Graham Saunders led a bat walk at Greywell on Saturday 31st July. The evening started with visits to two Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserves. A few Marsh Helleborines were still in flower at Mapledurwell Fen and there were drifts of wetland plants such as Meadowsweet, Water Mint, Wild Angelica and Hemp-agrimony. Common [...]
Julia Cooper organised a field trip to the Roundwood Estate near Micheldever on Saturday 24th July. We are grateful to Mrs Susanna Church for giving the Society permission to visit the estate. It is one of the richest sites in Britain for arable flora and is recognised as an Important Arable Plant Area [...]
Despite overcast weather, eight brave people arrived for the regular Friday walk at 2.00pm, including several members of the Wokingham U3A group. Walking up from the stable yard, bright green new growth was visible on the Butchers Broom plant. Green walnut fruits were visible on both of the two large trees near the kissing gate.
As we entered the Pheasant Park we saw [...]
Blewburton Hill rising behind teasel.
Sixteen members met at Blewbury and walked through the village, out to and up Blewburton Hill and back. The expectation was that many butterflies would be seen but the weather ruled this out, only the most hardy species, gatekeepers, meadow browns and ringlets being noted. The [...]
This was the warmest day of the month at 31C with continuous sunshine. Nine walkers plus leaders Colin Dibb, Ricki Bull and Chris Bucke (first part of walk only) set off at 2pm and two walkers did the short walk only.
The parkland was extraordinarily dry and brown The young cattle were in the shade [...]
The year 2010 is the third in which RDNHS members have led parties of visitors to Basildon Park on nature walks around the grounds. Initially walks were held on the last Friday of each month but National Trust saw these as so successful that they requested a walk on each Friday, which is [...]
Fresh from an appointment with the physiotherapist, Martin Sell gamely led a joint BBOWT / RDNHS field trip at Walbury Hill and Coombe on Saturday 10th July, despite an injured foot. It was a walk of stunning views, first northwards across the Kennet Valley, and then into the steep-sided valley around Coombe. The walk started from [...]
Malcolm Storey arranged a visit to the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel, near Burghclere, on Tuesday 6th July. The first part of the evening was spent in the wildflower meadow of the orchard in front of the chapel. Due to the recent hot and dry weather, the meadow was a little past its best, but [...]
13 members gathered in hot sunshine on Saturday 26th June at College Lake near Tring, a reserve of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). The entrance to the reserve is through the new visitor centre, which looks out across the lake. A preliminary search of the water’s edge revealed Lapwings and an Oystercatcher [...]