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Speckled-Wood is spreading into Yorks from Lancs
River Wenning 22 Sept 2005


Snails meetings to be arranged.
and possible walk with a group from Bradford
AND tree-planting and other conservation work parties.
If you would like to be contacted about these events please email the web editor

(right: Batrachospermum - a freshwater red alga from a spring at Langcliffe, magnified over 100 times. )

13 Jan
Talk by Don Vine on Wildlife Connections Projects. Don is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust "People and Wildlife Officer" in the Yorkshire Dales. There are projects at Clapham, at Greenhow Hill, a barn owl project in Nidderdale, an otter habitat project in Swaledale, plus Educational work with schools throughout the Dales
£2-00 Non members, £1-00 Members Linton Court Gallery, Duke St. Settle
Wed 19 Jan
7pm( Not 26th )
Curry. If you would like to come please phone John Osborne 07967 971523, preferably by Friday 14 Jan so we can know how big a table to book at Ruchee's at Settle
Sun 30 Jan Bird-watching Trip to Leighton Moss/Carnforth Marsh and Hest Bank. 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.
5 Feb
10 am
Nest Boxes at Castleberg followed by possible trip to Clapham Woods to check nest boxes
Thur 17 Feb
Members' Slides and Computer Pictures. Linton Court Gallery, Duke St, Settle
Sat 5 March

Window 2004 Confernce lunch
YNU Conference: The Biodiversity of Parks and gardens.

The Swallow St George Hotel, Harrogate

(above mallard flying round the roof window. Right--Lunch last year!!!! See why some of us enjoy going. Numbers limited so book early)

7 March
Planning Meeting Horton Quarry Community Centre. All CCG members welcome.
March Tree Planting/Practical Conservation Event - date to be fixed
19 March Postponed
Walk to Pen y Ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale via Hull Pot and Hunt Pot. Meet at 10.15am Horton in Ribblesdale Car Park. (The train is supposed to get in at 10.07 am) POSTPONED Details may appear later

8 May 4.30am

Dawn chorus walk at Ingleton Glens
Walk with John Osborne up the River Twiss to Pecca Falls and Thornton Force, then round and back via the river Doe. (5 miles total). Meet at the Ingleton Glens car park (SD693733). Contact John for further details on 07967 971523.

Sun 15 May 4.30 a.m. Dawn chorus walk at Ingleton Glens
Walk with John Osborne up the River Doe to Beezley Falls, and time permitting, round back down via the Twiss (5 miles). Meet at the Market Place Ingleton SD 695 733 . Please contact John Osbourne beforehand on 07967 971523 after 5pm. (Note this notice replaces the original one which said meet at the entrance to the Ingleton Glens Waterfalls Walk). All are welcome. (But no dogs please).
18 May 6.30pm Natural History Walk in Greta Woods. Meet at the Car Park opposite the Recreation Ground in Burton in Lonsdale. Led by Bev Sim. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool Car Park at 6pm to share lifts. (Details: 01539 730524)
Thur 26 May
Wildflower Walk - Ribblehead Quarry, Viking Farmstead and Globeflower bank
Sun 12 June Mossy Saxifrage June 2004 at Malham Tarn EstateJune 2004 at Malham Tarn EstateNational Trust Open Day at Malham Tarn

We plan to go to this event as a group. There are guided tours of the house at 12, 2 and 3pm but you have to book these. There are guided walks round the estate from 12 till 4. This time of year really is a brilliant time of year to see the fen as the northern marsh orchids are out. There is an entrance fee of £2-50 (unless you are a member of the National Trust). Last year their were extra events laid on for children.
Meet at 11.30am at Settle Swimming Pool Car Park to share transport. Bring a packed lunch.

Wed 15 June
Settle 6pm
Ch le Dale 6.30pm
Wild flower and Natural History limestone walk
To Southerscales with Roger Neale, followed by walk on English Nature's "Limestone Walk" Route. Meet at 6.30pm at or 6.30pm at Settle Swimming Pool Car Park to share transport.
July 5
Attermire Local Nature Reserve
Wildflower Walk to Attermire on 01729 823808 See Mike Canaway..

Sun June 26
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
Sun 10 July

Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire Branch meeting led by Terry Whitaker at Swarth Moor Nature Reserve, Helwith Bridge, Target spp: SBF, SH, LS, MB, R. Meet SD810694 at Helwith Bridge Car Park. Details: Wellington boots ESSENTIAL Contact 015242 62269

Mon 11 Jul 7.30pm 2005

Planning Meeting/Committee Meeting
At the Horton Quarry Meeting Room. All members welcome

Please note the day is Monday 11 (Not Wed as written earlier on the website)

Fri 22 - Sun 24 July

3-day meeting of YNU at Malham Tarn Field Centre. This will be the Vice County 64 meeting.

Members of CCG are entitled to attend all or part of this, as we are affiliated to the YNU but everyone has to pay Field Centre Rates, even if only attending during the day.

£40-00 per night,
£18 per day (includes evening meal)
£10 per day (no meals)

One really needs to be a specialist to go on one of these weekends, or at least be prepared to latch on to a specialist (with a whole range of specialities to latch on to)

31 July Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire Branch - Visit to Scar Close NNR, on the side of Ingleborough. Target species: DGF, NBA, CB. Meet 10.30am SD 810694, SD 745776 Roadside Parking by B6255 (150m north of Hill Inn). Rough Ground. Stout footwear or boots essential. Contact Terry Whitaker beforehand 015242 62269

Possible Ragwort Pulling Day at Winskill Stones
Cinnabar Moth - enlarged - at Lord's Pasture 5 Aug 2004 You can read the new DEFRA book on management of ragwort at

If ragwort is bad we'll have a ragwort pulling day, but last year there was None so it is likely there will not be much this year either.
(Right is pictured a cinnabar moth caterpillar at Lord's Pasture in 2004)

Well the ragwort is not too bad, so we don't need to have a pulling session


Aug 24
KEASDEN - Evening walk on the moor to see the marsh gentians (hopefully). Meet in the layby opposite the church (SD 724666). For further details or difficulties with transport contact Helen Sergeant 01729 860379.
Aug 25 DEADLINE for the next CCG newsletter, get your articles and photos to Dave!
Sep 3

LANDFORM WALK IN KINGSDALE from the Terminal Moraine to Yordas Cave. Led by Roger Neale. Meet at 10a.m. at the Neale's home at Bank House, Higher Westhouse (SD 677742) to organise transport. Bring packed lunch and the usual outdoor
clothing and footwear. Bring torch and wellies if you would like to enter Yordas Cave. For further information contact Roger on 015242 41155.

Sep 3 and 4 Sept 3rd and 4th. KEASDEN - conservation work clearing the pond on Keasden Moor. Joining with the BTCV. For further information contact John Osborne 07967971523.
Thur 6 Oct Limestone Country - People and Wildlife. At the friends Meeting House, Settle (opposite Victoria Hall) A talk and show from Paul Evans of English Nature and David Tayler of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust on joint local projects based on Ingleborough which recently received a European Award. Members £1-00, non-members £2-00 . Right: some of the cattle involved in the project
15 October We will join the YNU bryological section in Littondale. (i.e. go for a walk to look for mosses and liverworts). Meet at Litton at 10.30am. If you would like a lift from Settle contact Judith Allinson
Sun 23 Oct Tree planting at colt Park with english Nature. Meet at Colt Park Barn at 10.00am or contact John Osborne on 07967 971523 if you need collecting from Settle swimming pool or Ribblehead Station. If you have not been on an EN conservation work day before, it is necessary that you contact John beforehand for insurance purposes. Bring waterproofs,boots,packed lunch, and make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date.
6 Nov Second tree planting days on the Ingleborough National Nature
Reserve at Colt Park in conjunction with English Nature. Meet at
Colt Park Barn near Ribblehead at 10 a.m. or contact Mr John Osborne
on 07967 971523 if lifts are required from either Settle swimming
pool or Ribblehead station. For new volunteers it is necessary to
contact Mr Osborne beforehand to meet insurance requirements. Please
bring waterproofs, boots and a packed lunch and ensure that tetanus
immunisation is up-to-date.
Tue Nov 8
7.30pm 2005
Planning Meeting for 2006 Events
At Horton Quarry Meeting Room
Thur 17 Nov 7.30 An Island Odyssey. A talk and show by Robin Sutton of the Field Studies Council at Malham Tarn Field Centre , Settle
21 Nov 7.30 AGM and Members slides at Linton Court Gallery, Settle
Sat March 4th 2006

The Yorkshire Coast YNU Conference 2006 - The Swallow St George Hotel Harrogate

June 2006  Moughton meet on Crummack Lane SD 772697 by foot or at 10.30am at Settle to share transport. Mike Canaway 01729 823808


Kirkby Lonsdale Supporters Branch of Cumbria Wildlife Tust

Wed 23 Feb 7.30pm Wood Ants Talk by John Whitaker of Lancaster University. At Kirkby Lonsdale Institute which is between Booths Car Park and the Market Place
Wed 23 March Coastal Wild Flowers by Duncan Jeffray Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Wed 6 April Proposed walk to Arnside Knott Times to be arranged

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)

Sat 8 January: Birdsong Event: Tapes, games and activities. Water Street School, Skipton

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Grassington Coffee Morning Sat 19 Feb 2005 - 10.00am - 12.00 noon
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

  Jan Feb March
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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 2005 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. Also see Grasses courses led by J.A. 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

Conservation and church

Craven Speakers Club, Skipton


English names of mosses

Moss Pictures - D.A. Callaghan

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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