Frank Murgatroyd has died at the age of 97. He was a much respected and liked ex-president of Halifax Scientific Society to whom you could take any flowering plant, grass, sedge, fern or fungus and he would usually give you its identity there and then without looking it up. "The Flora of the Parish of Halifax" was his work; ( this covers the whole of Calderdale basically.)
He was initially a bird watcher; found a Desert Wheatear at Upper Gorple in his younger days. People came from all over to see it.
He was also a very quiet, phlegmatic, unstressable man. When anyone created fuss about what they saw as damaging developments in natural areas, he would say that he had a "What goes around comes around" atitiude to changes.
Funeral arrangements to follow.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Our Mammal Recorder, Ian Lomas, has had to resign for personal reasons, and Linda Kingsnorth has bravely stepped forward to fill the post. Linda has been an active naturalist since she moved to the area, with a particular interest in badger protection, and has done otter monitoring with Ian.
Some might remember Linda as the Halifax Scientific Society Treasurer for a while, and on the Friends of Calderdale Countryside Group.
Each order can have any number of recorders, but the nominated Mammal Recorder is the person who collates the records. ( Please send via this blog, or if more sensitive, to the email address at the top.)
With best wishes and thanks to Ian for his generosity with his knowledge and great concern (along with Tina of course) for our local wildlife.
Posted by Steve Blacksmith at 21:56
Monday, 18 March 2013
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Posted by Hugh Firman at 14:01
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
if any body knows any places where Owl pellets could be found i would be very grateful for the information,,
Posted by AndyC at 11:41
Friday, 1 March 2013
The next Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species workshop will be held on Thursday 7th March at the Mytholmroyd Countryside Office, above the library – please arrive at 7.15pm for drinks ready for a 7.30pm start.
The meeting is open to all with an interest in taking action to conserve Calderdale’s species of conservation concern and will include a round up of progress over the last year and discussion groups to agree plans for 2013.
Please pass on as appropriate. If you intend to attend , it would be helpful if you would let me know your main interests to help plan the discussion groups.
I hope to see you there,
Posted by Hugh Firman at 17:45