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Freshfield Fungal Foray 30th September 2017

Here’s a few pics from a very sucessful fungal foray around Montagu Triangle woodland and Freshfield Dune Heath. Thanks go to Tony Carter of the North West Fungal Group for his expertise during the foray 🙂 Bay Cup Peziza badia … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip RSPB Fairburn Ings 16th September 2017

It has been four years since the MNA visited Fairburn Ings. Close to the visitor centre there was a small wildflower and herb area including Viper’s-bugloss Echium vulgare, Goldenrod Solidago virgaurea, Chicory Cichorium intybus and Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris. We wandered … Continue reading

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Minera Quarry, Wales 25th July 2017

Late July saw Harry Standaloft, Ron, DaveB and I visiting Minera Quarry to indulge in the rare and threatened wildlife and plants this specialist limestone grassland and wooded area has on offer. After disembarking at the village triangle we wandered … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip RSPB Leighton Moss 23rd July 2017

Disembarking at Leighton Moss a few members decided to head straight to Myer’s Allotment Reserve. We crossed over the railway bridge, turned left at junction and continued past the Silverdale Golf Club. The lane edge held flowering Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria, … Continue reading

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Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon 3rd July 2017

Views from Dinas Dinlle beach towards Llŷn Peninsula Whilst visiting family in North Wales for a few days I had a walk around Dinas Dinlle near Caernarfon which offers views towards the Llŷn Peninsula. The route headed past Caernarfon Airport … Continue reading

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Great Orme, Llandudno 1st July 2017

Alice’s Rabbit Pal A small group of MNA members met at Chester railway station before boarding the train to Llandudno for our walk around the Great Orme. We admired the large carved wooden Rabbit – part of the Alice in … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Dovedale, Derbyshire 3rd June 2017

Early Purple Orchid Inquisitive Cow Mayfly Ephemera danica

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Conwy Valley, Wales 30th May 2017

A trip with DaveB, Richard Surman and Ron Crossley along the Conwy Valley. Our first stop was St Mary’s Church at Caerhun, situated on the site of the Roman Fort of Canovium, overlooking the River Conwy. The churchyard is occasionally … Continue reading

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Caergwrle, Wales 23rd May 2017

DaveB and I took the train to Bidston then changed to the Wrexham line alighting at Caergwrle in Flintshire, Wales. A Wildflower patch beside the station held Common Fumitory Fumaria officinalis a scrambling native annual with crimson-tipped pink flowers that … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey 21st May 2017

A change of venue for our MNA coach trip to Anglesey. We decided to visit the stunning location of Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) at the far end of the beach at Newborough Warren. After being refused entry down to the … Continue reading

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