RE: Fungi Foray
Saturday 24th October – 10.30 am
Meeting north of Fordon (on the Flixton-Fordon Road) at the head of Lang Dale, where the Centenary Way leaves the road and heads west. TA048777.
Plenty of parking on the wide verge, though for those with ordinary cars they are better parked nearer to the footpath gate as it is more even there.
The area we will look at is the Nicker Pits bit of Lang Dale, which though not a SSSI is a lovely bit of unimproved chalk grassland with a really good chalk flora – lots of rock rose, thyme, clustered bellflower, salad burnet etc. It is open access. As it is not SSSI it is heavily sheep grazed which seems to be perfect for grassland fungi. Last year it had a fantastic range – lots of different species of Entoloma, Wax Caps, Earth Tongues, Puffballs, Galerina etc in huge abundance. So if the weather conditions have been favourable then there should be plenty to look at.
The hillside is rather steep, but otherwise not particularly hazardous (mainly short turf), and will especially suit people with one leg longer than the other! So boots with good ankle support are advised. Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children should be kept under close control.
David McCandless, Chief Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer for North Eastern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority will give a brief overview in terms of the background and history of NEIFCA to be followed by one of my Environmental and Scientific Officers who will present on some of our local research and monitoring work.
With so much of our marine wildlife affected by fishing the talk will provide a fascinating insight into the science behind fish stock management.
A chance for members to showcase some of their findings over the last year.
Speaker John Shannon of 'East Yorkshire Rivers Trust'.
The River Derwent is one of the regions most important rivers. John Shannon talks about the work going on by various organisations to make sue it stays the way and gets even better.
We are all wary of diturbing birds at nests but Carl Barrymore from the BTO will talk about how important nest recording is and how to get involved.
Everyone is welcome to this charity talk in memory of the late Mick Carroll who did so much for conservation locally. Andy Rouse is a well known speaker and it should be a good night.
Please see https://www.justgiving.com/anightwithandyrouseinmemoryofmickcarroll/ for more details and to buy tickets.