Wharfedale Naturalists News Blog

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Bird song

I have grown quite fond of my smart phone – a family hand-me-down designed to bring me into the 21st century. The reason is my new app. This enables me to select any bird...

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Waterfowl – teal

An early February walk round Swinsty and Fewston Reservoirs produced two concentrations of waterfowl, the first the usual conglomeration of mallards plus a few Canada and feral farmyard geese beside the car park at...

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Pennine adders, reptiles and amphibians talk

Long-time member David Alred’s presentation was entitled ‘Pennine adders, reptiles and amphibians’. His photographs stretched back to the 1980s, when he first began to investigate our local adders. David is a proper field naturalist,...

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Awaiting the frogs

Spring was approaching nicely at the beginning of last week till the arrival of Doris and accompanying wind, lashing rain, and a dramatic drop in temperature. However, as I look out at the garden...

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Nestbox week

This week is National Nestbox Week when the BTO encourages us all to install nestboxes in our gardens. With our modern building practices and general passion for tidy gardens we have actually severely cut...

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Caucasus & Rocky Mountains report

An enthusiasm for extreme mountain walking combined with an interest in Botany and photography took WNS society member, Alan Schofield, to two very different but equally challenging, mountain ranges, one in the Caucasus in...

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Dippers

A January walk through Strid Wood found a pair of dippers in one of their usual spots near the Cavendish Pavilion, prime dipper habitat of fast shallow water that provides an abundance of invertebrate...

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Winter snooze

I was just putting out the milk bottles the other day when I spotted a small ladybird halfway up the inside of the front door – just resting, not going anywhere in particular. It...

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Tuesday talk 24th January

The first of this evening’s presentations was by Iain Jones, Headmaster of Menston Primary School. The Society has been partnering the school for some years, supplying advice and funding to help it to encourage...

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Garden visitors

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been puzzled by some long-tailed tits visiting our fat-ball feeder. Nothing unusual in the species – these tiny members of the tit family have grown increasingly common...