Wharfedale Naturalists News Blog

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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...

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Rodley Nature Reserve talk

Rodley Nature Reserve in the Kirkstall Valley (LS13 1HP and open to visitors on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4pm),was the subject of the Wharfedale Naturalists evening lecture on Jan 10th....

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A look back at 2016

Looking back, 2016 appears a rather dismal year. However, I thought I might be able to find a few bright spots to cheer us as we embark on 2017 – and so it proved....

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Winter wren

I’m definitely not dreaming of a white Christmas. No matter how sparklingly beautiful a snowy morning might look from the window, I’m now more concerned with the inconvenience of being confined to the house...