Some pictures of a very interesting Calderdale speciality – the delicate Crocus nudiflorus – native to the Pyrenees but naturalised in our area perhaps since the Middle Ages. Taken today on the annual Halifax Scientific Society Autumn Crocus walk, led by Steve Blacksmith. A good year, with a host of over a thousand flowers seen in one of the traditional places, and a good day out as always.
I would welcome any records of Hedgehogs this year in Calderdale. They are really scarce in our area nowadays !
I already have a few records in the database but unfortunately, all are road-kills other than one record so far of a living one – a juvenile near Roils Head.
I’m looking for location (street name), date and ‘alive or dead’.
Please post any sightings on the blog, or in the comments box, or pass to Steve B who will forward the records on. Many thanks. Dave.
Having just travelled through the East Riding, I find it not surprising that many bird species are in decline. There isn’t any secret to it that needs the pretence of intensively written reports.
Mile after mile of farmland hedgerows were being tractor strimmed to neat garden-type hedges. All the growth that young birds would have just discovered to be ‘home’ was being hacked away. But worst of all was the squandering of the hawthorn berries and many, many elder fruits–rich black luscious hanging bunches. Now all gathering mud and squashed on the road.
Please note that Tuesday’s meeting and the talk by Diane Fare of the Bronte Parsonage entitled ‘Uncovering Bronte Country’ is being held in NEW Halifax Central Library, Square Road (more or less opposite the station) at the usual time of 7.15pm. The meeting room is on the 2nd Floor. We have tried to inform everyone but this is just a reminder! Hope to see you there…and there will be cake!
I noticed that a young Beech sapling in Centre Vale Park at Todmorden was looking white on its upper leaves. I thought it was mildew but took a closer look as I have never seen mildew on Beech.
What is actually happening is these upper leaves are totally devoid of chlorophyll, yet the lower leaves are as normal. No idea why this should be or whether it will persist on next year’s growth.
A friend of mine, Chris Tomson, has asked me to publise this new countryside group he has started at Penistone. Some of you will have met him on the haymeadow walk in July.
Walk Sat 2nd.
Original post – Laurence Sutton
Blessed with fantastic weather the turn out was good – around a dozen people showed up. Peachysteve lead the walk and his local plant knowledge and ID skills are something to behold! There were a sprinkling of knowledgeable plant folk who I’m sure left the walk having seen new plant or fern species. From a lepidopterist’s point of view it was a worthwhile trip becoming familiar with a range of plants that moth larvae use such as Grey Alder, Sneezewort and the goosefoot/orache family.
BIRDS: Kingfisher and Grey Heron on the river with Pied Wagtail, Nutchatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker all heard.
SPIDERS: I took a couple of shots of “interesting” looking arachnids – maybe Bruce or Julian can enlighten us? Their bodies were small pea sized.