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               Events Programme - Spring 2013                   

Wednesday 27th February   -   Our Woodland Birds 

Local ornithologist Barry Bishop will give an illustrated talk on the woodland birds which are likely to be seen in Hagg Wood and other local woods in the Reading Room at 8pm.  Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.
Tuesday 26th March  -   Another Spectacular Naturalist’s Year
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 “ A Naturalist’s Year 2012 - Dunnington through the Year, the Danube Delta in Spring and the Kalahari and Botswana in the Autumn", so come early for a seat.  Admission is free to all.
Saturday 11th May  -   A Spring Cycle Ride
Meet at 11.30am with your bike outside the children’s play area in Intake Lane, Dunnington, for a cycle ride led by Olwyn to York Cemetery.  We will first have lunch at 12.30pm in Fulford at the Fulford Arms, home to award winning chefs Lewis and Duncan (see We then will have a guided tour from 2.30pm onwards of York Cemetery, that is rich in history and natural history, led by Clive Dawson of the Friends of York Cemetery. If you prefer not to cycle, you are very welcome to join us for lunch at 12.30pm at the Fulford Arms or at York Cemetery at 2.30pm. We will have tea around 4pm in the Chapel (cost £2.50 per head), and then plan to cycle home.  Please let David  know on 488674 a few days before if you would like to come to the lunch.

Wednesday 29th May -   Lessons from a Forest Transformation & AGM

Nigel Rylance, the Forestry Commission’s Planning Officer will be giving us an illustrated talk on “Restoring Ancient Woodlands: Lessons from Transforming Broxa Forest” with references also to local flood alleviation schemes, immediately after our AGM.  Meet at 8pm in the Reading Room.  Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.


Saturday 1st June  -  Visit to the Himalayan Garden

Meet at the Reading Room car park at 10.30am for our trip to the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at Grewelthorpe, near Ripon.  We’ll have lunch at the Crown, Grewelthorpe at 12 noon, then go on to the spectacular woodland garden in a natural setting 850 feet above sea level, which was awarded the Environmental Project of the Year in 2009 as part of the Yorkshire Rural Awards, with 20 acres of grounds to explore.    If you would like to come to the lunch and need a lift, please let David know on 488674 by 21st May. Otherwise you can join us at 2pm at the Crown, Grewelthorpe.  Admission to the gardens is £6.50 each, with further details available on the Himalayan Garden website.   
Woodland Working Parties  -   Conservation in Action  
These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 26th January,  23rd February, 9th March, 20th April, 25th May and 22nd June so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

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