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MEETINGS: Once or twice a month on various days to minimise recurrent clashes with members' other commitments.
We are always happy to welcome new members. None of us claim to be experts but try to puzzle our way to the names of the organisms we find. If you are interested in joining us or want more information please contact us.

We usually meet at the Co-op car park, Church Road, New Mills at 10 am. The number on walks is limited only by having enough seats in cars. Attendance varies with members’ diaries, inclinations and the weather (we are sensible people, not masochists).

Come and join us. There's no limit to the number on the mailing list.

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NEXT MEETING

MARTIN MERE - Wednesday 28 February

Meet 10.00am New Mills Coop Car Park to car share.

Martin Mere, not far from Ormskirk, is owned by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust which was founded by Peter Scott. It is famous for the many thousands of migrant wild ducks, geese, waders and swans which over-winter hence the timing of our visit. However, the reserve hosts many other species of bird and also has a collection of wildfowl from around the world.

The feeding of the Whooper swans and other waterfowl with commentary from WWT staff takes place at 3.30pm. We intend to stay for their feeding and then stop at a pub on the way home for an evening meal to allow the rush-hour traffic round Manchester to die down.

Martin Mere operates a concessions rate of £10 for over 65s and there is a further discount of 10% for online bookings. Please don't book online earlier than the day before or even on the morning of the visit. The weather is unpredictable and if it is too bad we may need to cancel the visit.

Fred and Dave.


2018 Meetings
Wednesday 28 February Martin Mere
Thursday 22 March Carsington Water
Friday 13 April Lyme Park
Wednesday 9 May Stanage Edge & Longshaw Estate
Tuesday 29 May Tideswell - Lead Rakes & Dale
Monday 18 June Hartington Meadows
Thursday 12 July Taxal & Errwood Reservoir
Tuesday 31 July Lathkill Dale
Wednesday 22 August Gradbach & Danebridge
Thursday 13 September Millers Dale
Monday 8 October Old Moor
Oct/Nov High Tide Watch & Burton Mere


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TITTESWORTH WATER

(photos taken by Jean)

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Longshaw Estate (photos taken by Jean Windsor)

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spear thistle, tormentil

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eyebright, black medick
fungus? (note no gills), heather

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meadow vetchling (?), cricket (species unknown)
hawkweed, sneezewort

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greater spotted birdwatchers!!!

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RSPB OLD MOOR

Photos taken by

Jean Windsor

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tansy
storksbill
Common Toadflax
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Common Storksbill
crown-vetch
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Crown Vetch
Purple Loosestrife
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Hartington
Meadows

photos taken by
Jean Windsor

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goat's beard

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Stannage Edge
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Padley Gorge

(photos taken by
Pat and Jean)

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Reddish Vale Country Park

(photos taken by Jean Windsor)
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Pennington Flash
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September 2017