                                                                                           P
Tuesday 12 September                                                                            Talk
Diane Fare of the Bronte Parsonage - Uncovering Bronte Country.

Saturday 23 September                                           5 miles Hike 10.30 - 16.00
Autumn Crocus viewing and Soil Hill. Meet BH at Bradshaw Church 
Watch our blog for other impromtu Autumn Crocus events.     P                                         
Saturday 7 October                                            Ramble 10.30 - 13.15
Fungus Foray.   Meet AG and Robin Dalton of the Countryside Service at the Countryside Education Centre at Ogden Water  (on the left as you go down to the dam.)     Watch our blog for other impromptu fungus forays.    

Tuesday 10 October                                                                         Talk
Helen Byron - RSPB's work in Yorkshire, the Humber and the Peak District

Tuesday 14 November
Our AGM, reports from our Recorders, plus a short presentation by one of our members.                                 
Tuesday 12 December                                Social
Christmas Social - Conversation, Archives, Books and Cake.

Tuesday 19th December   10.30 to 15.30  Ramble
Peachysteve's Birthday Ramble. Meet PS at Mirey Wall Farm, Sowerby HX6 1NJ