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Events / Outdoor meeting. Rock art and heather. Tuesday 29 August 2017.
« Last post by David Minter on March 09, 2017, 02:39:46 pm »
Leader. Jenny Bartlett & Chris Hansell. Location. Ravenscar. Meet in the car park near Ravenscar mast [NZ969013]. Date. 29 August 2017. Time. 10.00. Notes. Rock art and heather on the Stoupe Brow Trail. An easy morning walk over moorland.. Contact. Wendy English [plants<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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Events / Outdoor meeting. Moth trapping. Friday 1 & Saturday 2 September 2017.
« Last post by David Minter on March 09, 2017, 02:30:22 pm »
Leader. Graham Featherstone. Location. Pannett Park. Meet outside Museum door. Date. 1 & 2 September 2017. Time. Graham will set up a moth trap in the park for a couple of hours at 20:30 on Friday evening, and will return on Saturday morning at 10.00 to display the most interesting specimens, before releasing them. Notes. Weather dependent. Contact. Wendy English [plants<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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Events / Bioblitz. Runswick Bay. Sunday 10 September 2017.
« Last post by David Minter on March 09, 2017, 02:24:11 pm »
Leader. Jane Pottas. Location. Runswick Bay. Meet in the car park at the bottom of the bank [NZ809159]. Date. 10 September 2017. Time. 11.00. Notes. An event organised by the Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) project. Club Members welcome. Contact. Jane Pottas [seashore<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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Leader. Wendy English. Location. Saltwick Bay. Meet at top of path to beach (limited parking) [NZ915118]. Date. 17 September 2017.  Time. 10.00. Notes. Conservation work, organized jointly with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. All rubbish is analysed, to get information for marine conservation. Bring protective gloves. Contact. Wendy English [plants<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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Leaders. Nol Barrett & Steve Hunneysett. Location. Meet at Mickleby Village Hall, 37 The Lane [NZ802130]. Date. 23 September 2017. Time. 13.00. Notes. Circular historic landscape walk from Mickleby to Ugthorpe. There will probably be a pub stop in Ugthorpe. Contact. Christiane Kroebel [archaeology<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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Events / Outdoor meeting. National Fungus Day foray. Sunday 8 October 2017.
« Last post by David Minter on March 09, 2017, 01:33:17 pm »
Leader David Minter. Location. To be announced. Date. 8 October 2017. Time. 10.30. Notes. A gentle walk through mixed habitats, looking at autumn-fruiting fungi. Bring picnic and, if you have one, a hand-lens. Contact. David Minter [fungi<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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Events / Conservation work. Upgang Ravine. Date and time to be announced.
« Last post by David Minter on March 08, 2017, 01:33:08 pm »
Conservation work in Upgang Ravine. Exact meeting point, date and time to be announced. Notes. Cutting and raking the grassland over the past 4 years has resulted in clear improvement of the special flora and insects of this bank. Contact. Wendy English [plants<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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News and Announcements / Results of the Club's 2016 Photographic Competition
« Last post by David Minter on February 05, 2017, 03:19:46 pm »
Sixteen photographs were shortlisted from more than sixty submitted for the 2016 competition. A4-size prints of the shortlisted photographs were exhibited at the Club's 2016 AGM, and were evaluated by a panel of three judges. The winning photograph, taken by Jane Ellis,  portrayed Club Members examining moss in the field during last year's Sphagnum Workshop. The best junior entry, taken by Daniel Hatchwell, was of a midwife toad carrying its eggs. A slideshow of all submitted photographs was projected at the AGM.
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Events / Workshop. Molecular techniques. Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 October 2017.
« Last post by Sandra T on January 13, 2017, 10:22:43 pm »
Leaders. Paul Cannon & Brian Douglas (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew). Place. Whitby Museum, Normanby Room. Date. 14-15 October 2017. Time. 09.30 on 14 October. Notes. In the past, use of DNA for identification has been the stuff of television crime thrillers and the domain of well-funded laboratories, but in the last couple of years the price of kits has fallen so much that DNA amplification (the first stage in the process) is now just within reach of the determined amateur. The leaders will introduce participants to DNA amplification using equipment suitable for resourceful amateur naturalists and local natural history societies. They will also give guidance on how to get DNA amplified material sequenced. More details to follow. Places very limited. Booking essential. Information about booking also to follow. Contact. David Minter [fungi<at>whitbynaturalists.co.uk].
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News and Announcements / Autumn 2016 weather
« Last post by Peter Wallace on December 12, 2016, 08:21:25 pm »
Autumn 2016 was warmer and dryer than usual with about average sunshine.
Although November was colder than normal, this was more than compensated for by the warm conditions in September and October. Rainfall in November was above normal, but the dry conditions during September and October meant that overall the autumnal rainfall total was well short of the 30 year average of 188mm.
Soil temperatures were also well above normal - at 30cm depth, the mean of 11.9C was 0.9 higher than average.
For complete figures see attachment.
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