John Laws

I have just heard the sad news that our Vice-President and long serving member, John Laws, passed away on Friday 6th February after a long illness. John and Catherine joined the Society in the late 80s and have been regular attendees of the indoor meetings ever since. Our thoughts are with Catherine and the family. John’s funeral will take place at St Helen’s Church, Sandal on February 23rd. I will post more details when I have them.

Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham

Memebers may be interested to hear Patrick Barkham speak at the Morley Literature Festival, here are the details that were emailed to me:

Patrick Barkham: Badgerlands – a Talk
Sunday 13th October at 11.30am
Morley Town Hall, south Leeds
Part of Morley Literature Festival

Britain is the home of the badger, with more per square kilometre than in any other country, and 2013 has seen badger culling brought to the nation’s attention by Brian May and thousands of protestors. Yet many of us have never seen one alive and in the wild. Nocturnal creatures, badgers vanish into their labyrinthine underground setts at the first hint of a human.

The Guardian’s Patrick Barkham follows in the footsteps of his badger-loving grandmother to meet the feeders, farmers and scientsts who know their way around Badgerlands: a mysterious world in which these distinctively striped creatures snuffle, dig and live out their complex social lives.

Tickets: £4 available in advance via 0844 848 2706 or on the door.

Sandal Castle Meeting

The Friends of Sandal Castle have invited us to a meeting on March 23rd at the castle visitor centre. The meeting is aimed at getting local groups together with a talk about ‘The Ackworth hoard’ followed by tea and cakes. The meeting is from 2pm-4pm. Do go along and if you do, please say you are from the Nats :¬)

Richard’s rhubarb appearance

Viewers of BBC2’s Great British Food Revival series will have noticed a cameo appearance from our very own resident star of TV and radio, Richard Bell. Richard is well known for his self-published books on local folklore and fable as well as his paintings and illustrations of all things wild in the district. It was only natural, therefore, that acclaimed foody and rhubarb champion, Greg Wallace, should want to interview our Richard about this underrated great British food. Pick up a copy of highly successfully book, “Walks in the rhubarb triangle” and get him to sign it for you.

American vagrant at Pugneys: Pectoral Sandpiper

Birders were flocking to Pugneys CP today to have a look at the recently discovered Pectoral Sandpiper that has be blown into the district on the tail-end of the hurricane that has just battered the coast of America. The juvenile bird can be seen frequenting the shoreline near the boat launch/bird feeding area.