Welcome to the Wharfedale Naturalists’ Society
UPDATED SUMMER PROGRAMME now available HERE
Available to watch now:
The Nature of Lockdown in Burley in Wharfedale (Part 3). Learn more about the wildlife of Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, observed during Lockdown. Presented by Wharfedale Naturalist, Anne Riley: https://youtu.be/kJaYwxJCnQM
Balancing the Needs of Food, Farming & Nature. Chris Clark and Brian Scanlon of Nethergill Associates talk to us about balancing the needs of food, farming & Nature: https://youtu.be/V9GusFHtBRg
British Mountain Plants. Emeritus Professor John Birks talks to us about British Mountain Plants, their history, status and future: https://youtu.be/FWUM2lVedAs
Wildfowl and Wader Migration: Exploiting the Freezer Niche: https://youtu.be/7Dq8XO-97JI
Climate Change: how serious it it and what can we do? https://youtu.be/Zbl5X_kx358
Swifts and Us: The Life of the Birds that Sleep in the Sky: https://youtu.be/DaicSRVN3-w
The Twelve Plants of Christmas with Ian Brand: https://youtu.be/_mivldZZRCI
The Return of the White-tailed Eagle. Dr Tim Mackrill, Ornithologist with the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, tell us about the re-introduction of the White-tailed Eagle to England: https://youtu.be/oX4XsfzjMxo
If you go down to the woods today. Richard Greenwood introduces us to his photography in the boreal forest of Finland: https://youtu.be/339rgHSys5M
Wildlife of the Shetland Isles – Steve Race. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/OknQ1r1SCz4
Art, science & politics in nature conservation – Rachael Bice – Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/nYW0JKZ7ZzU
‘Ilkley Tree Trail’ – Sue Stevens. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/wlJU8L0XUG0
‘Aldo Leopold – His Life, Work and Legacy’ – Jim Butterfield. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/2C4PFRUR1IY
Ilkley Tree Trail
Ilkley Tree Trail starts in the Ilkley central car park and visits 34 trees in the centre of town. It is about a mile long and takes around an hour. It was developed with the help of WNS botany group and funded by Ilkley U3A. The illustrated booklet describing the trail is available free of charge in the Grove bookshop or you can download it from https://ilkleytrees.org.uk/
Past WNS Zoom Meetings 2020 – 2021
6th October – The first presentation will feature Graham Standring of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who will be speaking about the management of YWT nature reserves in the Yorkshire Dales.
20th October – Sara King of Rewilding Britain “Biodiversity impacts of beaver and pine marten reintroductions” Now available to listen to at: https://www.yorkshirerewildingnetwork.org.uk/presentations/
3rd November – Stef Pearse – on the subject of spiders. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/9n3zEyLtYnA
17th November – Ian Brand “Botanical Medicine – from poisonous plants to today’s medicines”. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/dR0sO5rt85A
8th December – Joint event with Climate Action Ilkley and the Ilkley Clean River Group: “Water in the Dales: are we keeping up with climate change?” by Rick Battarbee, Addingham resident and Emeritus Professor at University College London. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/rxFMccpm4Cg and via the front page of climateactionilkley.org.uk
12th January – Anne Riley: ‘The Nature of Lockdown in Burley in Wharfedale’. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/AEASh4-QQTk
26th January – Linda Jenkinson: ‘Swifts‘. Now available to listen to at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGBhSnyQAM4
9th February: David White & Rob Jaques (BTO): 25 Years of Garden BirdWatch’ Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/B3Kico_xOXU
23rd February: George McGavin – ‘Bugs Britannica’
9th March: Recorders Evening – ‘Butterflies and Birds’. Available to watch at: https://youtu.be/jT5ss9Yn8mA
23rd March: AGM and ‘How to be an Effective Recorder’. Available to watch at: https://youtu.be/e9x4Rq6mmvo
6th April – Anne Riley: ‘The Nature of Lockdown in Burley in Wharfedale (Part Two)’. Now available to listen to at: https://youtu.be/dH5VG2zO_6s
20th April – Matt Whittle and Greg Slack (South Yorkshire Bat Group). Bats. Now available to watch at: https://youtu.be/EYG7YQokUC0
STATEMENT ON THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
As would be expected, all the Society’s normal activities are in abeyance at this time. The Summer Programme, with 25 planned activities/excursions, was ready to be rolled out when lockdown came into operation, and all planned activities were therefore suspended. It is likely that we will use this Programme for our 2021 events if things have returned to normal by then. UPDATE: The Winter Programme for 2021 can be viewed through the link at the top of this page.
In the meantime, we intend to continue with our work to promote and support local conservation initiatives making financial contributions where appropriate. The Society gave financial support to a total of 16 projects throughout Wharfedale in our last financial year and these included hedge planting in upper Wharfedale, tools for the Grass Wood and Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits Work Parties and a grant to support rewilding local initiatives.
Given the sadly depleted state of UK wildlife we are very keen to continue to promote this aspect of our activities notwithstanding the pandemic disruption. The majority of the money for these Grants comes from our annual membership fee which, for adults, is just £12-50. If you are not a member and would like to assist us in this work, please consider supporting us by joining Wharfedale Naturalists through the link on this website. This will be a boost to the Society and local conservation work at this difficult time and I am confident that, as and when things return to normal, you will come to even more value your membership with the opportunity it will provide for learning, entertainment and commitment to conservation.
In the meantime, stay safe and well and many thanks for your interest.
Peter Riley (President)
A Flower for Wharfedale
The search for our own floral emblem. For more info click HERE.
Funds for Conservation Projects available
Every year the Wharfedale Nats like to support a number of worthwhile conservation projects in and around the Wharfedale area. For example, the Society has helped towards the costs of servicing equipment used by the Hay Time Project. If you have a conservation project, that would benefit from a small contribution by the Society, please contact our Secretary.
Gallows Hill Latest
A message from a recent visitor:
I took a trip down there myself and the following were seen/heard in just over half an hour. Bullfinch, chaffinch, blue/great/ long tailed tits, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, jackdaw, rook, crow, chiff chaff, greater spotted woody, wood pidgeon.
A nice spot. My first visit and I didn’t know where the car park was.
For other “first timers” take the pool road out of Otley. Go past the cemetery on the left. There’s an entrance to the new housing development after about another 200 yards. Turn left into this new development and there is a track on the right that leads down to the Gallows Hill car park. Enjoy!
More information about the site can be found here and, if you wish to become involved, Friends of Gallows Hill run a series of events and work parties throughout the year.
Details of events are available via the Gallows Hill Facebook group: Friends of Gallows Hill