Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 16th

March 16th This week Members’ sightings included: Starling chasing a woodmouse in a Darlington garden; Goosander on The Skerne in Darlington Town Centre; Whooper Swan at Bolton Gravel Pits; 3 Geese Species – Bean, Tundra and Snow – and Wheatear and Chiff Chaff all at RSPB Saltholme; Oyster Catcher at Low Coniscliffe; Sparrowhawk and Peregrine […]

March 16th

March 23rd 2015  Michael Rudd gave an illustrated talk on “Travellers to Teesdale”.  The talk covered 437 years from 1535 to 1972 listing 37 of 60 famous farmers, walkers, artists, authors, poets, photographers, naturalists, and botanists interested in Geology and Botany of High Force and Cauldron Snout ranging from John Leland (1535) to Edward Robson […]

March 9th 2015

March 9th 2015 Liz Bregazzi, County Archivist, gave an illustrated talk entitled “The Field Club’s Archives 1891 – 2007”. In 2014, the Club’s archives were entrusted to the Durham County Records Office. Trainee Archivist, Pete Bradshaw, catalogued these into 4 catalogues. Our Archives include a photograph of 2 Presidents from 1904 and 1905: Edward Wooler […]

March 2nd

March 2nd  This week Members’ sightings included: Whooper Swans at Bolton Gravel Pits; Long Earred Owl, American Green Winged Teal, Bean Goose at RSPB Saltholme; Dipper at Winch Bridge; Buzzards, Yellow Star of Bethleham at Low Coniscliffe; Yellow Hammers, Fieldfare, Redwing, Foxes in Darlington; Rat and Fox at Middleton Tyas; Goldfinches, celandine, primroses in Richmond. […]

March 2nd

March 2nd 2015 Alan Pearson gave an enthusiastic talk entitled “Springtime in Crete”. Alan is a Lecturer and Researcher in Plant Physiology who retired in 2008 following 38 years of working at Durham University. He talked us through 83 flower species and 3 tree species which grow on the plains, foothills and mountains of Crete […]

February 23rd 2015

23 February 2015 The Club held its 123rd AGM during which the President, Mr Brian Wood, handed over the badge of office, the Club’s Whistle, to Mr John Buxton, the new President. Elizabeth Elliott, a Club Member, gave a talk on Orchids of the Dales. This covered their botanical diagram and flowering months. Orchids are […]

Winter Heliotrope (Petasites Fragrans)

Winter Heliotrope (Petasites Fragrans) Flowering in the Dean in Darlington at the junction of Hollyhurst Road and Willow Road, this plant is not found very much further north than Darlington, introduced from North Africa, has spread throughout Europe and forms large patches of heart or kidney shaped leaves. It is dioecious but only the male […]