Minutes of the Meeting Held on 10th September at 7-30pm, at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus.
The President, Robin Hopper, welcomed the 12 members present.
Apologies for Absence: Pauline Popely, John Hume, Mick Carroll, David Bowen.
Minutes of the Meeting on 14th May: These were, as yet, unavailable for signing, and the item was deferred to the next meeting.
Correspondence: “The Naturalist” August edition from the YNU, “Argus 66” from Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire/YNU. Notification of the North West Bird Watching Festival from WWT.
Records and Reports:
Members gave brief accounts of the Summer excursions to Humble Bee Farm, Ellerburn Bank, Burton Riggs, Flamborough Headland and the YNU visit to Langdale Forest. IG showed a selection of photographs taken on the Langdale outing.
Brian Walker had completed a tree survey at Cayton Caravan Park, and reported seeing Water Vole at Brompton Fish Ponds.
Cedric Gillings had seen Lesser Whitethroat at Lebberston Carr on 13th May, and at Foxholes on 20th May. A queen Wasp was at Burniston the same day. Two Harrier sp. were seen on Egton Moor on 14th June. A single Corn Bunting was at Danebury Manor, Fordon on 17th July, and a Green Sandpiper was at Lebberston Carr on 27th. He also reported the presence of flowering Bladderwort in the pond in front of the Open Air Theatre stage – the only other known site in North Yorkshire being Strensall Common. Two species of Wild Rose, Soft Downy Rose (Rosa mollis), and Sherard’s Downy Rose (Rosa sherardii) were found down Rocks Lane, Burniston. Photographs of both these were shown for comparison, as well as images of Drinker Moth caterpillar and Green Silver Lines moth.
Robin Hopper reported that a Clouded Yellow butterfly had been seen on 8th September at Barley Carr Rigg. He also reported on a recent meeting with Debbie Seymour, the new Chief Executive of Scarborough Museum’s Trust, concerning the book collection which needed sorting and catalogueing, and hoped members with expertise in the various Taxa would help with this in the new year.
After a short break, Louise Thompson gave a brief account of her charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, explaining the habitat change from rain forest at the base, to a barren landscape at the summit.
Ian Glaves showed a sequence of bird images taken on a trip to Texel in Holland in April.
Brian Walker gave an account of the work he had been doing on the Warren at Baker’s Warren on the north edge of Wykeham Forest – a protected archeological site. The walls of the warren and some of its rabbit traps were demonstrated with photographs.
The meeting closed at 9-20pm.