We are having to change to date of the field visit that was planned for this Saturday, July 13th. The new date for the Dearne Valley Meadows field visit is Saturday July 20th Sorry for the late information on this.
This field visit is an exception to our usual plans. Not only will we be meeting at a later time, this is to be a two meeting event, with an indoor meeting the following day. On Wednesday July 10th our field visit will be meeting at 9:30 pm; due to the nature of the glowworms and moths. We will be setting up moth traps also, friendly traps. A torch and suitable footwear is advised. On the Thursday morning at 10:00 am we have an invite from our field visit leader to an identification session on the moths in the trap.
Full updated information to the detail for this Wednesdays field visit and follow up identification meeting on Thursday 11th are as follows
Starts at the later time of 9.30 pm with a walk along the Transpennine Trail (TPT)near Thurgoland. We will set up a moth trap, look at plants along the TPT, … detect bat species, and finally … count the glowworms on the way back. A steady short walk as it becomes dark. The leaders are Doug Brown and Jill Hayler.
The meeting point is Cote Lane near the TPT south of Thurgoland (Grid reference SE 291 003). Please be careful where you park to avoid any problems for local traffic.
The following day (Thursday 11 July) we are invited at 10 am to examine and identify the (cooled) moths before they are released. We are meeting this time off Moorend Lane in Silkstone Common near South Yorkshire Buildings. Grid reference SE 294 041. We will look out for you. It’s very close to Nabs Wood. And Doug and Jill are offering refreshments too!
This was a couple of very interesting and intense meetings for both the 10th and 11th. The glowworm count was over 40; while the moths traps had an array of different species.
Planning for our Autumn Winter programme is taking place. If anybody would like us to include something please drop us a line. As usual we are aiming for an array of field visits and indoor meetings. Nature inspired along with the many scientific processes behind them.
This evenings field visit is to Royd Moor Reservoir Local Wildlife Site (LWS). Meeting on Royd Moor Road, Thurlstone at the footpath towards the reservoir for a 7pm walk start. At grid ref SE224041, or Google Maps type in Royd Moor Road, Thurlstone. If you have an interest in the nature around us feel free to come along.
Moorland Birds Colin and Linda Graham are leading a field visit this Wednesday evening with moorland birds as the theme. It’s along ‘Swinden Lane’ and ‘Hordron Road’ up from the Flouch roundabout above Langsett.
The Swinden Lane and Hordron Road walk is 3 to 4 miles altogether. Strong footwear is advisable as it could be very wet. Please let us know if you are intending to join us.
Parking for the walk is near the junction of Swinden Lane and the A628 (on the left – travelling west) near Ellerslie Lodge. Care needs to be taken as the lane is used by a number of nearby residents.
It’s one mile west of the Flouch roundabout:Grid ref – SE 18264,01198 (SE182011), Postcode – S36 4HH, Lat 53.507156, Long -1.7260907
Our field visit this coming Saturday, 8 June, is to Wharncliffe Heath and Crags. This follows the presentation by the Wharncliffe Heathlands Trust earlier in the year about the local nature reserve there with its heathland, grassland, ponds, woodland and even wood pasture. Now we are having some warmer weather we are spotting more wildlife on our field visits. With the trusts plan to manage this site by natural means we should have plenty to see.
Meet on Station Road, Deepcar, at 10am near the bridge over the river Don from which we will walk up to the Heath and Crags. We recommend good footwear. Grid Reference SK291981. Post Code S36 2SQ.
We are working on our next round of programme events for our indoor meetings and field visits.
If there is anything you would like us to try and arrange please contact us. We are always open to ideas.
While our outdoor field visits tend to concentrate on the plant and animals we come across; and many are based on a specific topic; our indoor meetings often include a wide range of topics that takes into account the very diverse aspect that influence the nature we experience. With site history, human activities and planning being just the tip of the iceberg.
For this weeks evening walk we have Philip Jay as our leader. Philip will be taking us for a look at the nature around Cortonwood. With Philip working in the area he has seen a wide variety of wildlife; so there should be plenty to see.
Our meeting point is the Asda Living / Halfords car park. Grid ref: SE407014 or Google Maps postcode S730TB. With our usual 19:00 start time
This field visit is to Knabs Wood; Jill Hayler will be our leader for the evening. Our main topic will be woodland flowers. Because of the beautiful weather we have just now this should be an action packed outing; with the late spring flowers merging with the early summer flowers. With the usual multitude of questions from the group, I’m sure Jill will be busy. As usual there will be a keen interest in anything we spot along the way. Doug Brown will be helping Jill lead the group. This is a Woodlands Trust site; with more information on the area on their website.
We will be meeting for a 7 pm start at grid ref SE295040 or at the junction of Moorend Lane (S754QZ) and House Carr Lane, for Google maps users. There looks to be limited parking at the entrance to the woods so please take care if you need to park near properties by leaving residents enough space.