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CCG has a wonderful printed Newletter/Magazine issued twice a year.
Members receive either a printed copy or a digital copy. Not to be confused with the short annual newsletters printed here on the Web (simply this events list.)

We also have a members email discussion group
which enables members to keep in touch, share pictures, share news of sighting, ask and answer quesions and hear about extra meetings organised at short notice.

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Outdoor events:

Those attending the outdoor events should be appropriately dressed (spare clothes, waterproofs, walking boots, sun-hats, sun-block etc.). Bring food and a drink. Contact the event leader in advance, to see if dogs are permitted. Non-members will be invited to make a donation of £2.00 (children free) to cover CCG’s advertising and insurance costs.
Event leaders have the discretion not to accept participants who are not suitably equipped or whom they consider unable to participate safely. Although all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure safety, participants join in at their own risk.



Items in coloured boxes (green) are not CCG events but CCG members generally welcome. Members of CCG are eligible to attend YNU meetings (pale yellow orange boxes).

Date Event: Links go to details (if upcoming) or report (if past - so far no past events!) Number of people who attended

31 Dec -3 Jan


The BSBI New Year Plant Hunt - takes place in the first four days over the new year every New Year and people contribute from all over Britain.

See our results for CCG for 2022 amongst all the national results here

If you would like to go for an up-to-3 hour walk by yourself where-ever you are in the UK please do so and send results to the BSBI. The phone app works quite well now - or use the link on the computer.

Last year five members joined the parish walk at Keasden Head (See pictures),

Some of us will be doing that again this year. Meet at Keasden Head Farm Roadside at 10.30 on on Sun 1 Jan to join the Parish Walk.

- It is a worthwhile walk , though not brilliant for flowers at this time of year. -. We recorded seven species in flower: Hazel, Bittercress, Petty Spurge, Dandelion, Field Speedwell, Annual Meadow-grass, Groundsel

Judith will probably be organising a walk in Settle on one of these days - Do contact her if interested. Or tell us about one you are organising.

Past CCG NYPH events: 2022 , 2021 (42 species - a record), 2019 , 2018 , 2017, 2016, 2015. It is easy to send in results using an app on a mobile phone.


Th 19 Jan CCG Planning Meeting by Zoom. All CCG members welcome 7.30pm. Ask for details  
Th 19 Jan 7.30pm A Year in the Life of a Swift - Linda Jenkinson - Talk for the Yorkshire Naturalists Union on Zoom  
Wed 25 Jan 7.30pm Winter wildlife Bective Room, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria Surprised by the wildlife you can see in winter? The Cumbria Wildlife Trust's learning and development manager Jamie Normington will give you all the answers!  
Th 26 Jan 7.30pm

Zoë Pickup: "What lies beneath? - A brief look at the ecology of fresh water microscopic organisms"

Talk by Dr Zoë Pickup

Craven Conservation Group talk: St John's Church, Settle BD24 9NT
£5-00 visitors - £1-00 members -
Note Membership has been held at £8-00 - So you only have to come to two meetings to have got your membership subscription back.

Several Memebers have asked to attend by Zoom:
This is the link: Note, when you click on this link you will have to register first by giving your email.
You will then be given the link to click on to come to the meeting.

Non members you are still very welcome, and (asuming the zoom works) maybe one day you can give us a donation.

Microscopy talk

37 plus 4 on zoom

Wed 1 Feb

chapelJoint "Walk for the Climate" with group from Churches Together in Settle.

Read about the visit here:

Giggleswick School Chapel: Walk from Giggleswick. Meet 1.30pm outside Giggleswick Church.

We had permission and time to look inside the chapel.



giggleswick2023 walk

Wed 1 Feb CCG discussion meeting. 4pm-5.30pm 6
1 Feb 4.30pm c 1 hr Friends of the Dales (Yorkshire Dales Society): Digital Talk: Plastic Free Woodlands Please register  
8 Feb

Tortula muralisTamsin Candeland writes: "I will be leading a moss walk for a small group next Wednesday afternoon February 8th, weather permitting.  This is aimed at beginners but if you have some knowledge of mosses your expertise will be welcomed! 

We will meet at 2.00 p.m. somewhere in the centre of Settle and walk a very short distance, stopping to look at some of the mosses we find along the way.  I reckon we will be out for about an hour and a half.  We will use a key to try and identify about 10 mosses, and perhaps a liverwort as well.   

We will stay mainly on tarmac but may go a little way along a stony track, so stout shoes or trainers would be advisable as is warm, weatherproof clothing as we will be standing around a lot.   

If you have a hand lens please bring it, along with your glasses if you need them for reading(Hand lneses will be provied if you don't have one)

Places will be limited so if you are interested, please email to book a place and get full details.  In your email please include your phone number (mobile if you have one) and the name and phone number of an emergency contact, just in case…. 


Sat 11 Feb


ACE Settle (Action for Climate Emergency) are holding their monthly Green Cafe : - all welcome to come and chat over over refreshments about topical issues. This will also be an opportunity for members to feedback on the running of ACE (as one of two meetings each year, the other being the AGM) and for you all to let us know what you would like to see ACE do this year. 

This will incllude a presentation from the RSPB's Catherine Ramsey about local involvement with the Curlew Recovery Project. Some of you are already involved - come and hear about what's happening and what you can also do. 

Catherine Ramsay wrote to CCG:

Volunteers Wanted for RSPB Breeding Wader Survey!

Many species of wading birds are declining nationally. The RSPB needs your help to complete surveys to collect essential data about the populations of Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank and Oystercatchers in the Forest of Bowland. This science will then contribute to habitat management plans, inform policy decisions and help influence external organisations. Find out more here: or email

Th 16 Feb 7.30pm

Wild Ingleborough: fighting climate change, aiding nature’s recovery”.  Talk by Ellie Parker of YWT and Wild Ingleborough.

Ingleborough Talk


Wed 22 Feb 2pm-4pm Settle Gardening Club Talk: "Settle Wildflower Lockdown Walk discoveries" - by Judith Allinson  
Wed 22 Feb 4pm to 5.30pm Settle Eco-Explorers - for families with children aged 4-11(Younger and older children also welcome) - Starts today for the 2023 season, and will meet fortnightly. This week meet at St John's Church, Settle. Today we have a project on Fair Trade. In the week before please collect a few examples of fair trade packaging. Email for more details  
Wed 22 Feb 4.30pm Friends of the Dales Digital Talk: Raptor Persecution Park Wednesday 22 February 2023, 4.30pm (c 1 hr) As Investigations Officer for the RSPB, Howard Jones works with the police to investigate crimes against threatened wild bird species;  
Wed 22 Feb
The relationship between fungi and trees 7:30pm - 9:00pm Bective Room, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria Fungi as foes and friends of trees. Following rapid developments over the last 20 years, Dr. Mike Hall will give us all the details with this excellent illustrated talk.  
23 Feb 7.30pm

A survey of bush-crickets in Hull - by Africa Gomez - YNU talk on Zoom


Wed 1 March.


Joint "Walk for the climate" with group from Churches Together in Settle. Childrens Swings etc Playground outside Booths and the Primary School. 5
Wed 15 March 12.30am

Visit to the folly Archives


Th 16 March 7.30pm

CCG talk: Liz Groves of Craven Badger Group Forum :
"Badgers: Hiding in Plain sight:
Badger ecology, Badger signs, Badgers locally".

This is a hybrid meeting. If you cannot come in person then the Zoom link is as follows:

When you click the link you will find you have to give your email to registerRegister. You can register in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Badger Poster

c 35 plus c12 online (but the online talk had to be cut short due to technical reasons - apologies to those concerned)
Wed 22 March Visit to the Folly Museum Archives Section 1pm - 3pm. (Or come early and have lunch at the cafe at 12.30pm) c.9 over two visits
Sat 25 March

This weekend (Saturday 25th March) Tree planting at Kelcow Woods, Giggleswick. Meet at 10am outside the Harts Head pub (parking at the swimming pool). Please wear stout shoes and gloves and bring a spade, if you have one, and a snack and drink. Let me know if you have any ideas for future events/projects. Hope to see you soon Andrew 07826518626

30 March 7.30pm YNU event:
 Kate Wright will give a presentation on Saving Nidderdale’s Priority Ponds. Kate is Project Officer for a partnership initiative between Nidderdale AONB and the Freshwater Habitats Trust, which surveyed and assessed Nidderdale’s pond network and examined ways to facilitate its conservation.

Further information on Kate's project can be found here:

As with previous sessions, booking is available through Eventbrite:
Sat 1 Apr

Walk at Newton in Bowland led by Geoff Morries.

Morning walk meetup time: 10.30am. We will walk beside the river - round route c 1.5 miles - no steep slopes, but the ground cann be very uneven and muddy. Wellingtons or walking boots recommend. Bring Sandwhiches for Lunch. Afternoon wallk meetup time: 1.30pm. Walk in the Village to see the Quaker Burial Ground - this is very easy walking and recommend for the less mobile. (We hope to have access to the village hall at lunch time)




Sat 15 April

Action for Climate Emergency Settle April Cafe: : Find out more about Biodiversity loss, what it means, and what we can about it in Settle, with speaker Kate Jennings, Head of Sites & Species Policy at the RSPB. All welcome. Saturday 15th April 2023 10.30-12.30pm, St Johns Methodist Church, Settle. More info:, Facebook, Twitter @ACESettle.

Sat 22 April Ground Nest Fest, a free day of activities for families at the Folly Museum, Settle celebrating our ground nesting birds through music, dance, poetry and craft. details.  
1 May Climate walk - Joint CCG and Churches Together. 6 but in separate places.
2 May Lost Rainforests of Yorkshire - Judith Allinson will be leading a walk for the YWT Wild Ingleborough Project, looking at the epiphytes on some of the trees. Meet at Ribblehead Quarry 6.15-8.30pm. More details here. Epiphytes include ferns, mosses and lichens.


c 4 members CCG

6 May

Meeting of the Bryological Section of the YNU at Frostrow near Sedburgh. Meet at 10:00 am in the in the Joss Lane car park, Sedbergh, grid reference SD65919218.

2 members CCG, and 7 others

Sat 27 28 May

Note the date is Sat 27 May (Not the 21 May which was not the correct date)

YNU Field Excursion to Hell Wath, Ripon (River Skell and Magnesian Limestone) Meet

Meeting Place: at SE300699 at the entrance to the sports fields half way along Hell Wath Lane. Accessed via Whitcliffe Lane HG4 2JN. Roadside parking at the sides of Hell Wath Lane nr SE300699 near the Sports Ground.

Tea and Meeting: This will be at 4 pm in the red brick ‘Pavillion’ at the playing fields. There will be a modest charge for tea. There are toilet facilities.

Contact: For any further information contact the Divisional Secretary, Dr Terry Whitaker at (Tel. 01524 262269)


1 June

5pm Settle or 5.30pm

or for parking at SD7770-7820 at 5.25pm

1st Day of the Month Walk for the Climate. The Walk this month on 1 June will be a walk at Ashes Pasture (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve) This is a repeat because it was so good two years ago - but this year the walk is a month earlier, so we will see a slightly different selection of plants - See July: Please can you let me know if you are coming:

However you plan to get there please could you let me know if you intend to come. (If there are LOADS of people I might have to rearrange the parking) Bring strong footwear and suntan cream. This is a lovely reserve. CCG contributed some money (in memory of Dave Tayler) about six years ago when there was an appeal to buy more land at Ashes Pasture. The flat area of meadow at the bottom has many species of plant, including Globe Flowers.

8 people

See report

1 July 11am-3pm

National Meadows Day - Many Events at Lower Winskill Farm -

Including two short wildflowers walks and a grasses walk led by Judith Allinson. - One of these walks will count as the "1st Day of the Month Walk for the Climate"

  • Lower Winskill, Settle - no booking necessary
    11am - 3pm Lower Winskill, Langcliffe, Settle, BD24 9PZ (please note sat nav may take you to Higher Winskill)
    A variety of activities including: Make your own meadow workshops, Wildflower walk, Bumblebee walk, Farmer walk, Crafts & a self guided nature trail. Parking and refreshments available   


1 August  Joint CCG walk for Climate. Meet at the sharp bend at the top of Langcliffe Brow  SD82976530 at 10am ready for a walk across to Blua Crags. (c. 1 km). This gives a splendid view down to Settle and Langcliffe. To take part please contact   8
15,16 August "Eco-Explorers - Summer Day camp for families. - Organised by Churches Together in Settle. (But several CCG people will be helping) at Lower Winskill Farm, Settle  
Fri 1 Sept "First Day of the Month" Walk at Haweswater in the Lake District (in anicipation of the talk by Lee Schofield later in the month). Meet in Settle at 8.30am or at .....- Location to be specified shortly at 10am at Haweswater. Please tell us if you intend to come so we can give you more precise details (and also be in contact should the weather forecast turn drastically bad) 4
Thurs 21 Sept

Talk " Wild Haweswater" by Lee Schofield, author of "Wild Fell"

7.30pm, St John's Church , Off Church Street, Settle BD24 9JH

Come early to ensure a good seat.

Lee Schoffield Talk poster

c. 45
Sun 1 Oct

First of the month walk: See report at: Climate Walk: Fungi, Flowers and Grass of Parnassus on 1 Oct 2023 at Attermire and Scaleber Foss we followed the plan:-

The plan is to meet at St John's church at 1.45pm on Sunday and then go maybe driving up to near Attermire, and then go for a walk. There is a field with a nice calcareous flush. We may (or may not) see one or two waxcaps. Or we may go to somewhere else mentioned in Frederick Riley's book. I anticipate the walk (including short car journey) will be between 1.45 and 4.40pm. Please could you let me know if you are able to come - so i can give you further details when/if we make more plants. 07950 469 545

Sat 7 Oct This is National Fungus Day.  
Wed 11    
Thur 12 Oct (Note this is the 2nd Thur, not the 3rd Thur of the month)

Jack Spees of the Ribble Rivers Trust will be the speaker at our October meeting on October 12th

7.30pm, St John's Church , Off Church Street, Settle BD24 9JH

Come early to ensure a good seat.

21 Oct YNU AGM York 4
21 October 2023

National Moss Day.

The British Bryological Society is 100 years old this year and has establishe that 21 October from henceforth will be National Moss Day.

What do you suggest we have as Settle / Craven's Regional Moss? Neckera crispa? Tortella tortuosa?

Fri 27 Oct CCG Planning Committee - 5
Tue 17 Nov Trees in Craven Project with Ron at the Folly 5
Wed 1 Nov First Day of the Month Walk - Long Preston Deeps and Hellifield Flash 6
Thur 16 Nov poster for CCG AGM 22
Fri: 1 Dec

1st of the Month Walk.from Stainforth up the Ribble Way ANd the Pennine Journey footpath (same thing) beside Haw Beck.

Sat 30 Dec - Tue 2 Jan  

Those attending the outdoor events should be appropriately dressed (spare clothes, waterproofs, walking boots, sun-hats, sun-block etc.). Bring food and a drink.
Contact the event leader in advance, to see if dogs are permitted.
Non-members will be invited to make a donation of £2.00 to cover CCG’s insurance costs.


Event leaders have the discretion not to accept participants who are not suitably equipped or whom they consider unable to participate safely.
Although all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure safety, participants join in at their own risk.

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Groups in North Craven (i.e. Settle Bentham Ingleton Gargrave Malham Area) Groups adjacent to North Craven or including a wider area.
Roots - Respect Our Old Trees - Settle

Yorkshire Naturalists' Union (YNU)

Now you can find out about events run by the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union (YNU) at their website and by some of the forty or so other natural history societies throughout Yorkshire which are affiliated to the YNU

Volunteering at Malham Tarn National Trust. Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group, Craven Section

Colt Park Thursday Volunteers:
Volunteering for Natural England At Colt Park Barn - usually on Thursdays. Please contact Natural EnglandSee Ingleborough NNR Facebook and Ingleborough NNR Twitter

Kirkby Lonsdale Supporters Branch of Cumbria Wildlife Trust Click for events - details from 015242 41155
Austwick Field and Local History Society. Monthly talks.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - See YWT North Yorkshire opportunities for volunteering
Grass Wood Work Party Days - check the list just above - N Yorkshire

Settle U3A Bird-watching Group Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Settle U3A Geology Group Forest of Bowland Events

ACE Settle: Action on Climate Emergency have a biodiversity group that goes tree planting.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society
Bentham Footpath Group Cumbria Lichens and Bryophytes
Ingleton Archaeology Group Friends of the Dales
Settle U3A Geology Group Yorks Biodiversity Forum

North Craven Heritage Trust

Yorkshire Dales National Park Guided Walks and guided walks of other organisations.
Guided Walks in the the Yorkshire Dales, on various natural history topics. Run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Although aimed primarily for tourists, These are very good value for money for locals too. and we don't have to travel far to get to the walks.

Natural History and other courses at Malham Tarn Field Centre.(e.g. Grasses, algae, mosses, moths, and many others).

Sadly after 75 years of excellent courses the Field Sutdies Council has decided to cease running courses at Malham Tarn Field Centre. This is a tremendous loss. Tens of thousands - maybe well over 100,000 people or 150,000 have stayed there over the years. Many universities carried out research whilst they were there.

Plantlife - Own the Nature Reserce: Winskill Stones.

Bentham Environmentally Sustainable Town: BEST The North West Fungus Group (Includes Cumbria Lancashire, Cheshire and Clwyd)
Information on fungi
  The Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group

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Weblinks you may like - Judith (webeditor)'s blog on raising money to save wildlife habitats and wildlife activities in Craven

North Craven Heritate Trust - Good articles in past issues.

Tony Dilger Photography - TG is a CCG member. Good photos

Craven Speakers Club, Skipton -

English names of mosses

Friends of Dales Rail

Identifying molluscs- easy online key to garden slugs and snails

Yorkshire Dales National Park Biodiversity Action Plan

Craven District Council Local Biodiversity Action Plan (outside YDNP)

Harlequin ladybird survey - News- A new ladybird has arrived in Britain . But not just any ladybird: this is the harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis , the most invasive ladybird on Earth.- Look out for sightings in Craven as it comes north.

Fungi Links
See also the websites of
The Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group

Sites that link to us:

Horon-in-Ribblesdale Parish website

Wharfedale Naturalists


Terry Whitaker would like to receive butterfly and moth records for this part of Yorkshire VC64 and VC65. Non members are very welcome to contribute results too. See the Yorkshire butterfly distribution map that the records contribute to.


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