Programme of Summer Field Excursions 2020

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.





Mon 27th

Spring Walk at Hay Bridge with Mike Johnson.

WI at  9.15am or Hay Bridge CP at 10.00am (SD336876)

Bring packed lunch. 

Members free but non members of Hay Bridge will be expected to make a donation. (This may be done by the society from the donations collected on the day)

Wed 20th

The Insects of Wood and Meadow.

Old Park Wood, Hutton Roof with Steve Garland. 

WI  at 9.30am or Hutton Roof village at 10.00am (SD570781)

Meet at southern end of Hutton village to go to Old Park Wood, the flower rich meadow adjacent.  Moth trap, weather permitting.  Take packed lunch.  Net/specimen jar also helpful!
Wed 27th

Summer Migrants in Borrowdale with Pete Moreton. 

WI at 9.00am or 10.30am on the Grange to Hollows Farm Road (NY252173) 

5 miles fell path and tracks with some easy climbing

The day consists of a walk along the Borrowdale valley from Grange to near Seatoller following low fell paths and returning along the river. Distance about 5 miles. Some modest amount of climbing and descending, including one steepish section. Fell paths and tracks. Target species -  summer migrants including cuckoo, pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler and garden warbler.

Wed 3rd

Trowbarrow Quarry with Dougie Watson, AONB,

WI at 9.45am or 10.00am at Storrs Lane, NE of Causeway, opp. side of road by kissing gate into golf course.(SD48023 75368)

Parking either at Leighton Moss and walk if you are a member or on the road side near the start.

Half day trip. 

Carry a flask and food if you feel hungry before 1.00pm when we expect to be finished

Fri 12th

Roudsea NNR with Rob Petley-Jones.   

WI at 9.20am or 10.00am at car park on outside of reserve (SD329827)

Mon 15th

Botany walk on Warton Crag with Roger Spooner. 

WI at 10.00am or 10.15am at Warton Crag Main Quarry CP (SD491723)

Roger hopes to get to the top of the Crag then wander down so lunch would be advisable (but trip could easily be cut short if weather or people want).  Might even find Clausilia dubia (an uncommon type of snail) at the top!

Residential trip to North Wales with Chris Winnick             

Tues 30th

Moth morning with Brian Hancock

WI at 9.00am or 9.15am at No. 21, Laurel Bank, Yealand Conyers (SD503743)   

Finishing about 11.00am

Thurs 2nd

The Orchids and wildlife of Hutton Roof with Bryan Yorke 

WI at 9.30am or 10.00am in lay-bys on Clawthorpe Road (SD543 782)  

Some rough areas on the 3 mile walk to see orchids together with their variants and hybrids.  Also birds and butterflies.  Full day so bring packed lunch.  Boots or similar essential.
Mon 6th

Birds, butterflies, flowers, dragonflies at Hodbarrow  with Ian Brodie.  

WI at 9.15am, 10.30am at RSPB car park.  (SD176790)

Walk around 3-4 miles mostly on tracks and quite level.  Can go whatever the weather as plenty of flora.  Maybe time for coffee in Millom before start? 

Lunch will be taken in bird hide. 

Directions to RSPB car park: on entering Millom turn left over the railway bridge, immediately after the station, into St George’s Road.  Go down this road, pass the shops and public toilets, and then right into Mainsgate Road.  At end of this straight road turn left on track to CP. 

Mon 13th

Butterflies of Brigsteer Park Wood & Flash Bank with  Rob Pocklington and Chris Winnick. 

WI at 10.00am or 10.30am at Wood car park where very limited parking. (SD488876)   

Joint with BC    

Directions:  Off A590, signed Levens.  At Hare and Hounds pub bear left and go straight through the village to Brigsteer road and park at the Wood entrance

Sun 19th

Recording and Identification Day with Butterfly Conservation, 10.30am to 04.00pm at Levens Village Institute.   Booking essential   See BC Lancs or Cumbria website for details.

Wed 22nd

Butterflies of White Scar & Farrar’s Allotment,  Whitbarrow. 

WI at 10.00am or 10.30am park on former A590, near turning to Raven’s Lodge Farm (SD46856511).           

Farrar’s Allotment is located on the south east end of Whitbarrow Scar.  From either direction along the A590 turn off this road (from Barrow direction) at the last turning left before or the first turning right after (from Kendal direction) the A5074 Lyth Valley road (SD466852). 

Joint with BC       
Thurs 30th

Dragonflies with David Talbot . 

WI at 9.15am or 10.00am at Middleton boating lake car park (SD41895906)   

Wed 5th

Red Squirrel project, far Arnside.  A walk with  Bob Hamnett to see work being undertaken. 

WI at 9.45am or 10.00am at NT car park, Arnside Knott (SD451775)     

Tues 11th

The Butterflies, Wildlife & Management of Myers Allotment with Dave Wrigley.  

WI at 9.45am or 10.00am at Myers reserve. 

Morning only.

Meet the second (top) gate on The Row (SD475752). 

Limited parking on site, so suggest park at RSPB Leighton Moss and walk across. (RSPB members only).
Mon 17th

‘Who said there are no birds in August?’  Local birding with John Webb.

 WI at 9.00am or 9.15am at Wolf House, Silverdale.  Jack Scout, Jenny Brown’s Point…

“August is a waste of time”.  “You never see any birds in August”.  So, what can we see locally?  Morning walk to Jack Scout, Jenny Brown’s Point, embankment to Eric Morecambe hide, return via Heald Brow.  Approx 3.5 miles

Afternoon at Leighton Moss  (SD463742)

Tues 25th

The birds and wildlife of Fell End reserve with Paul Trowell.  

WI 9.45am or Fell End car park at 10.00am  (SD4987770)

Morning only .

Tues 8th

Fungus Foray with Helen Speed.

WI at 10.15am or 10.30am at Eaves Wood CP (SD471759)          



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

Contact details for trip co-ordinators : 

MJ             Mike Johnson         01524 761450 / 07540767744

SG          Steve Garland        01524 730812

PM             Pete Moreton           01524 762043 / 07866 668970

PS              Peter Stevens         01524 733931 / 07933292182

RS             Roger Spooner       01524 701619

CW            Chris Winnick          01539 728254

BH             Brian Hancock       07557 995452

IB               Ian Brodie                015395 61345

JR             Jennifer Rae            01524 762193

DW            Dave Wrigley            01524 805527

JW             John Webb               01524  701497

PT             Paul Trowell              015395 64096


Evening Lectures start again on  Thursday 10th September 2020.