Monthly Archives: July 2011

Walk this Thursday August 4th

There will be an evening walk this Thursday to Oats Royd NR, Holmfield.
Meet at the Junction of School Lane and Riley Lane for an easy pleasant walk to this Nature Reserve. We will try to relocate the Helleborine. Easy parking. Meet @ 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm start. NOTE all evening walks in August will start at 7:00 pm
Parking Map

2011-07-30T09:57:00+01:00July 30th, 2011|0 Comments

Sunny Vale

There will be a walk this Thursday to Sunny Vale 28th July 2011 Map

Meet in Halifax Old Road, Hipperholme (the road behind the pet store west of the lights) at 7:15pm for a 7:30 start for a walk to Sunny Vale.

2011-07-25T20:55:00+01:00July 25th, 2011|0 Comments



Eight people turned out for the gentle walk around Cromwell Bottom (part way round only) tonight.
The orchid we think is broad leaved helleborine was at its best. There were 11 spikes, from small to about 50cm.
The Yellow Birds Nest (Monotropa) was also flowering and had about 20 spikes. This is a saprophytic plant, containing no green chlorophyll.
The Round leaved Wintergreen was also in full flower.
Unfortunately the Common Twayblade which we have known from there in good quantity at this time of year was not showing at all.

2011-07-21T22:49:00+01:00July 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Tree disease getting closer

Following the Phytopthera ramorum (known as Sudden Oak Death) in Rhododendrons at Shibden last year, there has been an outbreak of this tree disease in the Peak district this year.

Today, the Forestry Commission have said 25 acres of Larch trees will have to be felled at Churn Clough on the slopes of Pendle Hill because they have been found to be infected. These are the only outbreaks in England to occur outside the South West and the FC expect more will be found.

Although (so far) our native oaks have not been found suceptible, it seems Bilberry and other heathland plants are at great risk.
Rhododendron ponticum is a sporulating host for this disease and it should be a great worry that our area has lots of this plant. I am surprised the government hasn’t made it a priority to fund removal of this pest before the Ramorum affects our moors.

2011-07-21T10:12:00+01:00July 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Evening Walk

I am leading a gentle walk to Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve this Thursday 21st July to see whatever we can find, but especially plants. We will be going to Newt Corner, then back via the canal bank, without going round the whole of Brookfoot Loop.

Meet at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The walk will be about 1.5 to 2 hours.
Meeting place, the Anglers’ Car Park, behind Cromwell House. (Brick building with clock on the Elland-Brighouse road.)

All welcome.

2011-07-19T08:34:00+01:00July 19th, 2011|0 Comments

Lister Lane Cemetery (link) Sunday 17th July 2011
There will be a gentle walk to the Lister Lane cemetery, Halifax this Sunday July 17th. This site is packed with wildlife and is open to the public (see link for times). Meet outside Calderdale College, Francis Street at 12 noon until 3pm for a stroll around the site. Easy parking.

2011-07-15T19:42:00+01:00July 15th, 2011|0 Comments

Tree Sparrows & Swallows

Still some nesting activity on the barn at Woolrow, Brighouse today.
One bird appeared to be removing a fecal sac, and another seemed to be taking more nesting material in through the gaps in the stonework.
Also a few House Sparrows mingling with the T S’s.
Plus, over 50 Swallows were disturbed by a couple of Kestrels hunting nearby.

2011-07-14T19:47:00+01:00July 14th, 2011|2 Comments

Cromwell Bottom last week

One of the Mint species
Thanks to Charlie and Philip – these appear to be Nail Galls

Shield Bug, Possibly Pentatoma rufipes ???
Common Spotted Orchid

We had a visit to Cromwell Bottom and found Spotted Orchids and an unidentified plant of the Mint family also the shield bug possibly Pentatoma rufipes, If anyone can confirm or otherwise what species then please let us know, and also what appear to be eggs on leaves – any ideas?

2011-07-11T19:28:00+01:00July 11th, 2011|0 Comments

Small Skippers etc

We have dozens of Small Skipper butterflies on our grassland at Sunnybank, Todmorden. Also similar numbers, or more, of Common Blue damselflies in the same habitat.

Also seen a Southern Hawker dragonfly just emerged from pond in same area and its case next to it.

2011-07-08T14:28:00+01:00July 8th, 2011|0 Comments
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