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Membership has been held again to £8-00. In 2018 we had 85 paid up households as members, meaning we have well over 100 individual members.

 

Chicken of the woods

Chicken of the woods. Four CCG members attended the Mid Yorkshire FUngus foray at Austwick Hall on 5 Sept 2018

Westhouse Breccia Stream

CCG at Permian Brockram breccia stream near Westhouse in August 2018

 


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 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 2019

Items in coloured boxes (green yellow or grey) are not CCG events but CCG members generally welcome.

Members of CCG are elligible to attend YNU meetings.

1 Jan

 

BSBI New Year Plant Hunt.

Ox-eye-daisy Settle-ind-Estate

3 Members contributed at Settle, Gargarave, Ingleton (and Ripon). 29 species seen at Settle. See https://nyph.bsbi.org/ and Settle Report
Sat 19 Jan

Event organised by Friends of the Dales: Inspirational Water : Walk to see Hellifield Flashes.

Meet 10:30 am at Hellifield Institute, 1 Main Rd, Hellifield, BD23 4HT - open for coffee morning (& toilets) prior to walk

A morning walk (c2 miles) led by Marion Temple exploring Hellifield village and the Flashes – natural ephemeral ponds offering a haven for birds. This open space is at risk from a proposed complex of holiday chalets to which many, including Friends of the Dales, are opposed. Local campaigners from Save our Craven Countryside will join us. Bring binoculars/camera. Wellingtons or boots/gaiters advisable. Regret no dogs except RAD.

After a break for lunch (pub/cafe) immerse yourself in Streams of Wonder – a beautiful slow-paced film by The Moonbeam Collective. (Small charge for non Friends of the Dales members for the afternoon)

Five CCG members formed part of a group of over 60 Friends of the Dales who visited the flashes - see Judith's pictures of the walk to the flashes
Thur 24 Jan s

Postr for Osprey Talk
Paul Waterhouse
Cumbria Wildlife Trust: Foulshaw Moss and the Ospreys.

At St John's Methodist Church, Church Street, Settle. BD24 9JH

(You can park in the car park beside the petrol garage, walk under the viaduct, ignore the first road on the left, continue straight ahead to the red brick bungalow on the left, turn left and you will see it.),


Entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

44 people enjoyed a fascinating talk
Feb Natural Sciences Forum of YNU - St Chads, Leeds, 10.30-12.30

Date to be confirmed. Sometime between Feb and April 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.

This did not take place
Sometime in February Introductory Practical Indoor Session near Settle using "Poland and Clement- A Vegetative Key to the British Flora" led by Judith Allinson - Contact Webeditor for details and time. With Cheese and Biscuits. If there is demand, more sessions may be held in a following week. This did not take place
Sometime in Spring Introductory Moss Sessions - Sharing Keying out together - Please contact Royanne. Several successful meetings have already been held with c 4 people

Thur 21 Feb

Diane Rollin, C&RT, Daubenton Bats on our Waterways.

The talk will cover the life cycle of bats/physiology/echolocation and
roosts, in particular the Daubenton's Bat which lives on our waterways. 
How are these canal roosts being impacted by light and development?

At St John's Methodist Church, Church Street, Settle. BD24 9JH (You can park in the car park beside the petrol garage, walk under the viaduct, ignore the first road on the left, continue straight ahead to the red brick bungalow on the left, turn left and you will see it.),
Entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

36 people enjoyed learning about bats, especially Daubenton's Bats and the work done to protect them on our Canals. There was lively discussion both before and after the talk.

A big Thank you to Diane.

Thur 21 Mar

Red squirrel talk

Bob Cartwright from Westmorland Red Squirrel Conservation.  Red Squirrel Conservation – how can you help?

At St John's Methodist Church, Church Street, Settle. BD24 9JH (You can park in the car park beside the petrol garage, walk under the viaduct, ignore the first road on the left, continue straight ahead to the red brick bungalow on the left, turn left and you will see it.),
Entrance £3 for non-members and £1 for members. All welcome.

27 people attended the talk and learned the great contribution made by volunteers in enabling Red squirrels to survive andindeed, come back, by reducing the competition from Grey squirrels. If you see a red squirrel around Settle or anywhere in the north of England send your results to www.rsne.co.uk

A big thank you to Bob.

23 March. Start at 10.30am

Spring tidy up at Bank Newton Meadow Project: This is a project which CCG supports. All Volunteers welcome

There are loads of sticks to bag up and some old hedging needs to go on
the habitat piles. There will be some raking and other odd jobs. Bring saws, loppers and work gloves if you have them. Please contact . Melanie Fryer .-to say you are going and to ask fo directions.

NOTE - Alhough orignially scheduled for the whole weekend, the work will now all be done on the Saturday.

There will be No SUNDAY meeting

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Sat 6 April The next YNU conference is being organised in partnership with the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre (NEYEDC).  The conference will take place on Saturday 6th April 2019 in the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, on the topic of new tools and technology for biological recording and conservation. Judith and Terry attended the YNU meeting.
22 April 10.30am

Spring tidy up at Bank Newton Meadow Project: This is a project which CCG supports. All Volunteers welcome

The work party at Bank Newton Meadow is
Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday & Earth Day).

Bank Newton Meadow Work Party: from 10.00 am onwards. Please contact Melanie Fryer .-to say you are going and to ask fo directions.

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27 April 13.45pm

Event: Litter Pick to clear plastic and other rubbish from the Long Preston Floodplain, focused on the River Ribble between Runley Bridge and Settle Junction
Organisers: The Ribble Rivers Trust
Sponsors: The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Long Preston Floodplain Project
Supported by: Settle Churches Together, Settle Anglers’ Association and farmer Richard Maudsley and Craven Conservation Group
Time: 13:45 for a 14:00 start. Finishing approximately 17:00
Meeting place: footpath beneath Runley Bridge (where the A65 crosses the River Ribble) SD809622
Parking: Raines Road or lay-by on A65 near Runley Bridge
Guidance: wear sensible clothing and wellington boots. Gloves, bags and pick-stick will be provided. No dogs allowed (there are sheep in the adjacent fields). Children welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Volunteers will receive a health and safety briefing before the litter pick begins.

For more info, and to volunteer to help please contact Bjorn Blanchard bjorn.blanchard@btinternet.com or admin@ribbletrust https://justicepeacesettle.wordpress.com/

25 people incl. 3 from CCG.
  Follow up visit to Ashes Pasture with Graham Standring Was not arranged with CCG but Judith visited Ashes Pasture with BSBI
Thursday 6 June 10:00 - 16:00 Walk with Roger Neale, Landscape and Wildlife of Upper Kingsdale. Three miles, moderate, steep incline- meet at Bank House for coffee and Car sharing. need lunch, good footwear (plus wellies and torch and hard hat if you have one if entering Yordas Cave) Booking essential; phone Roger on 015242 41155 9 people
Wed 3 July Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group morning visit to Bolton Strid Woods. (membership of the MYFG is still £10). http://www.myfg.org.uk/. If you are interested in going, leaving Settle at 9am please contact Judith Allinson for more details Most MidYorkshire Fungus Groups - Craven Branch are attended by about 10 people including about 3 CCG members

July 10

Morning walk, then meet at 2pm

Meet at 9.00am at Settle Swimming Pool Car Park to share transport (01729 822138) or 11am at Latterbarrow Cumbria Wildlife Trust Reserve with limestone flowers for a walk and picnic LA11 6RH – (SD 440 827)

Then meet at 2pm for guided walk at Foulshaw Moss, LA11 6SN (SD 458 837) Reserve Car Park where we hope to see Ospreys with Nature Reserve Officer Paul Waterhouse.


For more details of event, and to book, phone Roger Neale on 015242 41155.          ALL WELCOME

Poster for visit to cumbria
c. 11 people
7 July Meadow Connection with Tom Lord. Northern Scything Festival
21 July Wildflower and natural history walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal let by Malanie Fryer. Recording plants bees and butterflies,:Melanie Fryer who says: "This time we will start from the Bank Newton Meadow Car Park at 10.30 am.  The walk is on level ground and will take 2-3 hours looking at wild flowers, bees and butterflies.  Last week I was talking to a boater who has done most of the canals in the UK.  He only discovered this spot last year and he says it is his favourite place in the world! "emailMelanie for directions

6 people
Sat 27 July

Yorkshire Naturalists Union Field Meeting - VC65 Excursion to Semerwater - to Semerwater, Yorkshire Dales, grid reference SD918866.  Meeting time 10.30am. If you would like a lift from Settle contact Judith Allinson

Thre will be people there studying a variety of ornganisms -

Several people went early to open the moth trap. For the main day it Rained EXTERMELY hard. T.W. J.A and D.M waded through the dripping wet sedge swamp and had a good morning.
29-30-31 July

Eco Explorers: For families At Lower Winskill Farm, BD24 9PZMon 29, Tue 30, Wed 31 July:    9.30am-1pm   includes picnic lunch
(Also look out for August Wed 28, Thur 29, Fri 30)
 Leave at 9.30 from St John’s Methodist Church to share transport, finish at 1pm after a picnic lunch. 3 half hour workshops in the field, exploring different eco themes, finishing with a gathering session with songs & reflections, and a provided picnic lunch. 
Donation is £1 per person each day (come one day or all three) and places must be booked, either to sally@thewatersons.org Tel 01729 822311 or via www.ctisad.org.uk 

 

See report in Craven Herald.

14 families attended over the three days

Aug 7 10am . Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group Craven Section - meeting at Cliff Castle SEE Picture Report by Judith A. 10 people attended, and we are all v grateful to Archie's reports on the finds.
August 7

Bat Talk and walk at Clapham with Rich Flight. Clapham Village Hall Talk 7.30pm, followed by Walk. poster for bat walk and talk

Below -photo of the evening

bat walk

c 35 people attended this excellent talk and walk
28-29-30 Aug

Eco Explorers: For families At Lower Winskill Farm, BD24 9PZ
9.30am-1pm   includes picnic lunch- Leave at 9.30 from St John’s Methodist Church to share transport, finish at 1pm after a picnic lunch. 3 half hour workshops in the field, exploring different eco themes, finishing with a gathering session with songs & reflections, and a provided picnic lunch. 
Donation is £1 per person each day (come one day or all three) and places must be booked, either to sally@thewatersons.org Tel 01729 822311 or via www.ctisad.org.uk  Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District

c. 12 more families attended plus 3 returnee families.

Judith set up the CCG moth trap which was popular.

She tweeted pics of captured adult Caddis to Sharon

3 CCG members hlped run the event and 1 of the families attending was a CCG family..

6 Sept Mid Yorks Fungus Group visit to Austwick Hall MYFG event not CCG - but see pictures

Sun 8 Sept

from 10am

Work party at Bank Newton meadow. The main work will be raking off the cut grass and moving some plants. There will be another work party the last weekend in October 26/27 on both days. This will be to remove the last of the Blackthorn and make the meadow area clear for hay-time next year. I shall send a reminder for this one. Bring a rake if you have one, a spade, loppers, gloves.

The main work will be raking off the cut grass and moving some plants. Bring a rake if you have one, a spade, loppers, gloves.

4 people

Thurs 19 Sept. 7.30pm

Members Slides Evening. 15 slides maximum each. (preferably 12). Please contact Judith if you would like to show a set.

.. Slides relative to Local Effects of Biodiversity Loss and Local Climate Change as well as world biodiverstiy Loss and World Climate change especially welcome .. Since 20 Sept is Youth Climate Strike Day.

Only c. 16 attended. But those who stayed for coffee afterwards had a lively chat.
22 Sept World Car Free Day

17 Oct

7.30pm

Craven Conservation Group Talk:
Catherine Mercer from YDMT on the Bee Together Project.
The project aims to connect communities and landscapes to reverse the decline of wild pollinators, and in particular wild bees. The project involves coordinating and delivering capital works and activity-based projects along the B-line from Lancaster to Leeds.

Held at St John's Church Settle BD24 9JH

c. 23 attended. It was a fascinating talk
October 26/27 There will be another work party the last weekend in October 26/27 on both days. This will be to remove the last of the Blackthorn and make the meadow area clear for hay-time next year. Bring a rake if you have one, a spade, loppers, gloves. This was cancelled due to bad weather
6 Nov

Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group visit to Black Park/Hill, near Embsay. See report and pictures

Not a CCG event, but attended by 3 CCG members plus 8 others

21 Nov

CCG Talk

CCG Talk by Tom Lord: Caring for Wildlife in an Upland Dales Farm - preceded by very short AGM

posterfor tom lords talk

Held at St John's Church, Settle, BD24 9JH

 

  Interested in Lichens AND live in or near Settle?
Judith Allinson has offered to run a limited number of short introductory lichens sessions for anyone interested at or near their house/garden. Contact Judith if interested. (Only two more offers left for this year)
Diana and Judith Session 1 at Ingleton in Nov
4 Dec 10am Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group visit to Swinsty Reservoir
Thur 5 Dec CCG Committee and Planning Meeting at 7.30pm at Bill and Royanne's House
4 Dec 10am Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group visit to Swinsty Reservoir
  2020
1,2,3,4 Jan New Year Plant Hunt: It is likely that Judith will lead a CCG walk on 1 Jan - but - you can take part in this national event on any 3 hour walk within these four days. BSBI website for 2020 and Past CCG NYPH events: 2019 , 2018 , 2017, 2016, 2015. It is easy to send in results using an app on a mobile phone.
16 Jan
CCG Talk
20 Feb David Hodgson: Farming:Changes in patterns in Malhamdale/Craven over the last 80 years
19 Mar CCG Talk: Tony Serjeant “A week in the life of a Wildlife Conservation
Officer in the Yorkshire Dales National Park”
28 March

The YNU conference will take place on Saturday 28th March 2020 at the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York.  It will be a joint conference with the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre.  The theme will be using biological records for conservation management, with a focus on adaptive management and examples from across Yorkshire.  Further information and booking will appear on the YNU website in due course.

10 Oct 2020 YNU Event and YNU AGM -hosted by Craven Conservation Group, St John's Church Settle BD24 9JH

 

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 2019 - still begin written

(CCG Blue....... YNU Brown)

 

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

Kirkby Lonsdale Supporters Branch of Cumbria Wildlife Trust Click for events - 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:

 

Volunteering for Natural England At Colt Park Barn - usually on Thursdays. Please contact Natural England

See Ingleborough NNR Facebook and Ingleborough NNR Twitter


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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

See Volvox Calendar for details of work at Salt Lake, Southerscales, and and other YWT Reserves

Grass Wood Work Party Days
(This is info 2017)

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

Please first contact: For more detail of working party activities, contact:

Gordon Jackson gordon39@btinternet.com 01756 796967

 

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 Gprdon Jackson

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 instructions below were given several years ago and may or may not still be relevant:-

(Get more details from Gordon)

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- easy 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

YNU






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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