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                                                          Events Programme - Autumn 2017 

Friday 29th September -  Fungal Foray

Today we have the opportunity to explore Hagg Wood for the many kinds of fungi which typically emerge in the undergrowth of the wood at this time of year. We will be guided around the wood by Malcolm Greaves, an enthusiastic amateur mycologist and Recorder of the Mid-Yorkshire Fungus Group. The many varieties and shapes of the mushrooms and other fungi to be found in the wood add to the Autumnal colours of the wood, though typically should definitely not be eaten as they may well also be poisonous. We will meet at 5pm at the main Notice Board in the wood near the Intake Lane entrance.  As parking space is limited, if you are coming by car it is best to find an appropriate parking space along Intake Lane before it becomes a single track. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for exploring the undergrowth in the wood, where brambles do grow! The event is free to members of FHW but there will be a charge of £5 for non-members.

Saturday 14th October  -  Visit to Howsham Mill

Howsham Mill is an 18th Century watermill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Malton. It was designed by John Carr of York as an architecturally unique Gothic-style garden folly. It has more recently been restored as an education centre and as a generator of renewable water-powered energy. We will meet outside the Children’s Play area on Intake Lane at 10am for a cycle ride to Howsham Mill led by John Eastwood. Alternatively, directions for travel by car for visiting Howsham Mill, which is 9 miles north-east of York and 3 miles from the A64, can be found on We will aim to meet together at the Howsham Mill car park at 11.30am for a guided tour of the Mill. Please bring a packed lunch. We hope to call in at the Balloon Tree cafe at Gate Helmsley for tea on our return journey back to Dunnington.

 Wednesday 22nd November  -  The Hazel Dormouse – A Yorkshire Perspective

Dr Geoff Oxford, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York, and a leading member of the Yorkshire Mammal Group, will be giving us a fascinating illustrated presentation into the life of this attractive tiny mammal. The hazel (or common) dormouse lives in deciduous woodland, hedgerows and dense scrub, but is rarely seen in the wild, partly because it is nocturnal, but also because it is now less common than its alternative name suggests. Meet at Dunnington Reading Room at 8pm. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.

Sunday 7th January -   New Year Lunch

Brighten up the dark days of winter by joining us for our now traditional New Year Lunch. Meet at 11am outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane for an optional woodland walk beforehand, or at 1.15pm for a drink before the lunch at 1.30pm at the Dunnington Sports Centre. To book your place at the lunch, contact Michael on York 489013 or on  by 20th December . The menu options can be viewed here.

Woodland Working Parties  -  Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 30th September, 21st October, 25th November, 9th December 2017 and 6th January 2018,  Meet at 10am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies and suitable clothing.


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