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Monday, 9 October 2017

Can you lend a hand? Moors and moths!

Calderdale Countryside Services run regular morning sessions doing practical conservation work on Norland Moor.  Next dates : 18th Oct, 15th Nov, 20th Dec, 17th Mar, 21 Mar.  Contact Robin Dalton on : 07712867619 for more details of where to meet etc.

Also, this Wednesday 11th Oct, Robin and Chris Sutcliffe are running a moth trapping night, meeting opposite the Moorcock, Norland at 7.00pm.  But please check with Robin first!

 



1 comment:

Steve Blacksmith said...

There were just two of us on the 18th October practical maintenance session on Norland Moor. Robin and I did a couple of hours digging out small birch trees, discussing habitat succession and various ways of maintaining Norland Moor as an open moor. We also looked at the apparent replacement of heather (Calluna) by Molinia (Purple Moor Grass) and discussed its pros and cons.

It was a fine sunny morning - exhilarating to be out on the moor; we saw Meadow Pipits mobbing a hunting Kestrel, large numbers of Reed Buntings (as we did on 1.1.17) and first heard and then saw far off to the west a huge skein of geese moving westward. These would have been Pink Footed Geese. They divide their time with us between feeding grounds on the Lancashire plain and the Norfolk/Lincolnshire arable fields.