The walk was led by Linda through intermittent light rain and sunny spells up the clough to the reservoir and back.
Very few birds were seen or heard due to the rain and noisy stream. However we did have a dipper near the car park. Others included swallow, swift, pied wag, black bird, wren, robin, meadow pipit, skylark and Canada goose.
Steve fossil hunting in one of the shale beds.
Over the last year or two I have noticed that local Alder trees have been looking very thin in leaf area. This year again many are looking nearly dead, with very few leaves showing. There is a phytopthera disease that has been killing Alders throughout the country. Has anyone else noticed any problems?
A reminder that the next talk at the Halifax Scientific Society is this Tuesday May 10th at the Central Library Halifax at 7:15pm.
I saw a Water Shrew
I was surprised how big and loud they are. As far as I know the nearest record is a few mile away in Bradford.
In Calderdale-WN (Yahoogroups.com) (messages 1596 to 1602) various members mention water shrew in Calderdale and the possibility of updating the map. The NBN gateway map is still not updated with local records. Perhaps Colin or Hugh could once again badger WYEcology.
My record is at SE 08466 29677 on 21/4/2011