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Last updated 14 Oct 2016

 

 

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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 asked to make a donation of £2.00 to cover CCG’s insurance costs.
SAFETY NOTE
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.

 

EVENTS CALENDAR 2016

Sat 9 Jan
10.00 - 15.00

Practical Conservation at Cleatop Park Wood Local Nature Reserve
Join us for the day at this local nature reserve. No previous experience needed. We will provide tools and work gloves. The practical work will be light and suitable for a wide range of fitness. Meet at 10.00 at Greenfoot Car Park for a half hour walk from Settle to Cleatop Park Wood. We will be back to Settle for 15.00. The event is run by Craven Conservation Group in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. If you would like further details please contact Dom on 01729 822403 or even better email to dominick@env.leeds.ac.uk.

Wed 13 Jan
19.00

Curry Night at the Rushee Restaurant, Settle
It’s bargain curry evening, bring a bottle and a friend. Please confirm with Pat Higginson by evening of Friday 8 Jan on 01524 251083 (any later replies by email only please by Tuesday 12 Jan to ghigginson@austwick.org).

Mon 25 Jan
19.30

Green Futures Project
Illustrated presentation by David Tayler (YDMT) and Kate Cartmell-Done, Conservation Assistant with Cumbria Wildlife Trust. At Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Mon 22 Feb
19.30

Red Squirrel Conservation in the Yorkshire Dales
Illustrated presentation by Ian Court of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. At Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Sat 27 Feb
09.30

Winter Birds at Leighton Moss
Join David Fisher for a visit to this fabulous RSPB reserve. The length and duration of the outing will depend on the weather. Meet at Settle swimming pool at 09.30 to share transport if convenient or on site at 10.15. Contact David on 01524 261449 to confirm and for further details.

Thurs 3 March
19.30

Planning Meeting
All members are welcome to come along to the Meeting Room at the Friends Meeting House, Settle.

Tues 29 March
19.30

The Ribble Life Project
Illustrated presentation by Harvey Hamilton-Thorpe, Programme Manager with the Ribble Rivers Trust. At Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Sat 2 April
10.00

Geology of the Dent Marble – Field outing to Deepdale
Join Bill Fraser exploring sites connected with the historic ‘Dent ‘Marble’ industry. PLEASE BOOK as people must share transport due to limited parking space. Majority meet at Settle Swimming Pool at 09.00 to share transport.
Meeting point is SD723823 at the summit of the single track road (Thornton Lane) that runs through Kingsdale at the junction with the green lane on the west side of Deepdale.) The walk is highly demanding, total distance is c. 7 miles with some steep, grassy ascents and rough tracks. Bring outdoor clothes suitable for the day and a packed lunch. Contact Tony Moverley on 01729 825464 to book or tony.moverley@gmail.com for further details and to register for the pre-visit information pack from Bill. All welcome -non-members £2.00

Sat 2 April
10.00
Top Twenty Lichens of Horton in Ribblesdale Churchyard Beginners Workshop led by Judith Allinson - Please book. not a CCG event

23 April

10.00am–4.00pm

Yorkshire woodlands - Various speakers, including Professor Melvyn Jones, Tom Lord and Tim Laurie Please book not a CCG Event.

  • Saturday 23 April 10.00am–4.00pm (doors open at 9.45am)
  • PLACE spring conference and walk (Ilkley)

Held in memory of Oliver Rackham. There will be morning talks on topics ranging from relict lime-woods to climate change and forestry; followed by an afternoon walk in Middleton Woods. Joint event with PLACE.

Venue: Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ.

Places: £10, lunch not included. Please send s.a.e. and cheque (payable to 'PLACE'). Contact Margaret Atherden, PLACE Office, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX. email place@yorksj.ac.uk

Mon 25 April
19.30

The Upper Aire Land Management Project
Illustrated presentation by Don Vine, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. At Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Sat 7 May
10.00

Springtime around Bentham
Join David Fisher to explore this lovely area. Meet at Bentham river bridge SD667687. A 5 mile walk exploring woods, meadows and becks. Rocky and uneven ground but without difficult gradients. Contact David on 01524 261449 to confirm and for further details.

Sat 7 May
10.00

YNU Bryophyte Event
Excursion to Holwick, Upper Teesdale (VC 65). All CCG members welcome as an affiliated society of the YNU. Meet at 10:00 am at the Bowlees car park off the B6277 (Grid Reference NY907282).

Sat 14 May
10.30

Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union
Excursion to Swaledale. All CCG members welcome as an affiliated society of the YNU. Meet at Marrick Park (SE091981). Limited parking, turn through gateway on the right as soon as the house gates are reached and park tightly in the agricultural yard.

Wed 18 May 18:30

Evening Walk in Oxenber Woods
Join Roger and Liz Neale for an evening walk enjoying the spring flowers. Singing Redstarts a possibility and other spring migrants to be enjoyed. Meet in Austwick on roadside by bridge over Austwick Beck at SD769682. Feel free to bring a picnic tea! BOOKING ESSENTIAL by phoning Roger and Liz on 01524 241155.

Sat 21 May
10.00

Wild Walk by the Canal
Join Melanie Fryer walking along the Leeds & Liverpool canal and back via a lane and fields. Mostly flat, lane is stony and total distance is about 3 miles. Easy to come back early if necessary, cafe and pub in village on return. Meet in East Marton on A59, parking alongside the village green (SD908508).

Wed 1 June
18.30

Grassland and Invertebrate Conservation on a Ribblesdale Hill Farm
Join Tom Lord at Lower Winskill Farm for a farm walk discovering flowers and insects and catching up on Tom’s conservation work. Rocky and uneven ground but without difficult gradients. Maximum of 20 places, please book with Tony Moverley 01729 825464 -r tony.moverley@gmail.com

This is now fully booked. Please look out for news of a repeat event

Thurs 9 June
19.30

Planning Meeting - Cancelled
( Due to several of the committee being away)

Sat 11 June
10.00

Himalayan Balsam Bash
Join Adam from the Ribble Rivers Trust in controlling this alien invasive plant on Wigglesworth Beck which threatens to move down on to the Ribble SSSI. Wear wellies and be prepared for some nettles. Meet at Settle swimming pool at 09.45 to share transport or at Wigglesworth Hall Farm at 10.00.

Sat 18 June
10.30 - 16.30

Bioblitz at Higher Westhouse
Help Roger and Liz Neale record as much wildlife as possible in their delightful garden. Drop in when you like, drinks provided but please being a picnic. Please call Roger and Liz if you are going. They are at Higher Westhouse, SD678742. Turn right off the A65 (from Settle) by the bus stop. Parking at the house or road nearby.

Wed 22 June
10.30

Canada Wood and upper Settlebeck Gill, Sedbergh – VC65 botanical recording
We’ll use a different route to join Settlebeck Gill higher up and finish last year’s recording. Free street parking at SD655923 on Howgill Lane. The A683 and A684 converge on the outskirts of Sedbergh - from either proceed towards the town centre. A sign for Howgill will be seen - take the left turn indicated into a side street which soon turns sharp right. At the end of this turn left and after a short distance the ‘Peoples Hall’ with its car park and sports ground will be seen on the left. Continue past this to park further along by the concrete railings adjacent to the sports ground. Easy pace but stream crossings required. Height gain will be about 300m depending on progress made. For additional information call Mike Canaway on 01729 823808.

Tues 28 June
18.30

Natural History of the Craven Limeworks
Join Rae Lonsdale, David Fisher and team to explore the unique natural history of the Limeworks site. We will look at the flowering and non-flowering plants that have colonised the area, as well as its geology and working history. The site is between Langcliffe and Stainforth, with motor access under the railway bridge, opposite Fairhurst’s stoneyard. Meet at the top car park SD824662. For further information contact Rae on 01729 822461.

Sat 2 July
10:00

Eldroth Wild Flower Verge - Event Cancelled.

Wed 6 July

the VC 65 botanical recording event at Sedbergh Pastures and Ashbeck Gill slated for Wed 17 August will now take place on Wed 6 July. - as follows:-

Sedbergh Pastures to Ashbeck Gill - VC65 botanical recording
From Sedbergh via field and fell to Ashbeck Gill which runs parallel to Settlebeck Gill.  Gradually ascending through pastures at first, then steep gradients are encountered as we progress higher. About 2km walk-in to the gill. Height gain will be about 250m depending on progress made. . For additional information call Mike Canaway on 01729 823808.

Parking:-The A683 and A684 converge on the outskirts of Sedbergh - from either proceed towards the town centre. A sign for Howgill will be seen - take the left turn indicated into a side street which soon turns sharp right. At the end of this turn left and after a short distance the ‘Peoples Hall’ with its car park and sports ground will be seen on the left. Continue past this to park further along by the concrete railings adjacent to the sports ground

Wed 6 July
18.30

Himalayan Balsam Bash
Join Adam from the Ribble Rivers Trust controlling this alien invasive plant on Wigglesworth Beck which threatens to move down on to the Ribble SSSI. Wear wellies and protective clothing (for nettles). Meet at Settle swimming pool at 18.15 to share transport or at Wigglesworth Hall Farm at 18.30.

Wed 13 July 10.30 – 15.30

Southerscales Discovery Walk
Join Roger Neale for a day’s walk around Southerscales on the slopes of Ingleborough. Stunning limestone scenery and flora. Meet in car park (car sharing would be appreciated) by church in Chapel-le-Dale at SD738771.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL by phoning Roger and Liz on 01524 241155.

Wed 20 July
10.30

Cautley Spout - VC65 botanical recording
This botanical hotspot has been well-recorded in the past but up-to-date records are needed for the 2020 Atlas of the Flora of Great Britain and Ireland. Meet at the Cross Keys Inn 4 miles north of Sedbergh on the A685 at SD698969. Only about 1.5 km each way but very steep gradients and strenuous sections occur with a large stream as a further hazard. For further information contact Mike Canaway on 01729 823808.

Sat 30 July
10.30 - 15.30

The follwing event has been cancelled:- Gisburn Forest – Joint Event with Friends of Bowland - Cancelled

Sat 6 Aug
10.00 – 16.30
Drop in event

Bioblitz at Broadrake Farm (www.broadrake.co.uk)
Come along to find and record as many species as possible at this small 4 acre site, complete with wildlife pond, meadow (under restoration), limestone outcrops, young native trees and lots of grasses, mosses and lichens. Moth traps will be set the previous evening and will be opened at 10.00. Bring a digital camera to record your findings and a picnic to sit and enjoy the views! Broadrake is at SD740792, just a short walk from Ribblehead where there is plenty of parking and circular walk options back to the viaduct. Drop-in event for those on foot, bike or horse.Please call on 015242 41357 if you wish to park at Broadrake, otherwise booking not required.

Wed 17 Aug
10.30

This meeting has been rescheduled for 6 July (See above)

Sat 20 Aug
10.30

Yorkshire Naturalists Union
Excursion to Ingleborough. All CCG members welcome as an affiliated society of the YNU. Meet at Colt Park Barn (SD772778).

Thurs 8 Sept
19.30

Planning Meeting
All members are welcome to come along to the Meeting Room at the Friends Meeting House, Settle.

Sat 17 Sept 10.30

Freshwater Life, In and Out of the Water
Join Sharon and Peter Flint to investigate pools and streams at Ribblehead Quarry.  Meet at 10.30am in the car park at SD765788, up the track on the south side of the road opposite the Station Inn. Joint meeting with Yorkshire Naturalist Union.

Mon 26 Sept
19.30

Bumblebees of the Dales
An illustrated talk about the bumblebees of the Yorkshire Dales and the wildflower habitats that support them by Tanya St. Pierre, YDMT’s Hay Time Officer. The talk will also include how wild pollinators can help increase the abundance and health of your garden crops, and provide tips on how you can encourage these helpful creatures to our gardens. At Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Wed 5 Oct
10.00

Fungus Foray
Join Jane Rushworth and Archie McAdam on a local woodland foray in Oxenber and Wharfe Woods. Moderately challenging walk of about 3 miles, some rough and slippery ground. Meet at Settle pool at 10.00 to share transport. Call Jane on 01729 825997 for further information.

Sat 8 Oct
10.00

YNU Bryophyte Event
Excursion to Caseker Gill near Kettlewell (VC 64). All CCG members welcome as an affiliated society. Meet at 10:00 in the main car park at Kettlewell (SD967722).

Thurs 13 Oct
19.30

Planning Meeting – 2017 Committee
All members are welcome to come along to the Meeting Room at the Friends Meeting House

Mon 24 Oct
19.30

History and Future for Wetlands in Upper Ribblesdale
Illustrated talk by Dr Alistair Headley, consultant ecologist leading restoration work at Swarth Moor. At Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Thurs 24 Nov
19.30

Annual General Meeting
All members are welcome to come along to the Meeting Room at the Friends Meeting House.

Mon 28 Nov
19.30

Members Slides and Images
Townhead Court (across the road from Townhead Surgery) in Settle, entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

Sun 11 Dec

10.00-15.00

Cleatop Park Wood: Day of volunteering at Cleatop . Same setup as normal. Great excuse for mince pies in the wood!

Practical Conservation at Cleatop Park Wood Local Nature Reserve
Join us for the day at this local nature reserve. No previous experience needed. We will provide tools and work gloves. The practical work will be light and suitable for a wide range of fitness. Meet at 10.00 at Greenfoot Car Park for a half hour walk from Settle to Cleatop Park Wood. We will be back to Settle for 15.00. The event is run by Craven Conservation Group in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. If you would like further details please contact Dom on 01729 822403 or even better email to dominick@env.leeds.ac.uk.

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 asked to make a donation of £2.00 to cover CCG’s insurance costs.


SAFETY NOTE

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.

 

 

 

CRAVEN CONSERVATION GROUP EVENTS         Google Calendar - Events Jan-Dec 2016 - This has yet tp be updated -(Also please see list below)

The Craven Conservation Group Google Calendar is a public calendar. If you already have a Google calendar you can add single events to the whole calendar to your Google calendar automatically. For single events - click on the event and then click the Copy to my calendar button on the bottom right of the balloon. For the whole calendar just click the + Google calendar button on the bottom right

 

 

 

 


EVENTS OF OTHER GROUPS

(to Be Updated)


Kirkby Lonsdale Supporters Branch of Cumbria Wildlife Trust - details from 015242 41155

     
     
     
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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

 

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Natural England

Conservation working parties in Craven Conservation Group local area:

Contact John Osborne 07967 971523 for details Volunteering for Natural England The Natural England 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 Natural England 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. .

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Skipton Wildlife Watch Group
(Contact Ann Gill, telephone 01943 830215, for further details. These meets are especially suitable for families and children) Other committee members are at: 01756 796967 and 01756 753176


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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust



Grass Wood Work Party Days
(This is info from 2014 and may need updating in 2016)

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:
For more detail of working party activities, contact:

01756 753056

 

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

For all the dates shown please meet at 09.30 at the Quarry Car Park off Grass Wood Lane (NGR 985652), unless directed otherwise. The location of the work site will be shown on the reverse side of the YWT notice board for those that arrive later in the day.

Regular volunteers are reminded to bring the tools with which they were issued. A limited range of tools can be loaned to irregulars. Robust working clothes, and lunch for a full day (weather permitting), are also required.

The exact nature of the work will depend on conditions, the number of volunteers present, and the results of contractor's activities. More than one working party may be formed on the day, depending upon priorities and opportunities.

All volunteers are asked to be mindful of health and safety issues and our collective responsibility to each other when working. Do not hesitate to ask questions if there are aspects of our work that you would like explained further or that concern you.

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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.
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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
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Plantlife
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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
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Weblinks you may like

Weblinks you may like

Bradford Botany Group

Rainforest-save.blogspot.com - Judith (webeditors) blog on raising money to save wildlife habitats

North Craven Herigate Trust - Good articles in past issues.

North Craven Historical Research Group - Giggleswick Scar Project

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

Conservation and church

Craven Speakers Club, Skipton -

English names of mosses

Friends of Dales Rail

Identifying molluscs- eay online key to garden slugs and snails

Yorkshire Dales National Park Biodiversity Action Plan

Craven District Council Local Biodiversity Action Plan (outside YDNP)

Corio Raptor Care - Providing Care for Sick and Injured Birds of Prey

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.

 

Sites that link to us:

Horon-in-Ribblesdale Parish website

Wharfedale Naturalists





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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