Tag Archives: Wakefield Naturalists

Wildflowers of St Aiden’s RSPB reserve

Instead of ‘birding’ our group were looking at the huge variety of wildflowers now establishing in this relatively new RSPB nature park. Just looking around the edge of car park area we saw bristly ox-tongue, cut leaved cranesbill, spotted medick, … Continue reading

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Sightings from Woolley Colliery

I had a quick trip down to Haig yesterday. Despite my efforts earlier in the year, it is getting pretty overgrown. It is full of singing blackcap; willow,  sedge, and reed warblers, reed buntings and a load of bird song I … Continue reading

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Excitement at Altofts

A lot of fuss in the sky attracted my attention and there were four lapwings mobbing a red kite! (And it was on the Wakefield side of the M62,- tho’ only just!). I also heard skylark singing, saw a small tortoiseshell, … Continue reading

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The weekend’s snow in Wrenthorpe

My last report of finding wildflowers on 4th January this year all seems even more remarkable now following the recent snow.  I attach a photo of our Wrenthorpe garden taken yesterday 17 January 2016.  It reminded me of a similar … Continue reading

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RSPB Old Moor flower walk

Primarily a bird watching paradise, Old Moor has developed into a varied habitat for wildflowers, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies.   On our short walk today we were able to enjoy meadow brown butterflies, ringlets and small skippers amongst the purple loose-strife, … Continue reading

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Garden birdwatch: Wrenthorpe sparrowhawk

How exiting can a bleary-eyed glimpse out of the upstairs windows be on a grey and grim morning at the end of February.  Usually not at all, but this morning was different when I slowly focused on a sparrowhawk perched … Continue reading

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