Next Walk – a reminder jamieharrop2011-06-15T11:32:00+01:00June 15th, 2011|0 Comments Our next walk is this Saturday June 18th Meet Colin Duke at Hollas Lane for a botanical search of Sterne Mills. This plant and bird-rich area is under threat of development. Easy walking. Meet at SE077232 at 10:30am Map No Comments Steve Blacksmith June 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply We made a brilliant discovery on the walk!Michael Sykes, experienced photographer and orchid enthusiast, spotted a Bee Orchid in the shade of a Pussy Willow. We had rumours last year from a member of the public that they were to be found down there.There is just one other site for them in Calderdale that we know of. Picture to arrive on this blog soon. Unfortunately, it is not so nationally rare that it will hold up the fateful development, but they will certainly have to try to transplant it to a safe area. Unfortunately, Colin Duke was not available to lead the walk. Andy June 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm - Reply That's a great discovery Steve. I will keep an eye out when walking around the area to see if I spot it. Is there any truth to the rumours of possible sightings of great crested newts in the same area? Andy June 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm - Reply Just today I saw a greater spotted woodpecker in a tree from my in laws house on Wakefield road. I have see a couple of the woodpeckers about a month ago in the nearby longwood. Steve Blacksmith June 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm - Reply Hi Andy,sorry for slow reply, been Norfolk way. No, I don't think Great Crested Newts have ever been recorded down there, unfortunately. The two other species are there, though. Steve Blacksmith June 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm - Reply The Great Spotted is really quite frequent in Calderdale, though still special. The one see all too infrequently is the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. I saw one once near St Stephens Church at Copley. Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.