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              Events Programme - Spring 2018 

Wednesday 28th February: The Disappearing Hedgehog

Dr Toni Bunnell’s illustrated presentation will be at 8pm in the Reading Room. Admission is free to members, non-members £1.50, and refreshments 50p.


Wednesday 21st March: A Naturalist’s Year

Local expert amateur naturalist Terry Weston will be giving us another of his annual wildlife photographic extravaganzas in the Reading Room at  7.30pm,  by kind invitation of the Dunnington Conservation Group. Admission is free but arrive in good time!.


Friday 23rd March: A Visit to Discover How Our Waste is Recycled     

 We will meet at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 9.00am, and then drive to the St Bernards Mill Recycling plant in Gelderd Road, Leeds (LS27 7NA) for our guided tour at 11am, which we expect to last till 12.30pm, when we can then visit the nearby Gildersome Arms on Gelderd Road (LS27 7LL) for a pub lunch at 1pm. Places on the visit are limited and you will need to book your tour place and optional lunch place with Brian on or 07443597769 beforehand. We will have a waiting list once all 15 places are taken and aim to organize a similar visit soon afterwards if demand is high, so do let Brian know if you would like to come.


Wednesday 30th May: The Black Stuff & AGM

After 25 years working in industry and on medical education, human communication and psychology as a cognitive scientist, Dr Jean McKendree changed her career goals by taking an MSc in Environmental Science at the University of York, and postgraduate study at Loughborough University, specialising in the vegetation of upland peat bogs. She is now an Executive Officer at the Non-Native Species Secretariat, working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in York. Her illustrated presentation, entitled “The Black Stuff – estimating burning on a grouse moor using recent carbon deposits”, draws on her research and 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 17th June: Cycle Ride and Visit to Burnby Hall

Meet at 11am outside the children’s play area in Intake Lane for our cycle ride to Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington, along a 26 mile cross-country round trip. We plan to have a picnic lunch at Burnby Hall at about 12.30pm, when you can meet us if you are coming by car, with light meals and refreshments also available at the Lilypad Café on site. We then have a chance to look round the magnificent displays of water lilies and other plants in the gardens, and to listen to the Swinton and District Excelsior Band from 2pm to 4pm. We plan to return home via a café tea stop in Stamford Bridge. Admission to the Gardens is £5 for Adults and £4.30 for Seniors, plus bring a packed lunch.


Woodland Working Parties: Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of Saturdays 10th February, 10th March, 21st April, 26th May, 9th June, and 21st July, so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the wood end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.


Please contact Elaine on or 01904-481520 to join or pay your subscription if you have not already done so. 


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