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Dibbinsdale 26th August 2016

Meadow Grasshopper Spent a bit of time this morning in Bodens Hay Meadow patiently trying to photograph the Meadow Grasshoppers Chorthippus parallelus and a few Bumblebees and Solitary Bees that were enjoying the remaining Wildflowers such as Common Knapweed Centaurea nigra … Continue reading

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North Wales 6th / 7th August 2016

West Shore Llandudno looking towards Great Orme I was over in North Wales for the weekend for a double birthday bash. Managed to have a couple of walks the first was along the beach and coastal path running from West Shore … Continue reading

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Dibbinsdale 31st July 2016

A productive morning wander around Dibbinsdale. Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria, Hedge Bindweed Calystegia sepium, Water Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides and Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara were found beside the path through the reedbed. A mother Coot was escorting her four squealing youngsters through … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Malham, Yorkshire 9th July 2016

The MNA Coach parked beside the Yorkshire Dales Visitor Centre in Malham village and after donning waterproofs against the typical English Summer weather we were soon listing slightly unusual botanical sights like a huge coppiced Laburnum Laburnum anagyroides and a … Continue reading

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Marford and Minera Quarries, Wales 5th July 2016

A natural history packed day as DaveB and I visited a couple of sites in the Wrexham area using public transport. We initially took the train to Chester then boarded Arriva’s 1 bus alighting at the village of Marford famous … Continue reading

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Anglesey & Great Orme June 2016

A few days visiting some familiar sites in Anglesey and the Great Orme in late June proved fruitful. At Breakwater Country Park the initial clouds did give way to some blue sky giving a great backdrop to the dramatic rocky coastline. … Continue reading

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MNA Coach Trip Potteric Carr 18th June 2016

Four years have passed since the previous MNA Coach Trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve at Potteric Carr, close to Doncaster. Most members headed to the far side of the reserve with the scrapes and Huxter Well and Piper … Continue reading

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Gwydyr Forest Park, Snowdonia 31st May 2016

Richard Surman, DaveB and I headed down the Conwy Valley to Llanwrst and crossed Pont Fawr, the narrow three-arch stone bridge before taking a steep road up to the Gwydir Forest Park Offices and the adjacent 17th-century Gwydir Uchaf Chapel. … Continue reading

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Dibbinsdale 30th May 2016

Six Swifts were screaming overhead in blue skies as I wandered down The Rake towards the Reserve On the now infamous fallen tree trunk on the slope running down from Bromborough Rake Station were a large number of impressive plates … Continue reading

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Sefton Coast 24th May 2016

A much welcome burst of sunshine for the first part of DaveBs and my walk along the Sefton Coast starting on the Green Beach at Ainsdale and continuing in a meandering line along the saltmarsh, shoreline and dunes in a … Continue reading

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