Programme of Summer Field Excursions 2021

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.



Summer Programme 2021






Booking is required for all trips in order to comply with Covid 19 group size restrictions, until they are lifted.

If restrictions are lifted on June 21st as planned by the Government this requirement will no longer apply.

Please book at Arnside & District Natural History Society






Wed 19th



The Insects of Wood and Meadow.

Dalton Crags with Steve Garland. 

WI at 9.30am or Plain Quarry CP at 10.00am (SD 55244 76171)

Meet at Plain Quarry CP and walk up to Lancelot Clark Storth.  Moth trap, weather permitting.  Take packed lunch.  Net/specimen jar also helpful!



Mon 24th

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 2nd


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


Mon 14th

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             


Mon 28th

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)  

This trip has a limit of 20 persons. Booking through Arnside & District Natural History Society  is required


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.

Message from Bryan below :-

We will start by doing the climb up to Burton Fell (20-30mins). I must warn you that some of the areas on Burton Fell are loose limestone boulders and can be very dangerous to anyone who may not be too steady. I want to try and stress this so that you get some idea. Hopefully on the way up I can show you a "White variety" of Self Heal.  Once on the Orchid grounds I am hoping I can show you lots of nice variety within the atrorubens and possibly a hybrid.  I also want to point out that there are orchids everywhere and we must try and be careful to just where we stand, but I am sure we will be OK.  So we will spend a hour or two on the orchids, then carry on across and into Lancelot, checking out more orchids and hopefully the Montanum (Pale St. Johns) and checking lots of other stuff before making our way across to the lower part of Lancelot to check out the Birds Foot Sedge (carex ornithopodia). Then we will make our way back across into Burton and back to the cars.





Fri 2nd

Moth morning with Brian Hancock. 

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

Finishing about 11.00am


Mon 5th

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 12th

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)   

Please book your place on this trip directly with Chris Winnick

Contact Chris or 01539 728254

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.



Thurs 15th

Roudsea NNR with Rob Petley-Jones.   

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



Possibility of joining BC for additional butterfly focussed trips during July


Tues 27th

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).






Thurs 5th Aug

Dragonflies with David Talbot. 

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





Mon 9th


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) 






Mon 23rd

Bats at Leighton Moss with Gail Armstrong.

Leighton Moss RSPB Car Park at 8.00pm






Fri 3rd

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.




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

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

DW            Dave Wrigley            01524 805527

PT             Paul Trowell              015395 64096