35 plus sand martins pairing up and exploring nest holes were the highlight of our saturday work group. Other birds included singing blackcap and chiffchaff and pair of kingfishers. A newly emerged orange tip was joined by over wintering brimstone, comma, peacock and small copper butterflies
Please contact Steve Parkes on 07770 840156 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend
We generally meet 2nd Saturday of the month from 9.30-12.30
March 12th 2016
April 9th 2016
May 14th 2016
June 11th 2016
July 9th 2016
August 13th 2016
September 10th 2016
October 8th 2016
November 12th 2016
December 10th 2016
Visit to the reserve by 2nd Ilkley Guides
We welcome Ilkley Civic Society to the reserve on an evening visit (time to be confirmed)
We welcome Bradford Botany Group on Wednesday 26 July at 6.45pm
Thank you to Ilkley Civic Society for presenting us with this award
Our rescheduled February work group took place on 21 February, Our main focus was soil sampling with Steve Peel. We took soil core samples across a range of different habitats. Analysis of these samples we will give us a better idea of the suitability these areas for introduction of more native species either through seeds or plants.
We also spent time building up the dead hedge by the entrance fence, clearing the paths of bramble, hawthorn and willow and lastly restoring the area that has been damaged by bottle diggers. It’s very frustrating to see the damage that has been done in area that’s very important for our colony of rare White-letter Hairstreak butterflies.
Following some good records in 2014 we have had regular sightings of 2 little egrets on the river and opposite bank since the beginning of February – who knows may be they could be back and breeding in Wharefdale for the fist time in a very long time. With sightings of pairs of goosander, dipper and oystecatcher spring is here!
Photo by Mark Hockey from a previous year