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Bilberry -voted county flower for the Leeds  area (West Yorkshire) On May 5th Plantlife anounces the results of the County flowers competition. Find out which plant has been voted as your county flower.

On average, every county in the UK is losing one species of wild plant every year due to habitat loss, pollution and intensive farming.

Bog Rosemary - now extinct in West Yorkshire countyLeft: Bog Rosemary one of 66 native species that has become extinct in county of West Yorkshire. It still survives in a few places in Crvan in N Yorks including at Malham Tarn Moss.

Harebell won the most votes for Yorkshire as a whole.


Tue 27 Jan
Butterflies at Malham Tarn. Dr Terry Whitaker, who gave a talk at the Research Seminar at Malham Tarn in November will tell us about changes in the the butterfly polulations at Malham Tarn (including the arriva of new species). (This Talk is slightly provisional, as we are waiting to confirm that we have access to a digital projector)
£2-00 Non members, £1-00 Members Linton Court Gallery, Settle
Thur 29 Jan
6pm - 7.15
Introduction to Using Keys for Identifying Wild flowers. This is an easy introductory session. Free To be held at St John's Methosdist Church Hall, Settle This is an introductory session for people who would like to start to teach themselves about wildflowers. It is for near or complete beginners. Poster  
Sat 31 Jan
Identifying trees in Tot Lord Wood, (and extension to Castleberg if time allows) One hour Bitesize walk. Come and get a taster of how to identify trees in winter by their bark, shape of tree and winter buds. And look out for other signs of wildlife too.
Wed 4 Feb
Curry. If you would like to come please phone John Osborne 07967 971523, preferably by Friday 30 Jan so we can know how big a table to book at Rushdie's
Sun 8 Feb
10 am
Conservation Workparty with English Nature: Tree planting/Juniper Planting Details Meet at Horton in Ribblesdale Station. Please phone John Osborne beforehand on 07967 971 523 after 5pm All tools and work gloves will be provided and local travel expenses can be claimed. Please bring packed lunch and waterproofs.
Sun 15 Feb
Marshside, Southport - Bird Watching Trip led by Gerald Light. Meet Settle Swimming Pool to share transport. Please bring waterproofs, boots or waterproof shoes and a packed lunch. Details from 01756 753720
Thur 26 Feb
"The spread of deer locally in recent years" Presentation by Bill Mitchell. Members £2, Non-members £1-00
Sat 28 Feb 2004
YNU Conference: at The Swallow St George Hotel, The Humberhead Levels: The value to biodiversity in wetness. Please contact Terry Whitaker 015242 62269 if you would like a lift.
Sun 7 March Tree Planting
10 am
Conservation Workparty with English Nature. Details Meet at Entrance to Leeds University Bungalow, off Alum Pot Lane, Selside. Contact John Osborne beforehand 07967 971 523
8 March
Planning Meeting Horton Quarry Community Centre. All CCG members welcome.
Thur 25 March
Talk by Paul Bradley on "The native White Claw Crayfish in Ribblesdale and Malham Tarn" Non members £2-00 Members £1-00
Thurs March 25 7.30pm
 White Clawed Crayfish in Ribblesdale
At Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle. Presentation and update on the status of the population by Paul Bradley. Members £1, non-members £2.
Sun 4 April 10.15am Ingleborough Ramble
Walk with John Osborne and Dave Tayler exploring the limestone scenery of Ribblesdale and Chapel-le-Dale Nature Reserves. This is a 6-mile strenuous walk taking in Brae Pasture, South House Moor and Ridge, Scar Close, Gauber Viking Longhouse, Ribblehead Nature Reserve and Station. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool to share transport at 9.30 or the Horton Station at 10.00. Please bring waterproofs, boots and a packed lunch. Contact John Osborne for details

Sun 25 April
Archaeology and Glaciology walk
At Malham Lings
with David Johnson. Meet at Street Gate(SD 905 657). Phone 01729 822915 for details.
Sun May 9th 4.30am
Dawn chorus walk at Ingleton Glens
Walk with John Osborne up the River Twiss to Pecca Falls and Thornton Force. Meet at the Ingleton Glens car park (SD693733). Contact John for further details on 07967 971523.

Sun May 16th 4.30 a.m Dawn chorus walk at Ingleton Glens
Walk with John Osborne up the River Doe to Beezley Falls. Meet at the Ingleton Glens car park (SD693733).
Sat May 22 10am Cleatop Local Nature Reserve
Celebrate the designation of this new Local Nature Reserve on a Natural History walk with group members and National Park staff. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool to share transport. Contact Dave Tayler for further details.
May 22 21.15pm And… 21.15pm National Moth Night
Meet at the Ribblehead Nature Reserve (SD 766 788). Contact Terry Whitaker for further details on 015232 62269
Wed May 26 6.30pm Natural History walk
With Judith Allinson at Brocklands Woodland Burial site near Rathmell. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool. Contact Judith Allinson for further details

Th June 10
Natural History walk
At the Hoffmann Kiln and Craven Lime Works, Langcliffe. Meet at the Hoffmann Kiln. Contact Dave Tayler for further details.

Mo June 28
Attermire Local Nature Reserve
Celebrate the designation of this new Local Nature Reserve on a Natural History walk with group members and National Park staff. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool at 6.30 to share transport. Contact Dave Tayler for details on 01729 825953.

4 July
Winskill Stones Nature Reserve thistle bash
Equipment will be supplied, just bring personal kit and a packed lunch if staying for the whole day, all help appreciated. Contact Gerald Light on 01756 753720
Sat 10
& Sun 11 July 10.00am

English Nature Ingleborough Reserves
Joint event with BTCV doing thistle and ragwort control using ''Lazy Dog'' equipment. Meet at Ribblehead Station. Usual English Nature requirements and equipment. Contact John Osborne for details.

Wed July 14th 7.30pm Committee Meeting
At the Horton Quarry Meeting Room. All members welcome
Sun July 18
1 pm (NOT 10.00am as previously stated)
Exploring Pen-y-Ghent Gill
Meet at Stainforth car park at 1.00p.m., or alternatively at the entrance to Hesleden Farm on the Halton Gill - Arncliffe Road (SD 891 749) at 1.30p.m. to walk up the lower part of Penyghent Gill. We have arranged permission for this. The Gill is now an SSSI. In particular we shall be hoping to record butterflies as these are under-recorded in this 10km square. There is an area of rock rose in the Gill where we hope to see the Northern brown argus. For further details etc please contact Helen Sergeant 01729 860379.
Sun Aug 15 10am
CANCELLED: Winskill Stones Nature Reserve ragwort bash

Cinnabar Moth - enlarged - at Lord's Pasture 5 Aug 2004 Inspection of the site at the end of July showed that there is not enough ragwort to pull!!! Our work over the last two years, and the current management regime has reduced the ragwort considerably. Contact Gerald Light on 01756 753720
Thank you if you were planning to come!!

A survey of nearby Lord' Pasture in Giggleswick revealed cinnabar moth caterpillars at work.

You can read the new DEFRA book on management of ragwort at

Thur Sep 23 7.30pm Local wildlife
At Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle. Slide show and talk by Brian Shorrock of Craven Conservation Group. Members £1, non-members £2.

Tue Oct 19
English Nature Reserve Management
At Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle. Slide show and talk by John Osborne of Craven Conservation Group and English Nature on the conservation schemes on the Ingleborough Reserves. Members £1, non-members £2.

Tues Nov 9 7.30pm Planning Meeting for 2005 Events
At Horton Quarry Meeting Room
Sun Nov 14 9.00am
Bird watching trip to Morecambe Bay
(High Tide is 12 midday)
With Gerald Light. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool to share transport. Please bring waterproofs, boots or waterproof shoes and a packed lunch. Further details from Gerald on 01756 753720.

Nov 22 7.30pm AGM and Members slides at Linton Court Gallery Settle
Sat March 5th 2005
The biodiversity of Parks, Gardens and associated built environment YNU Conference 2005 - The Swallow St George Hotel Harrogate

  For Next Year's events see next webpage but please note all events there are currently provisional

Feb/March 2006
YNU COnference 2006 The Yorkshire Coast The Swallow St George Hotel - Harrogate



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

English Nature
Conservation working parties in Craven Conservation Group local area:
Contact John Osborne 07967 971523 for details Volunteering for English Nature The English Nature team at Ingleborough National Nature Reserve are welcoming volunteers on certain dates. Practical activities will include vegetation management, tree planting, dry stone walling and fencing. Meet at Colt Park Barn at 9.00 am or contact John Osborne if you need collecting from Settle swimming pool or Ribblehead Station. Please note you must be registered with English Nature for insurance purposes and that travel expenses will be paid to volunteers. Please Contact John Osborne 07967 971523 beforehand for any of the meetings.

By PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY It is also possible to meet at Settle Swimming Pool Car Park half an hour earlier than the stated times

If you have not been on a conservation work day before, it is doubly necessary that you contact John beforehand for insurance purposes.

Contact John Osborne 07967 971523 for details. Bring waterproofs, boots, packed lunch, and make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date. .

Skipton Wildlife Watch Group
(Contact Ann Gill, telephone 01943 830215, for further details. These meets are especially suitable for families and children)

April 4th Doing things in the Wilderness
May 9th Joint meeting in Lothersdale
June 13th Embsay Nature Reserve
July Joint meeting at Malham Tarn
September Badger watch
October 3rd Kilnsey Park
November 6th Craven Museum
December 4th Making seasonal things at Craven College

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Grassington Coffee Morning Sat 19 Feb 2005 (Provisional date)
9.00 - 12.00
Church House, Grassington. on the Square.

Grass Wood Work Party Days
Work parties at Grass Wood (grid ref. SD 985652) Meet at the reserve car park.  Bring gloves and a flask of coffee. We will be doing general maintenance jobs. 
Meet at 9.30am

New Volunteers welcome. Please first contact: Chris Alder oy Ellis Tinsley 01756 792338

  Oct Nov Dec
Sat 216301327 11
Wed 620 317115
  Jan Feb March
Sat 152912261226 
Wed 519 216 21630

The YWT Grass Wood Management committee is also looking to add a few names to the list of volunteers who warden the wood during summer weekends. If you are interested, please contact Chris Alder

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. Events for Summer 2004 should appear at this link eventually 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). Malham is 7 miles from Settle. It is usually possible to attend these courses as a day student. Highly Recommended as a holiday. See Also Courses at Kindrogan Field Centre in Scotland

Fungi Links
See also the websites of
The Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group
The North West Fungus Group (Includes Cumbria Lancashire, Cheshire and Clwyd)
Information on fungi

CCg members: Have you filled in your Parish Mapping Forms yet? Download a form here. Even if those of us on email send in just three records each, that would give well over 100 records.

There are forms for flowers, birds, mammals and habitats: bluebells, ivy covered walls, short eared owls...

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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