I’ve managed to get a solitary mistletoe plant growing on my apple tree & wondered what other local records there are?
From Mick Harrop
Found these at Mill Bank, near Sowerby Bridge today. They were in someone’s garden fire-basin which they had covered with plywood presumably in an attempt to keep it dry.
I lifted the plywood off and found the rain had got in and wet the ashes where I was pleased to find these colourful gems. They actually looked more pinky-violet than the photo.
I kept a few specimens.
I was reading a book a couple of days ago about Robert Marsham of Stratton Strawless in Norfolk. He was a landowner/naturalist of the 18th century and a correspondent with Gilbert White.
Robert Marsham is the only person to have ever recorded the Wallcreeper bird in Norfolk.
I had never even heard of a Wallcreeper and so I was amazed at the co-incidence of seeing the bird on the BBC2 “France, The Wild Side” last night.
I don’t suppose our local birders have ever seen this bird?
The Newt Count Night last night run by Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group was well attended by about 20 people. It began with a treat organised by Robin Dalton of the Countryside Service. He invited Chris Tindal to attend who introduced Great Crested Newts into his parents pond many years ago. He now has a licence to handle them and use them for educational purposes, (he is a lecturer in Natural Sciences,) so he brought some males and a females in an aquarium for us to see.
Apologies for the poor pictures. The light levels were low, and the tank reflected the flash when I tried to use that.
Creat Crested Newts are not known to occur naturally in Calderdale. They are fully protected and you now need a licence to catch them and also to move them.
The search of the ponds on Tag Loop and the old wheel-wash for trucks on North Loop was also very successful, with hundreds of Palmate and Smooth Newts, males and females, found by the light of our torches.
We also saw at least two toads.
|Bluebells seen today (24/4/2014) Park Wood|
Apr 26th There will be a short walk in Park Wood, one of the finest bluebell woods in the north of England.
The meeting place is the bottom of Plains Lane, Elland, which is between Elland Bridge and the Crematorium.
The time is 10.30 for a 10.45 start. No need to bring a packed lunch.
The route will be circular and parts of it are wet and muddy. Thanks for the update Steve.