Glowworms and Moths

Wednesday July 10th & Thursday July 11th

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.

Autumn 2019-Winter 2019

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.

Wednesday 3rd April

This is the date for our next indoor meeting:
Wildlife and Management at Wharncliffe Heath LNR.
This will be a joint presentation by Dave Buttle, Albin Smith and Andrew Hill. Their combined knowledge will surely keep us entertained. Presentations about any of the Local Nature Reserves are normally multi-topical and this one will be no exception.

Yet again, for our last indoor meeting of our Spring/Summer programme, we had a fascinating presentation about the work that this trust is doing in the LNR. Thee trust are taking a softer slower approach to restoring the ecology; which is therefore allowing the natural species to, somewhat, lead the way. More details of their work can be obtained from their website at http://www.whtrust.org.uk .
This link will also can also be found on our Links page for easier access in the future.

Wednesday 20th March

Wings across the Ings – the Garganey Trust is creating new habitats on the farmland between Broomhill Flash and  Wombwell Ings. Some of this farmland is being converted into wet grassland, open water and reedbeds. They have now obtained the final planning consent and work started in February.
 
Jeff Lunn, chair of the Garganey Trust, is giving an illustrated talk on the “Wings across the Ings” project at this meeting of the Barnsley Nats.

There are bound to be lots of questions and discussion; as usual from our members and visitors.

Following Jeff’s talk and questions, we have the Barnsley Nats’ annual general meeting. 

We would like to know how you see the future of the Society, so please come full of ideas and suggestions.

All welcome

This proved to be a fascinating presentation, so many complex issues were covered by Jeff. Along with the nature and conservation, we were given an insight into the history of the Gargney Trust, historical land use of the Ings to securing funding.

Further information about the Trusts work can be found on their website. http://www.garganeytrust.org.uk
This link is also being posted on our Links page to enable easier access.

The Planning Process and Biodiversity

Our next indoor meeting takes place on Wednesday March 6th. With a presentation by Trevor Mayne. Trevor is Barnsley Council’s biodiversity officer and is back to give us further insight about how the planning process can protect wildlife and encourage developers to consider and perhaps even enhance biodiversity.

So no doubt lots of discussion and questions on this highly complex but interesting topic!

30 Years of Garden Wildlife

Our next indoor meeting will take place on Wednesday February 20. Featuring a presentation by John Bowers entitled 30 years of Garden Wildlife.

John has recorded the wildlife – birds, butterflies, moths, bees and much more – in his garden in Headingley Hill for well over thirty years. His article in the YNU’s ‘The Naturalist’ – based on his records – supports the idea of the importance and richness of suburban gardens for wildlife and biodiversity.

He is a long-standing member of both Leeds Naturalists’ Club & Scientific Association and Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union.

Barnsley Town Hall, 7pm, Wednesday 20 February – all welcome.

Members’ presentations

This next Wednesday, 6th February, at 7pm at Barnsley Town Hall, we have another evening in which different members give short presentations on any natural history topic they choose.

It can be anything – with images on the screen or just saying a little about something seen or heard about. It’s also an opportunity to bring something along to identify or provoke discussion.

Please come along and join in. Let us know what you would like to tell us about / show us – or let it be a surprise!

All welcome of course – with or without something to show! 

First meetings of 2019

The first indoor meeting in 2019 is a talk by Ron Marshall on Chile. Come along to Barnsley Town Hall on Wednesday 9 January at 7 pm.

The first outdoor meeting in 2019 on Saturday 12 January is a field visit to RSPB Old Moor, meeting in the Old Moor car park at 10.00 am. We are joining up with the local birdwatchers group led by Colin and Linda Graham.

The full programme will be posted on the programme page soon.