Programme of Summer Field Excursions 2018

It is recommended that, in the event of adverse weather reports prior to a field trip the leader of the day be contacted. 

Notes for Field Trips:- Field Trips may involve walks of up to 3 miles (c 5 km). If it is known that greater distances are involved this has been shown. Please share cars where possible to minimise parking congestion at sites. The cost of the trip should be divided as agreed by those sharing the car.  A packed lunch should be taken unless the timing of the trip indicates this to be unnecessary. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Field trips end between 3.00pm and 4.00pm unless otherwise stated.

No Dogs. 

The Society uses its best endeavours to ensure the safety of people taking part in its activities. However neither it, nor its officers, nor those leading the activities accept responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience, however caused.





Tue 17 Apr Sandscale Haws for Natterjack toad calling with Neil Forbes (NT Ranger). Meet WI at 4:00pm or reserve car park at 5pm (SD200756). Finish 9.00pm. Small charge to cover NT donation. GA
Sun 29 Apr Bird & mammal recording on Myers Allotment with Dave Wrigley & Dave Foy. WI 9.45am or Myers Allotment 10.00am Finish approx 12.00 noon. Park at Leighton Moss and walk to the first gated entrance CW
Tue 8 May Gentle walk in Tilberthwaite area looking & listening for summer migrants. Meet WI 10am or Oxen Fell 11.00am (NY329023). Park just off A593. PM
Thu 17 May Trowbarrow Quarry NNR with Tony Riden. Meet WI 10.00am or Storrs Lane entrance (SD482755) at 10.15am. Morning only, limited Parking. JW
Thu 24 May Ormsgill & Barrow Slag Banks with Chris Winnick and (optional) self-guided trip to Sandscale Haws. Meet WI 9:30am or OSB car park (SD192712) at 10:30am. CW
Mon 28 May Warton Crag invertebrates with Steve Garland. Meet WI 9.45am or 10.00am in main quarry car park (SD491723), finish 2pm. CW
Fri 8 Jun Birds of Torver Low Common with Selina Tutin. Meet 9am at WI or 10am at Grid ref. SD 278937.

Park on the grass verge on the left hand side of the A593 as you head towards Broughton-in-Furness from the T junction in Torver. Grid ref: SD278937. Meeting time 10.00. We will be looking for a range of birds less regularly seen on the Society's home patch, such as whinchat, cuckoo, redstart, and breeding redpoll. The site also contains a good range of flowering plants, and gives lovely views of the Lakeland Fells.


Mon 11 Jun Walk around Haybridge with Mike Johnson. Meet WI 9:15am or Haybridge at 10.00am (SD336876) MP
16 to 23 Jun Residential visit to Northumberland JW
Fri 29 Jun Township Plantation & Whitbarrow. Meet WI 10.00am or the on site car park at 10:30am (SD453884), just above The Howe. Finish 2:30pm. CW
Mon 2 Jul Holme Park Fell Meet WI 10.00am or Clawthorpe/Hutton Roof Lane (SD552787) at 10.30am. Limited Parking. Craig McCoy, NT. JW
Mon 9 Jul Plants in the AONB Flora Recovery Programme with Ann Kitchen. Meet WI 10.00am or entrance to Ashmeadow 10.15am. Walk of approx 3 miles some steep slopes.  JW
Wed 25 Jul Flora of Hawes Water with Roger Spooner. Meet WI 10.00am or Challan Hall (SD475766) 10.15am JW
Fri 3 Aug

Cancelled due to poor weather forecast.

Visit to Julia Piggott’s Bee Reserve at Brigsteer followed by walk to NT wetland reserve with Rob Pocklington. Meet WI at 10.00am or Helsington Church 10:30am (SD488889)

The morning will be spent with Julia Piggot and after lunch on her property we will meet Rob Pocklington on the Brigsteer to Levens road. He will take us down to the hide overlooking the new wetland area. After this we will make our way back to Julia’s. She has offered to give us tea and scones before making our way back to the cars. There is therefore some descending and ascending in the afternoon over steepish ground. Note Friday morning’s forecast not looking good, so this trip may have to be cancelled and re-arranged next year. Refer to the website before setting off.

Thu 9 Aug Dragonflies at Middleton with David Talbot Meet 10.00am at WI or 10:30am at the small car park by large pond (SD417591) GA
Sun 12 Aug Butterflies & management of Smardale Gill Nature Reserve. Meet WI 9:15am or 10:15am (NY701056), road to Great Asby. Finish 3.00pm. CW
Wed 15 Aug Moth evening at Latterbarrow CWT led by Martin Tordoff  at 8.45pm till late. Parking at SD440827. Bring head torch & hand lens. If poor weather please call 07981 348148 or 01539 735935. CW
Sat 18 Aug Hunting Brown Hairstreak adults & eggs at Gait Barrow NNR with Tom Dunbar. Meet in permit holders car park at 9:15am. May be rearranged if poor weather so please register with and check website. CW
Fri 31 Aug Flora of North Walney NNR. Meet Arnside WI 9.30am or West Shore car park on Walney Island (SD170694) 10.30am for a 30 minute walk to NNR. With Steve Benn (NE) and Julie Clarke PS
Sun 2 Sep Fungus Foray with John Watt of NWFG Meet WI at 9.45am or 10.00am at Gait Barrows, finish 1.00pm or optionally stay until 4.00pm. GA


Any last minute changes, will be posted on the website.

Recorders email addresses can also be found there.

 Contact details for trip co-ordinators : 

PM               Pete Moreton         01524 762043 / 07866 668970

JW               John Webb              01524 701497

CW              Chris Winnick          01539 728254

GA               Gail Armstrong       01524 701316 / 07917 021073

PS                Peter Stevens         01524 733931

MP               Margaret Parker     01524 762451


Evening Lectures start again on  Thursday 13th September 2018.