Michael S. found a pair of flower spikes a few days later about 9 paces from the first one the group of us saw on 18th June.
Then, when I went down to see them with him, I found another. So that’s 4 spikes so far.
I have informed West Yorkshire Ecology, and am in correspondance with the Chief Ecologist at ARUP Consultants for the developer who has planning permission to build over this beautiful green space.
The Ecologist is talking about transplanting and the creation of an “orchid bank”.
Michael has sent me an image of the new spikes he found, but I am unable to attach them to this. I am working on my old desktop as my laptop has broken down. This might mean me being a bit out of touch for a while.
Sorry for the short notice, Folks. I’ve been away in Norfolk.
There is an unscheduled walk arranged for tomorrow evening, that is Thursday 30th June. Leader – me.
Meet for a “Gentle Constitutional” (i.e. a flat walk with no stiles) at Ogden Reservoir. Rendevous at the closed cafe/shop at 7.15pm for a 7.30 start. We will be walking along the shore path. (Not all the way round the res.) Approx return to carpark at 9.00pm. Last time I was there I enjoyed the haunting sounds of 2 species of geese as they came in overhead and gathered for the night on the water. Whatever you think of Canada geese it is a spectacle of nature. The other species? Some may want to do the i.d . for themselves.
(No guarantee both species will be there, but we are sure to hear birdsong, and maybe a few bats will be out.)
Floating pennywort is a highly invasive plant which covers the surface of waterbodies and eventually kills aquatic life as well as being a ‘blockage’ nuisance to water users such as anglers and the boating fraternity. It spreads rapidly and has been recorded in the River Calder and Calder and Hebble Navigation.
This year the Calder and Colne Rivers Trust will take the lead in trying to eliminate Floating pennywort from our catchment area. They will work closely with British Waterways, Environment Agency and others. It is intended that Floating pennywort be sprayed in the summer and autumn with approved herbicide using the latest recommended methodology.
If you are unaware of what this plant looks like information about it can be found at http://www.ceh.ac.uk/sections/wq/documents/24Hydrocotyleranunculoides_000.pdf
Help is needed in identifying where the plant is growing. Please report any sightings to Mike Adams at MAdams7036@aol.com or 01924 275644.
Hugh Firman, Conservation Officer, Calderdale Council
Our next walk is this Saturday June 18th