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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 invited to make a donation of £2.00 (children free) 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) are not CCG events but CCG members welcome. Items in pale or medium mauve boxes are online events organised by other organisiatsion. Members of CCG are eligible to attend YNU meetings (pale yellow orange boxes).

Date Event: Links go to details (if upcoming) or report (if past - so far no past events!) Number of people who attended

30 Dec -2 Jan


The BSBI New Year Plant Hunt - takes place in the first four days over the new year every New Year and people contribute from all over Britain.

See our results for CCG for 2022 amongst all the national results here

If you would like to go for an up-to-3 hour walk by yourself where-ever you are in the UK please do so and send results to the BSBI. The phone app works quite well now - or use the link on the computer.

In 2022 five members joined the parish walk at Keasden Head (See pictures),

We think there will be a Parish Walk again this year. Meet at Keasden Head Farm Roadside at 10.30 on on Mon 1 Jan to join the Parish Walk.

- It is a worthwhile walk , though not brilliant for flowers at this time of year. -. We recorded seven species in flower: Hazel, Bittercress, Petty Spurge, Dandelion, Field Speedwell, Annual Meadow-grass, Groundsel

Judith will probably be organising a walk in Settle on one of these days - Do contact her if interested. Or go on one yourself - tell us about one you are organising.

Past CCG NYPH events: 2022 , 2021 (42 species - a record), 2019 , 2018 , 2017, 2016, 2015. It is easy to send in results using an app on a mobile phone.


Sat 13 Jan 10.30-12.30am Action on Climate Emergency Settle Café. St John's Church. Climate Justice: What it is, why it matters. Talk by Izzy MacIntosh – Izzie is the Climate Campaign Manager at Global Justice Now. (Global Justice Now used to be the World Development Movement)
Sometime in Jan CCG Planning Meeting by Zoom. All CCG members welcome 7.30pm. Ask for details  
Wed 17 Jan 4.30pm Friends of the Dales: Online Talk: Access the Dales


Wed 24 Jan 7.30pm

Delightful dippers

Bective Room,Lunesdale Hall, Bective Road, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2BG  Cumbria -Learn about these very special birds of our upland rivers with this talk given by our local expert, Peter Mawby.

26-28 Jan Big Garden Birdwatch - National  

Thur 1 Feb

Meet Settle 10.30am

Joint Craven Conservation Group "Walk for the Climate" with group from Churches Together in Settle.

Foss Gill, Calton, Airton The first of the month walk; also Friends Meeting House and Townend Farm Shop at Airton

See report

Foss Gill

See index to illustrated reports of other 1st of the month walks

Tue 6 Feb Cumbria Wildlife Trust Winter Tree Identification Online talk £3-50  

8 Feb


YNU Online Talk: Tiny Worlds - with Tim Jonas  
15 Feb 7.30pm

CCG talk: By Carly Stevens: Talk on

"Limestone pavements - a secret world under threat"

at St John's Methodist Church Settle BD24 9JH

limestone pavements

All welcome

21 Feb Friends of the Dales Online Talk: Breeding Waders in the Yorkshire Dales - . by Ian Court. You have to book.  
1 March 1st of the month walk. Cancelled. the leader has to leave Settle in the morning and due to the train strike has to go even earlier. . 0
Fri 8 March 2.30pm

Swifts - A talk with exhibits by Tanya and Edmund Hoare from Sedbergh Community Swifts.- Clapham Village Hall

Sat 9 March

YNU Conference at York - organised jointly with CIEEM

YNU conference


Thur 21 March 7.30pm

The Ingleborough Soundscape Project

Dave Melling and Rob Pheasant : Wildlife Sound Recording at Ingleborough (and some at Kingsdale) St John's Methodist Church Settle BD24 9JH



Fri 22 March

URE Connected. 'The story of the Lower River Ure'A one-day seminar hosted by The Lower Conservation Trust - taking place at Fountains Abbey World Heritage Site and LUCT has a superb line up of speakers who’ll be sharing their insights and experience of the history, heritage and habitats of the Lower Ure Valley.  This will include talks about the post-glacial landscape, paleoenvironmental evidence, early human history, post-Medieval/early-modern land management, River Ure migration at Ripon Parks following gypsum collapse, key nature conservation values of the area, with a particular focus on the national importance of the area for Curlew, covered by Mary Colwell. The event is bookable on Eventbrite via this link:

Mon 25 March

Cancelled due to heavy rain all day and moderate wind and 4 degree centegrade forecast - We hope to hold it in early May

Yorkshire's Temperate Rainforests Walk - Lichens (and mosses) on shrubs and rocks near Ribblehead Walk. Led by Judith Allinson - 10.45 - 2pm - Meet at Ribblehead Quarry Nature Reserve (possible to come and leave by train) Please book at Wild Ingleborough. Children accompaied by adults welcome - note it is a 3 mile walk. (1.5 miles there, 1.5 miles back)


1 April


First of the month walk.: Please book - (in case time details are changed) - Walk up Pen y Ghent. Meet near Horton in Ribblesdale Old School. This walk is 6 miles and on uneven gound. Please bring strong footwear and warm waterporrof clothes. Cancelled due to weather
18 April 7.30pm

CCG talk: Shelley Rhodes on Peatlands

Saving our Peatlands

13-21 April

Ground Nest Fest Meeting point Various times and venues around Settle and Ingleborough Date Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 21 April 2024

Wed 1 May Walk to Lord's Wood. Meet at Settle Swimming Pool Car Park at 1.30pm. Bring strong footwear as path uneven. Estimated Duration of walk: 2 hours. If we progress quickly we will walk on the limestone grassland above Lord's Wood, Giggleswick Scar. More details from Judith 8
Sat 11 May YNU Bryology Section - Halton Gill - Meet at 10:00 am in the lay-by at Halton Gill, grid reference SD88067646 3
May 22 5.30-7.30 Cumbria WildlifeTrust。 Explore Barbondale with Liz and Roger Neale Please contact Liz and Roger first. SD656827 2 mile walk. See CWT website  
1 June Sat 1 June: 1st of the month Climate Walk to Malham Tarn Fen board walk - for Craven Conservation Group and Churches Together in Settle and anyone interested. You will be able to recognise the Globeflowers by yourself, but local botanist Judith will be on hand to point our rare plants such as the Fibrous Tussock-sedge (very rare) , the Lesser Tussock-sedge, the Narrow Small-Reed (very rare) , The Common Reed (problem-taking over)  Mare's-tail, Mossy Saxifage, Goldilocks Buttercup, Sundew, Cranberry and several different species of Willow. Bring a packed "coffee break". Please book/contact Judith beforehand.
Meet 9am at the Quarry Car Park. It may be possible to meet at the Swimming Pool Carpark at 8.30am to share transport. Quarry Car Park  See google-maps   SD882671  (On the Malham to Arncliffe Road,  400m before the turnoff to the Malham Tarn Estate)
5 June Eco-explorers for families with chidren aged 4-11: Walk at Malham Tarn Fen. Meet at Quarry CarPark at 4pm for walk 4pm-5.30pm More details from Sally Waterson and Judith Allinson -see 3
22 June

YNU Vice county 64 Field Meeting: Lower Winskill Farm Settle

29 June Len Pasture SSSI. VC65. - YNU Botanical Section with Linda Robinson -  
Sun 30 June 11am - 4pm Explore Staveley Woodlands CTW Nature Reserve See CWT website  
1 July 1st of month Climate Walk:- This has been postponed due to rain forecast form 10amto 4pm.  
6 July Preston-under Scar, Wensleydale; SE076914 - Vice County 65 Field Meeting. If you would like a lif from Settle conatact Judith.  
1 Aug 1st of month Climate Walk:  
Thu 8 Aug 11.30am

Guided visit to Swarth Moor 11:30

Jessica McMaster from the Yorkshire Peat Partnership / Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will lead a guided walk around Swarth Moor SSSI for members of CCG.  Swarth Moor is a raised bog and lagg fen which is being restored to its proper state having been drained for many years.  The visit will include looking at the plants, landscape, history and future of the site and, hopefully, some sightings of dragonflies, damselflies and other wildlife.   

Bring lunch/water/drinks and clothing/kit appropriate for the site and the weather on the day.  Parts of the site are very tussocky and wet so wellies are recommended as are a sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Advance booking is essential because numbers are limited and the event may be cancelled if the weather forecast is too bad.  Contact Judith Allinson before July 20th to book, giving your name and contact phone number: 

email, or tel. 01729 822138, 07950 469545. 

Meet at 11:30am at the free carpark at Hellwith Bridge, grid reference SD 811695.  It’s a very interesting site so let’s hope for a fine day!

1 Sept 1st of month walk  
  Events calendar still being updated  

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 Cumbria Lichens and Bryophytes
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 The North West Fungus Group (Includes Cumbria Lancashire, Cheshire and Clwyd)
Information on fungi
  The Mid Yorkshire Fungus Group

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Weblinks you may like - Judith (webeditor)'s blog on raising money to save wildlife habitats and wildlife activities in Craven

North Craven Heritate 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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