Not one, not two, but three Hen Harriers were spotted on our recent trip to Smardale, along with some fabulous insects such as the Scottish Argus butterfly and the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Smardale has been a favourite with the Society’s members for quite a few years. It is a Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve that […]
Hilary Bedford will be starting our new season of indoor talks on 13 September at the Cutgate Baptist Church with a talk entitled Friend or Foe? The talk looks at the interaction between plants and animals and is sure to be of interest to all nature lovers. Talks cost 2 pounds for members and 3 pounds […]
A Brown Argus has been recorded in Rochdale for the first time, according to Peter Hardy County Butterfly Recorder. In fact it is only the second time it has been recorded in Greater Manchester, the first being in 2009. The butterfly was spotted by field naturalist Pete Knowles on what was once a fly tipped […]
On Saturday 14th July a group from Rochdale Field Naturalists’ Society set off on a two-centred coach trip to South Cumbria. All were relieved that the previous day’s rain had gone as both of our destinations promised sightings of a wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies. The first location was Foulshaw Moss which is a […]
A lovely sunny day, a lovely walk through the Coronation Meadow at Bell Sykes Farm, Slaidburn.
This trip took us to explore the area in and around the National Nature Reserve of Coedydd Aber in north Wales, roughly halfway between Conwy and Bangor. We started our walk from the small village of Aber (or, to give it its full name, Abergwyngregyn – you can see why it’s shortened to Aber!) which […]
The Charter for Trees, Woods and People sets out the principles for a society in which people and trees can stand stronger together. The Tree Charter was launched in Lincoln Castle on 6 November 2017; the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest. For more information see the organisation’s website at: https://treecharter.uk/ The Tree […]
The Conservation and Education team have been out and about over the past couple of months. Thursday 21st of July saw us at the old Firgrove Tip on a beautiful summer’s day where we carried out a flower survey ( and a few butterflies as well). It’s an amazing place! We found 88 species of […]
Ringlet Butterflies (Aphantopus hyperantus) in Rochdale Area In 2011 I first came across this butterfly in a grassy field in Wensleydale and knew I hadn’t previously come across it on local walks with the Rochdale Field Nats. My Butterfly guide (Thomas 2007) showed a distinct absence over most of Lancashire. Having got it into my […]
Each spring those of us who do the garden survey are asked to look out for evidence of birds breeding. Some of you may be interested to see the Breeding Evidence 2017. Thanks to Karen for producing the report.