Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From all the Airedale Otters leaders - Cam, Joost, Chris, Les, and Nick - have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We're looking forward to an eventful and wildlife-filled 2017, with a full programme of event to be published here soon. Our fist event of 2017 will be a New Year Winter Walk on Sunday 8th January, starting at 10:30am at Hirst Wood near Saltaire. We'll be looking for woodland birds, such as Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Jay, and river birds like Grey Wagtail, Goosander, Kingfisher and Dipper. We'll also be checking for signs of any Otters along the river. We'll end with some warming drinks at the new Hirst Wood Nature Reserve. Full details to follow soon.

Also in January we will once again be partaking in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, in our usual spot at the bird hide in St Ives at 10:30am on Sunday 29th January.

We haven't posted many updates on our blog recently - sorry about that! Here are a few photos from our most recent events: Fungi Foray at St Ives on the 16th October, and the Bat Walk at St Ives on 10th September.

Bat Walk, St Ives - Saturday 10th September 2016

Watching Pipistelle Bats on the old Cross Gates Lane.

Spooky lights while watching Daubenton's Bats over the Coppice Pond

Fungi Foray, St Ives - Sunday 16th October 2016

Airedale Otter Luke pointing out a Fly Agaric fungi he found

Our expert Bob Taylor telling us about Fly Agaric fungi

 Common Earthball fungi at St Ives
 Shaggy Scalycap fungi at St Ives

Hope you can join us for our next event!