Wednesday 10 February - Dalby Forest Adventures
Alan Eves, Management Director for the North York Moors Forest District of the Forestry Commission, will be giving an illustrated talk on the development of Dalby Forest and the forthcoming World Mountain Bike Championships to be held there this April, in the Reading Room, Church Street, Dunnington at 8pm. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.
Local amateur naturalist and Warden of our local Hassacarr Pond Nature Reserve, Terry Weston, will be giving us another of his annual spectacular photographic extravaganzas in the Reading Room at 7.30pm, by kind invitation of the Dunnington Conservation Group. This time his subject will be the landscapes and wildlife of our Yorkshire homeland. Admission is free to members and non-members.
Sunday 25 April - Visit to Holgate Windmill
Following their intriguing presentation at our recent meeting last November by Helen Hoult and Richard Green of the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society on their recent restoration work and current plans, we are invited to visit Holgate Windmill itself, which now has its new cap on top. Meet to catch the Number 10 Bus at 2.03 pm at the bus stop opposite Dunnington News, or alternatively go direct to meet at Holgate Windmill at 2.45pm.
Sunday 16 May - Visit to Chop Gate Wood
By kind invitation of Stella Harper, we are visiting an extensive and interesting wood at East Bank near Chop Gate amongst the spectacular scenery of this western section of the North York Moors. We will meet at Dunnington Reading Room car park at 10.30am in order to reach Helmsley for lunch at a suitable venue at 12 noon. Alternatively, you can join us at Chop Gate public car park (with its accompanying public conveniences!) at 2.30pm prompt before we set off up the hillside to the wood. Wear stout footwear. Let David know on 488674 if you need a lift and/or want to go to the lunch.
Wednesday 26 May - Dunnington Hedgerows & AGM
Barry Wright, who is currently completing his doctoral studies in environmental sciences at Sheffield Hallam University, will be giving an illustrated talk on the results of the hedgerow survey at our Annual General Meeting at 8pm in the Reading Room, so please do come along to see all the great work which has been done to place on record this key part of our local natural history. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.
Sunday 6 June - Cycle Ride to Moorlands Wood
Meet at 1.30pm with your bicycle outside the children’s play area in Intake Lane, Dunnington, for a cycle ride led by Olwyn to Moorlands Wood, near Skelton. Moorlands Wood is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and home to a glorious display of a great variety of colourful rhododendrons which are usually to be seen in flower at this time of year. We hope to stop off for a cup of tea and refreshments en route before we cycle back to Dunnington.
Woodland Working Parties - Conservation in Action
These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 23 January, 27 February, 13 March, 10 April, 8 May, 12 June and 10 July so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10 am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.