A sun­shine day out for nat­u­ral­ists

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

A WON­DER­FUL Spring Day which fea­tured sun­shine, new lambs, flow­ers, birds, bees, but­ter­flies and the strangest rock for­ma­tions was en­joyed re­cently by the Rochdale Field Nat­u­ral­ists.

The monthly coach trip took the group to Brimham Rocks in North York­shire.

At this Na­tional Trust site, the out­crops of rock have been sand­blasted by fierce winds over mil­len­nia, re­sult­ing in weird and won­der­ful rock shapes.

The site, a favourite fam­ily des­ti­na­tion, was busy with vis­i­tors, but that did not de­ter a mole from scur­ry­ing in front of us, fran­ti­cally look­ing for soil in which to bur­row.

The group strolled over fields, be­side brooks and through woods, even­tu­ally reach­ing the River Nidd it­self, flow­ing through a beau­ti­ful in­ti­mate wooded val­ley, fin­ish­ing in Pate­ley Bridge.

Progress was slow as ev­ery­one checked the wildlife – a huge range of birds, in­sects and flow­ers - many putting in their first ap­pear­ances of the year. By the stream­side an ea­gle-eyed mem­ber of the party spot­ted a bee-fly, look­ing like “a fly in a fur coat with wings of clear cel­lo­phane”.

Cross­ing one field there was a ewe with newly born twin lambs.

All ap­peared to be do­ing well as we passed qui­etly by.

As the group crowded into the tea-room, chair­man Rick Cow­ley was heard to de­clare as he munched into his car­rot cake – “The per­fect end to a per­fect day!”

The Rochdale Field Nat­u­ral­ists or­gan­ise in­ter­est­ing coach trips to places of wildlife in­ter­est ev­ery month of the year (Con­tact 01706 644394 to book - Fare £15) plus lo­cal car trips, Rochdale walks and other RFNS ac­tiv­i­ties.

For fur­ther de­tails please go to our NEW web­site www. rochdale­field­nat­u­ral­ists. org.uk or our Face­book page.

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