Just a reminder for our first event launch of the Darlington Wildlife Explorers in the Education Centre (Glass Room next to the cafe) at the South Park at 9.30am on Sunday 15 April. ‘Natures Calendar’ the event runs until 12.30 and we will be exploring the park, looking for flowers, birds, bugs etc. Looking at lifecycles and nests and there will be both indoor & outdoor activities for all the family.
This is the first event that we are running jointly with Wild Green Places Project from Tees Valley Wildlife Trust as part of the 2018 Family Wildlife Challenge. The challenge runs all year with activities for families to undertake on their own and three events planned in April, August & October. This has been an initiative of the Field Club and it would be wonderful if as a member you could come along to see what’s going on or recommend it to family and friends.
Thanks to Sue Weston and Martin Chisholm for leading the administration and arrangements for this event and for members who have volunteered to assist on Sunday. Lets hope the weather really improves. I note there will be a “nature table” so if you can bring along any interesting items that would be most welcome. Hope to see you Sunday.
Sunday April 22nd Field Trip to Whorlton. Leave Abbey Road 2.00 pm. We will be joined by some members of Cleveland Naturalists
This is a short circular walk through delightful woodland and down to the bank of the River Tees. We expect to see spring flowers in bloom and see and hear bird life. We may also find insects and snails. There are some magnificent Beech trees by the river.
There is a short climb up from the river bank to the village with a hand rail for assistance. Some may wish to bring a stick. Appropriate clothes and boots or strong shoes should be worn.
Any questions please phone Elizabeth on 01325 465033
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NEW YEAR PLANT HUNT 2018
*Pick one day between 30th December and 2nd January 2018.
* Record wild and naturalised plants in FLOWER. (No garden plants.)
* For tree=open catkin, for grasses=open florets, stigma, anthers on show.
* Write down the name of the place you are recording.
* Record maximum 3 hours in one site. You could stop for tea break or comfort break but the total time for a site should be 3 hours.
* If you can not identify the plant, take a photograph and I could help.
* If there are no plants in flower in a place you visited, please record “NIL” and let me have that information.
* Please forward all your records to Fal.
This observation and recording will help to build a picture of which wild and naturalised plants are in bloom at New Year across Britain.
Thank you to every one that has taken part so far.
Monday 6 November 2017
This week members’ reports covered much activity at RSPB Saltholme: Starling murmurations, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Black Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Little Egret and Great White Egret. A collection of fungi fruiting bodies from Bearpark, Durham was put on display.