Ten Members gathered at Hay Bridge at 6pm and were shown around this private wetland Stewardship Scheme by professional Ornithologist Chris Bradshaw. The pastures north of the Scarborough-York railway line were walked, and several pools within the fields were visited. Water levels are generally fairly low at this time of year to allow for agricultural work, but most of the pools retained some water.
The main interest was in the birdlife, although a few plant species were recorded. Birds of prey featured quite well, with Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Buzzard and Barn Owl seen, but the highlight was of a juvenile Hobby overhead as the group assembled to leave about 8-00pm.
Edible Mushroom (Agaricus campestris).
Greylag Goose (over 470 feral birds).
Great Black-backed Gull.