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              Events Programme - Spring 2015 

Wednesday 18th February -  Treemendous

FHW member Derek Utley will be giving an illustrated presentation on the work of the Treemendous York group that aims to reach a target of 50,000 new trees planted in the York area. Please note that this meeting will be in the Dunnington Methodist Chapel on Common Road at 8pm. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.

Tuesday 24th March -  Another Spectacular Naturalist’s Year

Local  amateur  naturalist  and  Warden of our local Hassacarr 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 2014”. It is likely to be a popular event, so come early for a seat. Admission is free to all.

Saturday 25th April  - Bluebells in Ilkley

The chance for a day out to Ilkley to take in the beauty of bluebells carpeting the local wood with the sweet air of their perfume accompanying our walk, a picnic lunch nearby and perhaps a visit to Betty’s for tea afterwards. We will aim to catch the 9.53am train from York to Leeds, such as by catching the 8.42am bus from Dunnington, and then the 10.32am train from Leeds to Ilkley, arriving at 10.59am to be met by Brian, a local FHW member, who will show us around his favourite local beauty spot. If driving, meet at 10.59am outside Ilkley station, where there is parking. Bring a packed lunch. There is also a good Weatherspoon’s in Ilkley for an afternoon meal and drink if Betty’s does not appeal.


Wednesday 27th May -  The Impact of Climate Change on Wildlife & AGM


Local Dunnington resident, and Lecturer in Biology at the University of York, Dr Colin Beale will be giving us an illustrated presentation on how climate change is affecting wildlife. With global climate change influencing the timing of biological events, such as the flowering of many plant species, Colin in his own research work has been seeking a more detailed understanding of how global climate change alters the food supply availability of common migrant birds such as Northern wheatears, which breed in northern Europe before making the long-distance flight to over-winter in sub-Saharan Africa. Colin’s research has also investigated the impact of climate change on the beautiful natural environments of Tanzania and the Serengeti. His talk will immediately follow our AGM. Meet at 8pm in the Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.


Sunday 14th June  -  A Summer Cycle Ride (this is a change from Saturday 20th June)

Another chance for some healthy exercise and fresh air. Meet outside the children’s play park on Intake Lane at 10.30am for a cycle ride to Naburn Marina via Bishopthorpe led by Olwyn, with lunch at the Marina cafe and a stop at a cafe for tea, perhaps in Rowntree Park, on the way home.

 Woodland Working Parties -  Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 31st January, 14th February, 14th March, 18th April, 9th May, 6th June and 4th July 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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