Calder Wetlands In Bloom

Member Pauline Brook submitted the following records of flowers in bloom at Calder Wetlands and Pugneys Country Park. The warm spring weather produced a good number of spring flowers, some of which are early for the time of year.

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  • Coltsfoot
  • Red Dead Nettle
  • Dandelion
  • Daisy
  • Common Field Speedwell
  • Fumitory
  • Shepherd’s Purse
  • Chickweed
  • Groundsel
  • Pineapple Mayweed
  • Lesser Celandine

Sightings March 13th Meeting

Calder Wetlands provided us with some good early spring records.

  • Sand Martin (3rd March – Earliest ever record)
  • Chiffchaff
  • Longtailed Tits (Seen nest building)
  • Grass Snake

Also, seen at Ackworth School

  • Longtailed Tits
  • Pied Wagtails
  • Pipistrelle Bat
  • Buzzard

Horbury Golfcourse had sightings of a Ring Necked Parakeet and there have also been early butterfly sightings with Red Admiral on the 1st of March.

Also reported at the meeting was a sighting of a Great Horned Owl near Nostell! Unfortunately it was an escapee.

We are always happy to recieve your records and sightings and look forward to hearing them at the next meeting.


Phil Abbot “Flowers and Flyers of Estonia”

Phil Abbot visited the Society last night to share with us a recent visit to Estonia in search of wildflowers. Phil has visited the Society several times with tales of her botanical travels, and once again has given us a fascinating talk and an insight into the flora of yet another fantastic country.

Phil visited Estonia as part of a botanical field trip, exploring several areas in search of common and rare wildflowers. The rural nature of the country produced numerous species and what particulaly stood out were her shots of wildflower meadows carpeted with poppies and cornflowers.

Thank you to Phil for entertaining us once again!