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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep safe, stay positive and take extra care
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.
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.
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.
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
Lytham walk, 8th February 2020
Simon has posted a review of the Lytham walk
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.
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.
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
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