I am leading a “Crocus Sweep” this Sunday 30th September 2012. All welcome. No charge.
Gather at County Bridge at Sowerby Bridge. 10.30 for 10.45. There is plenty of street parking around there. We can share cars from there if convenient. It’s the main bridge over the river Calder. We will take small walks then drive on to the next site.

The intention is to visit as many as possible of the known sites in the Ryburn Valley (about 12 – a new one has come to light since “The Mystery of the Autumn Crocus” was published  in 2011- it’s in the grass verge of the main road near 112, Oldham Rd.) Some of the colonies are tiny but need monitoring and action plans developing for.

Bring packed lunch and 2 big plastic bags for your walking boots (to put on your feet) if going in somebody else’s car. ( Not that I’m really fussy about my car.) A couple of locations need to be walked to through long grass, so gaiters or leggings if it’s a wet day. We could lunch on the parapets of the bridge at Soyland, with good views all round.

The Crocus Sweep is an unofficial HSS walk.

 The next one in the programme is the Fungus Foray to Jerusalem Farm and Wade Wood on 13th October, all welcome and no charge, donations to HSS welcome. This one is in conjunction with the Countryside Services Wildside Walk Programme. Bring a packed lunch and basket or tubs to carry fungi in for identification.