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Sunday, 8 May 2016

This Month's Talk and walks - May 2016

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Weds 11th May. There is a Woodland Visit to survey for species with a view to creating a new Local Wildlife Site. The planned Grassland survey is cancelled, possibly to be  re-scheduled, as the meadow flowers are late.
This is to Parrock Wood, and Height Wood, west of  Hebden Bridge. Meet just off the A646 main road just after the Eastwood Sewage works on the bridge that  crosses the Rochdale Canal a few miles west of Hebden Bridge. Grid ref. SD968261. Park on the main road. 
Time 10.30 am for 10.40. Bring a packed lunch.
 Hugh Firman, Calderdale Conservation Officer, leading. Tel.07712867610


Saturday 14th May. The annual HSS ramble to Rishworth to see the very reliable Little Owl (sometimes the pair) and the Native Daffodils. Unfortunately the daffodils were in full flower a few weeks ago and are probably mostly over. This was due to a very mild early winter.
Many other interesting species to see and beautiful scenery.
Bring a packed lunch. We eat outside so a damp-proof sitting layer is useful.
 Meet at Mill Fold (Bowling Green) Car Park off the B6113 at Ripponden. 
10.30 for 10.40. Steve Blacksmith leading. Tel 07715005379


  1. The talk was very successful, with Andy and Peter setting up their visual equipment seamlessly and delivering an inspirational account of the creation of of the Centre in the 1980s on the cleared site of a large clay drainage pipe works through to the current state of the organisation.
    In explaining all the different kinds of equipment they have built and use, from radio telescopes to refractors and reflectors, even a camera obscura using a surplus lens and no power, they took turns at explaining a lot about what amateur astronomers can do and are interested in.
    The community of amateurs, as a large body of volunteer workers, can also make a contribution to expensively-funded university work.
    Some HSS members were keen to have a group visit to the centre at Bacup this summer. All welcome!

  2. Any clue on where I can see the owl at Rishworth? Only one I ever seen in Calderdale was on a fence post up at Lumb Falls!

  3. In answer to Dom - sorry for delay - the only place I see them reliably has been below Hey Lane, Rishworth, near a ruined barn with no roof and a round window.
    But we missed them this year, the first year after 6 in a row, when one or two have been on the broken field wall to the left side of this ruin.
    We were usually there in April, though.

  4. Thanks Steve, went up to Lumb Falls again today and took my camera.... got a couple of decent pics of the Little Owl, still quite far away though.