Monthly Archives: June 2015

Woolley Colliery special site visit 15th July 2015

Colin Booker has been in contact with The Coal Authority and has managed to arrange a special one-off visit to the minewater treatment plant at Woolley Colliery, Haigh. The visit will take place at 1:00pm on Wednesday 15th July and … Continue reading

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Peregrine watch proves successful

Sunday shoppers were enthralled at the sight of wild peregrines high up on the cathedral during this morning’s peregrine watch organised by Francis. People were actually gasping and squealing with delight as they looked through telescopes for the first time … Continue reading

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Butterflies at Brockadale

    Here are a few images from Brockadale. The butterflies are at their best at the moment with plenty of marbled white on the wing and lots of dark green fritillaries over a wider area than usual. Orchids are … Continue reading

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Bramham Park flowers

Bramham Park is always a delight for any naturalist and never more so than in June when it is awash with wildflowers.  Abundant common spotted orchids were amongst the unmown grass interspersed with bee orchid, yellow rattle and twayblade.  To … Continue reading

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Dragonfly event at Walton Colliery Nature Park

Walton Colliery Nature Park Friends Group, supported by Yorkshire Dragon Fly Society, are holding a ‘ Damsels & Dragonflies Event’ on site on Sunday 28th June between 10am and 12noon.  If you would like to attend this free event, please … Continue reading

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Teal on the menu

Like other peregrines, the Wakefield peregrines occasionally catch duck and their favourite species is teal. This skull is from a teal taken last winter. The base of the skull is missing because it was badly fractured. Peregrines often kill their prey by biting … Continue reading

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Wild flowers at Anglers Country Park

The bright morning soon clouded over but within a few hundred yards of the car park we came across the first few northern marsh orchids and a hybrid common spotted orchid amongst a waving cloud of meadow buttercups and fading … Continue reading

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Four Spotted Chaser at Haigh

A walk around Haigh to day produced this newly emerged four spotted chaser.

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Red-eyed Damselfly discovered in Wakefield

On 21st July 2014, Paul Meredith found a red-eyed damselfly (Erythromma najas)  at Nostell Pond  (SE39701712) and this was the first time this species was recorded locally.  At the time  there was speculation that, because of the late date, it … Continue reading

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