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Barkers Wood Survey 26th August

A very good day surveying Barker’s wood. Twenty one of us (15 field naturalists and 6 Friends of Barker’s Wood spent the day recording the trees, other flora, and fauna to be found in the wood. Look at our report to see what we found. Barkers-Wood-report

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September Project – Ferns

This month we are focusing on Ferns. We’d like you to take a look at the ferns in your area and see if you can identify them. Have a go at photographing them and send to rfnspublicity@gmail.com and we’ll put some on our webpages, or add them to our Facebook page or upload them to our […]

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Bird Records Added

We have now added records of Birds Recorded since 1972 – 2016 to our Birds page. Summary of Bird Records from 1972 -2016 in Borough of Rochdale  

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Big Butterfly Count – August Project

As with the Dragonfly survey we’re joining in with another organisation for our August project.  Butterfly Conservation are running the The Big Butterfly count from 14th July to 6th August. Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather on any of these dates. This time of year has been chosen because most […]

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Dragonfly Survey at Watergrove

The threat of rain and an overcast sky didn’t deter us from checking out the dragonflies and damselflies at Watergrove reservoir. The Green Volunteer event, led by Jim Taylor,  attracted nine people and we managed to see at least  four species of damselfly and one dragonfly.

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National Dragonfly Challenge

Our July project will link with the British Dragonfly Society. They are running a National Dragonfly Challenge and want as many people as possible to join in. All you have to do is pick one day during Dragonfly Week (15th-23rd July) and get out and about to count the dragonflies you see at your garden pond, local river […]

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Moth morning – 17 June

A small group of 7 people attended the moth morning on Saturday 17th but what we lacked in numbers we made up in enthusiasm. 29 different species were found at Pat and Maggie’s place with the highlight probably being the Eyed Hawk moth. Other favourites were the White ermine moth and Peppered moths with their […]

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The Big Bluebell Watch – The Results

The Woodland Trust has released the resuts of the Big Bluebell watch. They collected 48,200 bluebell records across the UK. They found that:- Native bluebells are going strong. 80% of the bluebells recorded were native. South Yorkshire, Kent and Hampshire recorded the most. Spanish bluebell hotspots were as expected. Spanish bluebells were mainly recorded in developed […]

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Pocklington Canal Coach Trip, 13 May 2017

We left a cold wet Rochdale with a forecast for better weather in East Yorkshire where we headed for a place that was new to everyone but the leaders. the Pocklington Canal, and it did not disappoint. Built over three years to connect Pocklington to Hull via the river Derwent, and completed in 1818, the […]

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