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New Regulations and Walks

Following new regulations about group sizes we have decided that we will continue to run organised walks but with new conditions.
Walks will have one leader and a maximum of 5 attendees.
As such, any person wishing to attend must contact the walk leader in advance to book a place.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If there is a lot of interest then we may be able to arrange two leaders with staggered start times or run the walk on more than one occasion.
So, have a look at the calender and book your places now to give leaders the maximum time to make arrangements.

2020-09-15T09:54:54+01:00September 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Warley Moor – Posted by Dave Sutcliffe

 Euphrasia species ??
Lots of it in flower all along the reservoir embankment this morning.
Very tiny, creeping among the other plants especially on the exposed part of the west facing ridge.
These are the best I could get as didn’t have the macro lens with me.

2020-09-03T08:09:06+01:00September 3rd, 2020|1 Comment

Slime Mould on Moss in Hardcastle Crags

A few of us went to look for Beech Fern in the Crags recently.

We were hoping to track down an old record but the vegetation was a bit thick.

While searching one of the watercourses I spotted this Slime Mould growing on Common Feather Moss.

White Slime Mould on Moss

Reminiscent of Trichia decipiens but I don’t believe that grows on mosses.

My limited research has not led me to a reasonable ID so far.

Below you can see how the form changes over time.

2020-08-31T08:59:15+01:00August 31st, 2020|1 Comment

Rare or Overlooked?

While out on a Grassland Survey last week I found a plant which I have not recorded in Calderdale before.

I know it has been recorded by Bruce Brown nr Withens Reservoir but despite looking for it there I couldn’t find it.

I wonder though if it is really rare or just very difficult to spot.

Here is a picture of a bare patch in an otherwise grassy meadow.

Click to enlarge, I doubt you will be able to see much there.

A closer look just in case there is something interesting there.

Look like a little Rush

Bristle Club Rush

On closer inspection it is Bristle Club Rush (Isolepis setacea)

Such a tiny little plant, it must be so easy to miss.

It likes damp open places. If you see it, let me know.

2020-08-19T12:09:50+01:00August 19th, 2020|4 Comments

Waxcap season has come early!

Spangle Waxcap was the first one spotted last week

Then I found White Spindles, several patches

Then the Parrot Waxcaps started to pop up

Then I found a Honey Waxcap

Then an Oily Waxcap

And finally the remains of a Meadow Waxcap

All of these were seen in the last week in fields at the farm.

The pictures are just snapped on the phone as I found them.

Such a range of species in July is very unusual but hopefully it’s a sign of a good Waxcap season ahead.

2020-08-02T08:25:52+01:00July 31st, 2020|1 Comment


Found when clearing our the stable, under a pallet.

It had to move and fortunately I had a ready built a hedgehog house full of bedding and juicy slugs.


2020-08-02T08:27:53+01:00July 31st, 2020|0 Comments
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