A lovely sunny day, a lovely walk through the Coronation Meadow at Bell Sykes Farm, Slaidburn.
This trip took us to explore the area in and around the National Nature Reserve of Coedydd Aber in north Wales, roughly halfway between Conwy and Bangor. We started our walk from the small village of Aber (or, to give it its full name, Abergwyngregyn – you can see why it’s shortened to Aber!) which […]
The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. The Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017; the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. For more information see the organisation’s website at: https://treecharter.uk/ The Tree […]
The Conservation and Education team have been out and about over the past couple of months. Thursday 21st of July saw us at the old Firgrove Tip on a beautiful summer’s day where we carried out a flower survey ( and a few butterflies as well). It’s an amazing place! We found 88 species of […]
Ringlet Butterflies (Aphantopus hyperantus) in Rochdale Area In 2011 I first came across this butterfly in a grassy field in Wensleydale and knew I hadn’t previously come across it on local walks with the Rochdale Field Nats. My Butterfly guide (Thomas 2007) showed a distinct absence over most of Lancashire. Having got it into my […]
Each spring those of us who do the garden survey are asked to look out for evidence of birds breeding. Some of you may be interested to see the Breeding Evidence 2017. Thanks to Karen for producing the report.
On a sunny May day 28 members of Rochdale Field Naturalists set off on a visit to Derbyshire. Our walk took in parts of Tansley Dale, Cressbrook Dale and Millers Dale. These dales are in the “White Peak” where the underlying geology is limestone, noted for its diversity of flowering species. We alighted from the […]
“Common crane!” We were still in the car park sorting out coats and telescopes when the cry went up, and there it was! Not much more than a dot in the sky until you found it with the binoculars, but then it was unmistakeable with the long, straight wings. What a start to the day! […]
For some years now, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has been using amateur volunteers to monitor bumblebee populations all over the country by undertaking regular Bee Walks. We have been involved for the last two years and hope to continue and we need a few more volunteers. Our walks take place in Mandale Park, close to Rochdale town centre. […]
It was drizzling as twelve members met at the entrance to Hopwood Clough. We made our way through the woods to a site near a small bridge over Trub Brook. The brook flows through mixed woodland with Beech as the dominant species. The ground near the stream was covered in Beech leaf litter. One side […]