Programme of Summer Field Excursions 2019

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.





Thur 25 Apr eve Cancelled

I have been on a recce and found that no Woodcock are flying in the area this year. There has been tree felling adjacent to the site, which may have affected the habitat. Additionally the weather forecast is for windy weather, and woodcock do not usually fly in such conditions

Roding Woodcock on Warton Crag - WI at 7.40 p.m. or Warton Crag CP at 8 p.m. (SD491723)

This trip involves a 1 mile walk up hill to the roding site.  Stout footwear needed and bring a torch.  If the weather is awful this event will be cancelled.  Please check the website or phone Pete Stevens if in doubt.

27 Apr to 4 May Residential trip to Menorca PM
Wed 1 May pm only Spring Walk with Ian Brodie at Low Park Wood, Sizergh, for spring flowers and birds and management. Afternoon only.  WI at 1.30 p.m. or 2 p.m. at Low Wood Caravan site, opp. Reception building (SD509878)

Afternoon walk of less than 2 miles. A walk through this largely semi-natural woodland, mostly on paths and tracks, to view early spring flowers.  The management of the woodland will also be covered.  Spring migrant birds may also be present.  The walk will pass by the historic gunpowder works and, for those who have not been to this part of the River Kent, the most dramatic gorge on the river.

Thurs 9 May Summer Warblers, fell birds and flowers in the Duddon Valley.   WI at 9 a.m. or 10.30 a.m. at SD193897 (Duddon Hall). 

Walk of approx. 5 miles,  mostly on tracks/roads with some climbing. Finish late afternoon. 

This is the walk entitled Duddon Challenger in Wilson and Hindle’s book Bird Watching Walks around Morecambe Bay. The leader does not have any experience of it at the time of year we are going. The walk/location may change if subsequent research indicates an alternative might be better.

Mon 13 May Dear Members and friends......while the last 10 days has given us wonderful weather it has impacted on our wild life: not least the bluebells and other Spring flowers for our OXENBER and WHARFE woods walk for Monday 13th May. I went yesterday to check progress and they will be at their best in early May [and slightly passed their best on 13/5/19] With this in mind I ask that all who can please attend on MONDAY 6TH as per programme but one week earlier. I hope this will be convenient to all but if you cannot make the earlier date and would still like to go I will also be at Elaine's café as per programme on Monday 13th May......for those who have not been before I would not want any one to miss out! [PLEASE NOTE.....I will not be at the Arnside WI at 9.45am so if you need a lift please make your arrangements in advance] Best wishes, Chris. [] 

Spring flowers of Oxenber and Wharfe Woods, Feizor WI at 9.45 a.m. or 10.30 a.m at Elaine’s Café car park, Feizor.  Turn left off the A65 2 miles south of Clapham on to a single track road signed to Feizor.

Most of this circular walk is easy to moderate but boots needed especially as could be muddy in places.  Also little cover if wet!   Finish by 2 p.m.   

Suggest at least some of us buy refreshments/drinks at the café upon return or give a donation for using the carpark

Mon 20 May Spring walk round Hay Bridge with Mike Johnson. Meet at WI at 9.15 a.m. or 10.30.a.m. at Hay Bridge car park (SD336876)

The day will consist of a walk round the woods at Hay Bridge looking at bluebells, maybe grass snakes, hopefully wood warblers, spotted flycatchers, pied flycatchers, redstarts and other woodland birds, plus ospreys and possibly honey buzzards.   Around 2 miles gentle walking.  Bring packed lunch and eat at the visitor centre watching the ospreys.  Afternoon walk, approx. 2 miles, around the raised peat bog along the boardwalks – maybe cuckoo and also butterflies.  Aim to finish around 3.30 p.m.

Mon 27 May CWT Brown Robin reserve, Grange-over-Sands - Steve Garland to discover a wide range of insects. WI at 9.30a.m. or 10 a.m. in car park at the back of the Cumbria Grand Hotel (on the right as you enter Grange-over-Sands)

Weather permitting ends 3.00-4.00 p.m.  See CWT website for reserve details.

Thurs 6 June Hodbarrow – Birds, butterflies and flowers - Keith Williams.  Target species – Little Tern. WI at 9.15 a.m. or Haverigg Beach car park at 10.30 a.m. (SD161785)

Walk of about 3 miles. Flat on tracks/roads.

Tues 11 June The Flowers of Fell End Nature Reserve - Julie Clarke. WI at 9.30 a.m. or 9.45 a.m. at reserve car park (SD498777)

Fell End nature reserve is in its’ infancy and constructive comments would be appreciated to ensure it prospers

Tues 18 June
Orchids of CWT Waitby Greenriggs - Alan Gendle. WI at 9.30 a.m. or 10.30 a.m. ( NY757085).  Limited  roadside parking near bridge. Morning walk but can extend to Smardale pm.

CWT Waitby Greenriggs is off the Smardale Road, near Kirkby Stephen.  Easy walking.  This trip is to last 2 hours, i.e. until 12.30 p.m.  Option to visit Smardale in the afternoon – see website for details.   

Visit Waitby Greenriggs to see the finest show of orchids in the NW.  After this guided walk lead by Alan Gendle, the warden at Waitby Greenriggs, this trip can be extended to a day trip spending the afternoon at Smardale.  A packed lunch will be required if extending this trip

Fri 28 June Fell End Nature Reserve – Moths & Butterflies - Brian Hancock and Chris Winnick.  WI at 9.15 a.m. or 9.30 a.m. at Fell End reserve car park (SD498777)

Fell End Nature Reserve is in its’ infancy and constructive comments would be appreciated to ensure it prospers

Wed 10 Jul Swindale/Haweswater project - Lee Schofield, RSPB  Warden.  WI at 9.30 a.m. or 10.30 a.m. at the entrance to Swindale (NY5215214238). For  parking arrangements see map on website.  3 hour walk over rough, but not steep, terrain.

The 3 hour walk will include a lunch break (please bring a packed lunch).  Good footwear is required, plus insect repellent.  Especially good for botanists. 

Sat 27 July The Butterflies and management of White Scar and Farrer’s Allotment, Whitbarrow.  WI at 9.30 a.m or 10 a.m. at Raven’s Farm (off the A590 Barrow Road) (SD462867). 

This is a fairly long and moderately difficult walk.  Joint with BC.If weather good, could be 20+ species of butterflies including large fritillaries, Grayling and Wall.  Finish 4 p.m. 

This is a new ‘longish’ walk of moderate difficulty.  Wear boots or good walking shoes and bring a camera, hat, drink and packed lunch.  Beware ticks!    

Fri 2 Aug Visit to Julia Piggott’s bee reserve at Brigsteer followed by a walk to NT wetland reserve with Rob Pocklington. WI at 10 a.m. or Helsington Church at 10.30 a.m. (SD488889)

A couple of miles walk on steepish slopes, up and down. Finish 3- 4 pm. 

After the bee reserve visit Rob will guide us to the NT reserve. There is then an invitation to return to Julia’s house where she is offering tea, scones, jam and cream ! This involves walking down the slope from Julia’s house and back again. Anyone familiar with Brigsteer will appreciate the slopes in question aren’t exactly gentle.

Thurs 8 Aug Waders in summer plumage, Sunderland Point.  WI at 10 a.m., or 10.30 a.m. at Sunderland Point car Park.  (Please check website beforehand).

Gentle walk around the tip of Sunderland Point. 

The purpose of this trip is to try and see returning summer waders still in their summer plumage. Target species, knot, bar tailed godwit and grey plover. All these birds are stunning whilst retaining their breeding plumage, but it is quickly lost in favour of their brown/grey winter garb once they migrate to their winter quarters.

Sun 11 Aug Cancelled due to bad weather.

Butterflies and wild flowers of CWT Smardale Gill. WI at 9.15 a.m. or 10.15 (NY701056).

Although mainly gentle walking it is a 4-5 hour walk and could be muddy in places.  

Bring good footwear, a camera, hat and food and drink.  Stunning scenery and flowers and in good weather lots of butterflies – including one of the largest Scotch Argus colonies in the UK.

Thurs 22 Aug Red Squirrels at Snaizeholme, Hawes.  WI at 9.20 a.m. or 10.30 a.m. on layby on B6225 (SD836886). Limited parking so car share if possible.

Please note suggested parking site is not a marked parking area and is approx. 400m after Snaizeholme bridge going towards Hawes on the right hand side.  Parking is limited to about 5/6 cars so please car share where possible.

Pete will hope to be at the parking area early to highlight the location. 

Distance approx. 2 miles to the squirrel feeding site each way and a total climb of 300 ft.  the route is an out and back but there is the opportunity to walk further if you wish and make a circuit within the reserve.  We will walk into the Snaizeholme squirrel reserve on footpaths and therefore stout footwear is needed along with drinks and a packed lunch.  Great opportunity to photograph squirrels         

Sat 7th Sept A Moth Morning in Brian Smith’s Garden. WI at 9.15 a.m. or Mawsons, Ridgeway Park, Silverdale (SD463738) at 9.30 a.m. Park on road to Jenny Brown Point and walk past main house


New parking arrangements.

From Brian Hancock.

I have been to meet Brian Smith to discuss arrangements he lives in the house right at the back of the estate. There is very limited  parking and his neighbours in the main house get annoyed if their spaces are taken The programme and website say park on the road to Jenny Browns point and walk past the main building in Ridgeway park. That parking is also very limited as the road to JBP is very narrow with very few parking spaces.

I suggest that people park near the Wolf House Gallery and walk down allowing at least 15 mins. Once on the main drive of the Ridgeway estate follow the road round passing the large house on your right. I will arrange for myself of someone to be at the end of the drive to help them find the way into the Mawson garden. Its not easy to describe.




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

CW                  Chris Winnick          01539 728254

PS                    Peter Stevens         01524 733931

MJ                    Mike Johnson    01524 761450/07540767744

RB                    Roger Boughton   01524 874949

IB                     Ian Brodie 015395 61345


Evening Lectures start again on  Thursday 12th September 2019.