4.30 to 5.00pm start, clothing and footwear for weather, torch useful.
First session of a new year, see whoever then.
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(4th attempt) Repeat of 2 weeks ago, walk round the reserve with detectors and Torches.
Start at 8.30pm, stout shoes and warm clothes optional.
Moth trap will be running and plenty of specimens around on return. Little netters welcome.
See whoever then.
Meet at cabin area around 8.30pm. Meet the real wildlife of Brighouse and Elland.
There will be walk round with detectors and torches, you may get the chance to see a few flying mice! + spiders, owls, fox, and moths.
Whilst out the moth trap should produce a few specimens, and will be in full swing on returning for a nice cuppa. See if you can net a Large Yellow Underwing?
Clothing to suit the night, stout shoes, walk is round reserve, and a torch would be useful, but only if you want to see where your going.
All assuming it's not lashing it down.
See some of you then.
Sadly, we will not be able to re-start Saturday volunteer days, scheduled for Saturday 10th July, as hoped. This is due to the remaining uncertainty over outside numbers allowed and pending a decision from Calderdale. We are aiming to re-start these monthly Saturday volunteer days, in September, subject to all restrictions being lifted. Sincere apologies to all those who had planned to join us on that day - we thank you for your patience and hope to see you in September. An update will be posted on our website and Facebook sites in due course.
😃 The Cabin is re-opening this Sunday the 6th of June. 10am till 4pm 🍫👪👦👧
Tea, Coffee, Soft drinks and snacks available, toilets.
Covid safety in place.
Also we are planning to resume monthly Saturday volunteering days from July, starting Saturday 10th July and then on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
We meet at 9.30 in the compound next to our cabin, sign in and then we hold an informal chat about what tasks there are to do, including some health and safety reminders.
These volunteering days will be led alternately by members of CBWG and then by Robin Dalton, one of Calderdale's Countryside Rangers. As July is the first one, we'll both be there on that day.
Volunteers are advised to come dressed for working outdoors with strong footwear and bring a packed lunch if they intend to stay into the afternoon. The amount of time volunteers spend with us is totally flexible and up to the individual's own discretion. Toilet facilities open.
We do have refreshment available such as hot/cold drinks, crisps and wrapped biscuits which we do not directly charge for but ask volunteers for a donation to the work of the Wildlife group. If you have any further questions, just email email@example.com We'll look forward to you volunteering with us.
I think it's time to brave the cold and get the trap dusted off.
So I shall run a moth night this sat 8th from about 8.30pm onwards. Please dress in warm clothing, as we will be outside all evening due to covid restrictions. Warm drinks can be supplied through the evèning, and it may run until 4am if my all night crew are around, and moths keep coming.
Hope to see you there!
I was contacted recently by Anthony Arak who is about my age and was a member of the Halifax Scientific Society as a teenager, long before I joined. He has or has had a career in Ecology. I knew his name because his project, along with another teenage member, to reintroduce Emperor Moths onto Norland Moor in the 1960s is written about by Clifford Lees in one of our publications, ("The Natural History of Norland Moor.")
He refound the HSS via me on Facebook. What luck he did that when we are still called HSS! (I hope we always are.)
He has been introducing us to the delights the Emperor Moth as I told him we had never seen one, only the caterpillars. So now we've seen them on Wadsworth Moor (above Hebden Bridge,) Whirlaw Common (above Todmorden,) and Stiperden Moor (above the Long Causeway - the Burnley Old Rd - above Todmorden.) We used an artificial pheremone lure briefly. It is very effective! If the weather is warm enough and there is a light breeze the males, which are day fliers, arrive very quickly! Now we just have to be lucky and find a female, as they sit still, pumping out their pheremone, and wait for the males to arrive.
Anthony would like to resume his great interest in moths. He has asked me by email if he needs permission to run moth evenings at Cromwell Bottom. I've said I will put him in touch with the various people already involved in this.
He says he would like to try, apart from a light trap, sugaring, wine ropes and "mad moth netting by torchlight."
I have mentioned the CBWG enthusiasts who already do moth nights. Is Robin Dalton still involved for the Council? I was going to ask about how Graham Haigh is but just remembered I might be able to find out on Facebook.