Monthly Archives: February 2015

Febuary 16th

Febuary 16th This week Members’ sightings included: American Wigeon at Nosterfield; American Green Winged Teal at RSPB Saltholme; Whooper Swan at Bolton Gravel Pits; and in Darlington fox and six spotted ladybird in gardens, Green Plover and Golden Plover at Cummins, Long Tailed Tit, Wren, Albino Blackbird, Winter Heliotrope (the Denes), Grey Wagtail (the Skerne). […]

9th Febuary

Febuary 9th This week Members’ sightings included: An American Wigeon infatuated with a Coot, Tufted Duck, Golden Eye and Geese species – Siberian White Fronted, Brent Dark Bellied, Bean, Bar Headed – all on Flask Lake,Tarmac Quarry, West Tanfield; American Green Winged Teal at RSPB Saltholme; Long Tailed Tit, Woodpeckers and nesting Rooks at Croft; […]

February 9th

 February 9th   Dr Vivien Kent, Conservation Officer for Durham Wildlife Trust (DWT) gave an illustrated talk entitled “Making Otters Count”.  This covered Otter Ecology, History and Status; Surveying for Otters; and the results of DWT’s Spring Otter Surveys of 2013 and 2014.  Otters were revered as a talisman.  Their Patron Saint is St Cuthbert.  […]

Febuary 2nd

Febuary 2nd  This week Members’ sightings included: Goosander, bullfinch, water rail, mute swan, kestrel, pussy willow – all at Drinkfield LNR, Darlington; kingfishers seen at RSPB Saltholme, Low Coniscliffe and Darlington Denes; Whopper Swans at Bolton Gravel Pits; Golden Plover, Red Wing, Field Fare at Low Coniscliffe; Goldfinch and Gold Crest in Darlington gardens; house […]

February 2nd 2015

  February 2nd 2015 Simon Warwick gave an illustrated talk about Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve (LNR).  Nosterfield was established in 1997 in a sand and gravel landscape east of Masham, next to the three Thornborough Henges.  The LNR is wetland grassland with fluctuating water levels which is perfect habitat for birds such as Red Shank, […]

26th January

January 26th This week Members’ sightings included: a grey squirrel seen carrying a whole cream cracker in its mouth in a Darlington park; grey squirrel numbers increasing in a Barton garden; the swirling starling flocks at Whorlton; Long Earred Owl and Kingfisher at RSPB Saltholme; Golden Eye, Gadwall, Pochard, Pink Footed Geese, Canada Geese, Grey […]

26th January

26th January Chris Woodley-Stewart gave an illustrated talk about the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Archaeology, and Brood Management of Hen Harriers. The AONB’s projects include: restoration of peat bogs which can store carbon or greenhouse gases; and setting up a network of Dark Skies Discovery Sites for Astronomy. They have archaeology […]