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Our next coach walk
Ings (not Sedbergh!) – Saturday 7th August
The coach will stop at Truckhaven for coffee and toilets around 10 o’clock. The walk around Ings has some great views of Windermere and the Lake District fells. It’s a walk I’ve led before but I’m making a few changes. The mileage will be reduced to around 5 miles, which will give us more time to admire the scenery and to go more slowly up the inclines. We will not be rushing at any point! The walk mainly has gates, with very few stiles, and is over a mixture of paths, tracks and lanes. I hope the weather is kind and that you’ll be able to join us. Chris B

With the relaxing of some Covid restrictions there is no longer a need to let us know whether or not you will be coming with us on the coach.
For information the coach is white, with blue writing. Covid restrictions still apply – masks must be worn on the coach, and hand sanitizer applied (provided by Ian, our coach driver).
Subs for the year are £10. If you are new to the club, you do not need to pay subs until you have done 2 trips.

24th July Rivington walk
Hi everyone. Because tomorrow’s walk leader is unwell the walk has been changed to Beetham, led by Chris Butler. The walk is approximately five and a half miles. We will be stopping at Truckhaven for drinks and toilets, before being dropped off at Beetham for a lovely walk which includes the Fairy Steps and a walk along the estuary.

Wednesday 21st July
Anne and Mike have had to cancel the mid-week outing this Wednesday because of the high temperature.

Wednesday 14th July 2021
The mid-week outing planned for 14th July in the Stanley Park area has now been cancelled due to the unavailability of Mike Gosling.

10th July Arnside walk
Diane will be leading a 6 mile circular walk around Silverdale, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, on Saturday, 10th July.
We will start the walk at Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve, passing through fields, tracks and woods before reaching the Estuary. We will then continue along footpaths until we descend and pass by Leighton Hall, continuing on until we finally return to the RSPB Nature Reserve. We will have the opportunity to look in the Public Hides, where we may catch a glimpse of some spectacular wildlife including Otters, Bitterns, Bearded Tits and Marsh Harriers 🤞. We will then make our way to the Visitor Centre for refreshments.
Let’s hope we get some good weather!

26th June Arnside walk
There are two new reports with photos from Karin Worden and Simon Graham

Mid week outing report
Barry Dyson has submitted a report about the Newbiggin Crag outing from 30th June 2021

Recent Saturday walk reports
Diane Whitworth sent a report with photos from our Arnside walk on the 26th June 2021,
and Jean Threlfall sent a report and these photos.
Linda Paterson Hoey sent a report with photos from our Marton Mere walk on the 12th June 2021.

Mere Sands Wood mid-week walk report, 16th June 2021
Owen and Carol have sent in a report from the outing.

Our next walk
Our first walk with a coach journey, postponed till after the lockdown easing, will be 26th June, with a change of location from Winster to Arnside.
The next coach outing will be to Silverdale on 10th July instead of Ulverston.
If members and non members could use this link to indicate their interest in the first two coach outings it would help with the organisation. We will not be taking bookings.
Since some venues may not be ready to receive coach outings yet, members are advised to bring extra refreshments and drinks. Toilet stops could be at Truckstop if required.
Ian wishes everyone to wear a face mask on the coach and he will provide hand sanitizer.

To try to co-ordinate future mid-week walks so that members have an idea who might turn up, I’ve created a Post similar to the one above for the coach outings, so that members can indicate their attendance.

Recent walk
The walk round Marton Mere on Saturday 12th June was another opportunity for members to meet and catch up, and to again enjoy an easy walk in preparation for the more strenuous coach outings. The weather was good with a stop for ice creams and drinks in Stanley Park before walking back to the car park.

Brock Bottoms mid-week walk report
Anne and Mike have submitted a report of their walk at Brock Bottoms today, 2nd June 2021

June update
The walk on 29th May at Stanah was well attended and was the first opportunity for many members to meet up again. We hope to see you again for the walk round Marton Mere on 12th June, starting from The DeVere Hotel.
Please note that Dave’s walk on 24th July has been changed from Ambleside to Rivington.

May Update
Committee Quorum: Chris Butler, Simon Graham, Julie McGough, Diane Whitworth.
In accordance with Covid Regulations we met in the open at Stannah Country Park. All meetings and coach outings have been cancelled since March of 2020 but the programme has been drawn up for this year and we wanted to discuss when it could resume.
Lockdown easing on the 17th May means we can meet for a walk with members so we are advertising our first walk without a coach journey as 29th May, 1.00 pm, at Stanah Country Park and the second as 12th June, 1.00pm, at Devere, Blackpool.
Our first walk with a coach journey, postponed till after the next lockdown easing, will be 26th June, with a change of location to Arnside, and not the Lake District to avoid traffic.
The next coach outing will be to Silverdale on 10th July instead of Ulverston.
Ian wishes everyone to wear a face mask on the coach and he will provide hand sanitizer.

If members and non members could use this link to indicate their interest in the upcoming programme it would help with the organisation. We will not be taking bookings.
Since some venues may not be ready to receive coach outings yet, members are advised to bring extra refreshments and drinks. Toilet stops could be at Truckstop if required.
Any subscriptions paid last year will be carried forward to this year.

Wednesday Naturalist Walks to be as stated in the programme but confirm with the leader.

2021/2022 programme
Although we still cannot resume our coach outings, we are now publishing this season’s programme. The destinations may be subject to changes nearer the dates, and where possible these will be announced here and on the club’s Facebook page.

March update
As expected, the walks planned for Saturdays 6th and 29th March, and the lecture on Wednesday the 10th will not go ahead. Nor will the buffet lecture planned for Friday the 26th. And it’s doubtful that the April walks will go ahead either. But of course if anything changes it will be announced here and on the group’s Facebook page.

February update
The current lockdown restrictions mean that the Lancaster to Brookhouse walk planned for Saturday will not go ahead. It is unlikely that either of the walks planned for March will go ahead either, and the same applies to the planned lectures.

North Western Naturalists’ Union
We are an affiliated club and normally receive a printed copy of their twice yearly booklet. However they have now started to produce their quite detailed booklet in pdf form. This link will open it in a new window, and there is a link to their website on our Links page.

Lake District on TV
If you want a taste of what we’re missing, tomorrow night BBC4 is screening the 2nd film in the trilogy “The Life Of A Mountain”, this episode covering Scafell. Next week it’s Blencathra, and the episode covering Helvellyn, shown Tuesday, is available on BBC iPlayer. Here is a link to the website for more information.

January update
Unfortunately, now that Lancashire is in Tier 4 it is unlikely that we can go ahead with the walk at The DeVere on Saturday 6th February.

December update
Unfortunately, now that Lancashire has been moved into Tier 4 we cannot go ahead with the walk at Stanah/Skipool on Saturday, 2nd January 2021.
Despite the doom and gloom I hope you manage to have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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Keep safe, stay positive and take extra care

Coronavirus
It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel all forthcoming events for our group. This is because of Government advice to curtail non essential travel and gatherings.
I wish that everybody stays safe, looks after themselves and their loved ones and neighbours.
We will keep the lines of communication open through the website and Facebook.
Julie, Secretary

Winter Lectures
We have had an update from the Baptist Church where we hold our lectures.
They could accept us having meetings there with the following restrictions in place:

  • We would need a Covid Policy that they agree with
  • The room would require sanitising before and after the meeting
  • We could not use the kitchen to make refreshments
  • We could not use the toilet facilities
  • We would have to socially isolate, currently 2 metres apart, which would reduce the numbers who could attend
  • We would have to wear face masks.

In view of this the Committee agreed that we would cancel the lectures for this year and review the situation for 2021 in the New Year. We felt our members would not want to attend lectures under these conditions. Carole has been asked to communicate this to the lecturers.
Additionally the coach outings are cancelled until further notice. The restrictions make it economically unviable for the club.

We will review our calendar of events when we are able.

“Our Lancashire”
Fylde Naturalists’ has registered with this website. It is an exciting new website at the forefront of a Lancashire wide initiative linking groups and communities under the banner “Let’s Join Together”. It is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the website is dedicated to not-for-profit organisations – providing space to advertise the amazing work they do, promote their upcoming events, get their message out to new members or potential volunteers and network with other organisations. In other words it is a hub for local groups that offer social activity, support and friendship to the people of Lancashire – groups who put smiles on faces, strengthen communities and make Lancashire a greater place to live, work and play.
Although currently groups are not meeting as they follow government guidelines in response to Covid-19/coronavirus, social groups will have an enormous significance in the coming months and are continuing to prepare for the time when general social activities and support can resume – and people can get back together! All groups are welcome to register and publish with Our Lancashire now, in the hope that with a little more time on their hands, people can be looking for, and looking forward to – new and even more social activity.
Individuals can join and additional benefits include accessing information on funding, training and support, and 6 (15 during coronavirus crisis) free DBS checks for volunteers of groups with less than £150K turnover. Visit the site at:https://ourlancashire.org.uk/ and take a look at what we offer, and the groups and events listed so far.

Colin Rogers
For those who may not be aware, Colin passed away recently (click here for more details and to leave a comment if you wish).

Bill Taylor
For those who may not be aware, Bill passed away on 13th April (click here for more details and to leave a comment if you wish).

Turton & Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs walk, 7th March
Simon has posted a report from the recce on 25th February
Dave has posted some images from the walk on the 7th March

Chipping walk, 22nd February 2020
Rosemary has posted a review of her Chipping walk
Simon has posted a review of the Chipping walk

Lytham walk, 8th February 2020
Simon has posted a review of the Lytham walk

Chocolate Fudge Crinkle Biscuits
Here is the recipe for the biscuits shared on the Marton Mere walk, and here is my report on how it went.

The Coffin Trail
One of the walks we do follows part of the Coffin Trail from Grasmere. This historical explanation about it was posted on Facebook recently.

Dates change
The dates of the walks in March have been swapped around.

Scorton Walk, 16th November
Diane’s report is here.

Ian Hegarty success
This was published in The Evening Gazette on Wednesday.

Pond Trail events
The Friends of North Blackpool Pond trail (NBPT) have issued a programme of events for 2020. Click here to see it.

Reports
There are a number of detailed mid-week outings reports for the Naturalists from Owen William, and I’ve copied images and reports of walks from Facebook and put them on the Reports page – admin

Brockholes walk, 2nd November
Diane has submitted a short report with images
Simon has submitted a report

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