As we open the new poly tunnel and with an extra 100 acres under our care this year, we need your help! Join us for a few hours of nature conservation at Nosterfield's Local Nature Reserve and Quarry extension on the first of our weekend working days.
Bring some sensible shoes, a flask of tea and a sandwich.
Nosterfield LNR has been selected as one of 48 sites across the country to host “Chris Packham’s 2018 BioBlitz – nature reserves are not enough!” campaign.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with 24 hours of collecting, identifying and making tea to keep us all going! Are you a budding botanist, wildlife photographer or naturalist? Let us know using the contact form and we'll get in touch!
IMPORTANT BIOBLITZ INFO:
Please, wherever possible, share a car to the site. We have limited car parking space at the Reserve with more available at the Quarry site (details below). Volunteers will be on hand to help you.
On arrival, please sign in at the Quarry Visitor’s Centre (known as our BioBlitz Hub). Address here: Nosterfield Quarry, Nosterfield, Bedale DL8 2QZ
Here are the estimated timings of events:
17.00 - BioBlitz STARTS
18.30 to 19.00 - Nosterfield briefing with Joe Priestley (BioBlitz Hub)
19.00 to 21.00 - species identification ramble to the pub!
21.00 to 21.30 - Nosterfield Roosts with Steve Clifton (Nosterfield NR car park)
21.30 - Bat Walk (Nosterfield NR) - please bring a torch and warm clothing
07.00 to c. 10.30 - Moth Trap emptying with Charlie Fletcher and Jill Warwick (BioBlitz Hub)
09.15 to 10.00 - Dipping Pond Beasties with Martin Hammond (Nosterfield NR Car Park)
10.15 to 12.00 - Guided Walk of Nosterfield Nature Reserve with Martin Hammond and Simon Warwick (Nosterfield NR Car Park)
10.30 to 11.00 hrs - Introduction to Microscopes by Marcus Grover (Grovers Optic Shop) (BioBlitz Hub)
11.00 to 12.00 - Guided introduction to the new Wetland Plant Nursery with Pan Thoresby and Laurie Reed (BioBlitz Hub)
12.30 to 14.30 - Guided Walk of Nosterfield NR’s new quarry extension (inc. Kiln and Flasks Lakes, reedbed and new wetland plant nursery) (BioBlitz Hub)
14.00 to 14.45 - Introduction to ‘Eclipse’ (moulting) waterfowl and Waders by Steve Clifton (Nosterfield NR Car Park)
15.15 to 15.45 - Introduction to Microscopes by Marcus Grover (Grovers Optic Shop) (BioBlitz Hub)
15.45 to 16.15 - The future for Nosterfield with Joe Priestley (BioBlitz Hub)
16.30 to 17.15 - Tea and ‘meet the experts’ (BioBlitz Hub)
17.00 - BioBlitz Recording FINISHES (BioBlitz Hub)
17.15 - Summing up and Total Count for the Day! (BioBlitz Hub)
Watch the video below to find out more about Chris' campaign:
With an action-packed 24 hours due to take place on 18-19 July, we are hosting a get together at the Quarry Visitor's Centre to get everyone up to speed.
Would you like to get involved? Come along from 10.30 for coffee, cake and the chance to hear all about Chris Packham's national campaign and how we at Nosterfield can play our part.
There's a place for experts, novices and those with incredible specialisms.
This is your invite to the Lower Ure Conservation Trust's January update meeting.
As well as Simon and Joe, we will be hearing from Martin Hammond, NYCC's Ecologist, and Matt Millington, Local Nature Partnership Development Officer. Our keynote speaker will be David Morris of the RSPB.
The meeting will take place at the White Bear, Masham on January 30th 2018 from 1-4.30pm. We've lots to discuss and we'll even provide refreshments!
For those who haven't yet met Joe, he has been working with Simon to produce a funding application for the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will be submitted in early 2018.
As well as hearing from our speakers, this meeting will be an opportunity for you to have your say on how we can better support volunteers, improve the visitor experience and create new wetland habitats at Nosterfield. Let us know if you have any questions or wish to submit your comments in advance.
12 to 13 JULY
What can YOU find?
Please come and join us - a search for as many species as possible in a 24 hour period, from 17.00 hrs on 12th July onwards. The BIG event will be on Thursday 13th July, with lots happening!
Starting with a bat walk, moth traps being set up and a the chance to see the discoveries the following morning. Guided walks into closed areas of the reserve and adjoining quarry; including the hay meadows, old silt lagoons, reedbed and limestone areas.
What can YOU find? Butterflies, wild flowers, dragonflies . . . . . you find it and we will have experts to identify as many as possible!
Please come and join us - all ages and skills welcome!