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Malham Tarn



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 omvoted to make a donation of £2.00 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 yellow) are not CCG events but CCG members generally welcome Members of CCG are eligible to attend YNU meetings.

Date Event: Links go to details (if upcoming) or report (if past) Number of people who attended

1 Jan


BSBI New Year Plant Hunt - See our results amongst all the national results here

1. Members of CCG joined the Parish Walk to Keasden Head. We recorded seven species in flower: Hazel, Bittercress, Petty Spurge, Dandelion, Field Speedwell, Annual Meadow-grass, Groundsel

2. Judith Allinson and Angela Barton surveyed part of Settle on 4 Jan, and recorded 20 species. Significantly fewer plants were in flower this year compared to last year.

Past CCG NYPH events: 2019 , 2018 , 2017, 2016, 2015. It is easy to send in results using an app on a mobile phone.


5 at Keasden

2 at Settle.

Two other members took part elsewhere

Th 20 Jan 7.30pm

Kay Andrews, Limestone Lepidoptera Project Officer: “The Yorkshire Dales Limestone Lepidoptera Project”

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 pay back membership.
Leoidiotera poster

c. 25 attended

Craven Herald report

Tue 1 Feb 2pm

Join "Walk for the Climate" with group from Churches Together in Settle. meet 2pm. at Giggleswick vicarage BD24 0AP - (bottom of Belle Hill and turn left - It's almost straight ahead of you). We will walk to Close Farm, to Giggleswick Station (possible option of lift back here) or keen ones can continue along Swaw Beck Lane to the bypass then back by the Ribble

I have written abut the geology, the lichens and other plants of the first 1/4 mile if the footpath up the hill towards Giggleswick Chapel here

We will take the path that starts on Raines Road, just north of Castleberg Hospital and walk up the Hill to the corner of Giggleswick Chapel area then on to Close Farm near the bypass then to Giggleswick Station (1 1/2 miles). I or someone will leave a car there in case some people want a lift back. We then may go down the Lane beside Swaw Beck then onto the bypass briefly and back by the River Ribble (another 1 1/2 miles)

Email if you have questions

Fri 4 Feb Online: YNU discussion meeting on Recording in Yorkshire's Reserves led by Alastair Fitter. See  
Th 17 Feb

13: Thur 17 Feb: Craven Conservation Group Illustrated Talk: on Ingleborough National Nature Reserve: 

Ingleborough NNR, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation, has recently been enlarged and the Wild Ingleborough Project is doing exciting work to restore its iconic landscapes and increase species diversity.
Andrew Hinde, Natural England Reserve Manager:
➢ how the whole reserve is managed
➢ the Selside wood pasture experiment
➢ the new “no-fence” grazing system for sheep and cattle
➢ woodland restoration through tree planting and natural regeneration

Dominic Spracklen, University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment:
➢ monitoring vegetation types and species diversity ➢ carbon storage
➢soil-health ➢ the microclimate ➢water levels
Contribute your ideas to help refine the monitoring plan - St John’s Methodist Church, Church St, SETTLE, BD24 9JH
Entrance: non-members: £5; members: £1 Poster for Ingleborough-talk

42 people

Tue 1 March.


Join "Walk for the climate" with group from Churches Together in Settle. to Helwith Bridge. Meet 12pm at Settle Parish Church for pancakes, then share transport do Helwith Bridge. Or Helwith Bridge Public Car park (opposite side of road to the Hotel) at 1pm. We will be walking on the relatively dry path round the edge of the Bog, not on the bog itself. Bring hiking boots. See pics of the route taken in October  
5&6 March
Open Garden at Roger and Liz Neale's, at Bank House, Far Westhouse. -in Aid of Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Please phone to book. March 5th 6th and April 23rd, 24th  from 12noon to 4 p.m. 015242 41155 for more info and to book

Thu 17 Mar

Poster for Ferns talk


1 Apr 1st Day of the month walk for the climate: to Penyghent, Starting from Horton in Ribblesdale Old School, via Hunt Pot 9 people

Sat 22 Apr


Ribble RiverbankLitter Pick River Ribble, South of Settle

All equipment provided, please bring your own gloves if you have them. Families welcome.Wellies or boots recommended.Sign up on TicketTailor: ents/ribbleriverstrust/682392

Sa&Su 23 & 24 Apri Open Garden at Roger and Liz Neale's, at Bank House, Far Westhouse. Iin Aid of Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Please phone to book from 12noon to 4 p.m. 015242 41155 for more info and to book  
1 May 1st Day of the Month Walk - (A short walk this time: It will include and follow the lambing service to be held at New Houses Farm near Horton at 3pm. (Note Judith A will not be there) It will be led by Revd Stephen Dawson.  
7 May

YNU Bryphytes Section visit to Rawthay Bridge near Sedbourgh


4 members of CCG

See pics - This blogpost has already had 475 hits.

11 May

- Not a CCG event - but CCG members welcome - Please book, and it costs £20 - Introduction to Lichens workshop 6-9pm at St Mary's Church, Embsay" led by Judith Allinson Details

Two events were held on that day due to demand.

21 May

YNU Field Excursion to Jervaux Abbey Estate.

Interested? Contatct Judith to share transport

c30 people at the event of whom 2 were CCG members
1 June 1st Day of the Month Walk for the Climate- Colt Park 5 See pictures
1 July

Malham Tarn Fen. 1.5 hour walk (possibly followed by a 1 hour walk up the hill nearby for a view) - . Meet at the Quarry Car Park at 3pm (SD88286717) on the Malham-Arncliffe Road, Just south of the entrance to Malham Tarn. Or By prior arrangement only for lift sharing meet at Settle Methodist Church Car Park at 2.30pm.

Malham Tarn Fen is an SSSI and National Nature Reserve - Judith will point out some of the special and rare plants that grow on it that can be seen from the board walk at this time of year.

See Pictures
1 Aug

1st Day of the month walk - 2pm-5pm. Lifts can be arranged from Settle for those who need transport.


Malham Tarn

We climbed the field next to Chapel Field until we had a good view of the Tarn, Moss and towards Ilkley Moor beyond. We sang On Ilkley Moor, and talked about peat formation and loss. We walked round the Fen and saw over 6 lizards again.

14 (8 CCG members plus 2 potential new, plus 3)
14 Aug

YNU VC 64 visit to Humberstone Bank Farm. This farm is on the fast road between Fewston reservoir and Greenhow. It is owned by Yorkshire Water.

Read about the visit here.

YNU group Aug 2022

heather humberstone


c.20 YNU members attened of whom 4 were CCG membrs
Aug Survey near Keasden 5 (+6 non CCG)
Thur 25 Aug

CCG Planning Meeting - Small Meeting Room, St John's Church 7.30pm

Fri 26 Aug Botanical survey of Grassland with Wild Ingleborough / Natural England near Selsside: four members of CCG attended this 4

1 Sept


1st Day of the month walk : c 2.5 hours. Walk at Rathmell Common - near Wham (3 miles from Giggleswick station) :. We will meet at Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH at 3pm to share transport and drive there. - A good time of year for moorland plants and autumn fruit.

Read report here

5 (+2 Non members)
24 Sept

Option of a CCG Stall at "Let's talk Rubbish Day" at St John's Church -

We did not make use of this option.

1 Oct 1st Day of the month walk: Scalebar followed by Upper Settle Childrens swings park, followed by Parish Churchyard Tree survey walk 5
Thur 20 Oct 7.30pm

The World Biodiversity & Climate Change Crisis -  Settle at the centre and what we can do about them

Talk and discussion led by Kate Jennings - Policy Officer for RSPB
& short talk on COP 26 &COP 27 by Stephen Whitfield of Leeds University.

COP 15 (7 - 19 Dec - Montreal - Biodiversiy)
COP 27 (6 - 18 Nov - Climate -Egypt)

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

Kate Jennings deals with upcoming issues of national and world conservation importance (in her job for the the RSPB) and will tell us about those issues currently hitting the headlines, and those about to hit the headlines.

We are privileged that both our speakers, working in these international fields live in Settle!!!

poster for meeting


1 Nov 1st Day of the month walk : Meet at Settle Methodist Church Car Park at 2pm. Location: giggleswick Golfcourse looking for waxcaps. 2
Thur 10 Nov

CCG AGM 7.30pm and Members Slides and Talks evening.


1 Dec. 1pm

1st Day of the month walk : Meet at Clapham outside the Sawmill Cafe at 1pm at the entrance to the Nature Trail walk by the Lake. We will walk up to the cave and come back at quarter to 4 in time for a cup of tea at the Cafe.

(If you would like to share transport from Settle contact or Judith Allinson.

Click here and you can see the write up of our CCG fungus foray here on 15 Oct 2011 - eleven years ago! - led by Jane Blinkhorn and JA
I suspect the weather will not be quite as sunny on Thursday and we are 6 weeks later into the year - so bring warm clothing.. but I do hope we find a few waxcaps, even if not the ten on Jane's list.


Events of 2023 will be written and posted when the 2023 webpage is written


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 Craven Naturalists and Scientific Society.
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 Upper Wharfedale Field Society
  The North West Fungus Group (Includes Cumbria Lancashire, Cheshire and Clwyd)
Information on fungi

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Weblinks you may like - Judith (webeditors) blog on raising money to save wildlife habitats

North Craven Herigate 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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