So­ci­ety goes in­side for nature study

Rochdale Observer - - ROCHDALE PEOPLE -

ROCHDALE Field Nat­u­ral­ists’ So­ci­ety, now ex­ceed­ing 100 mem­bers, holds three or four events ev­ery month of the year to suit all tastes and abil­i­ties.

In the dark weeks be­fore Christ­mas a small group at­tended a study ses­sion at Rochdale’s Ar­chive and Re­source Cen­tre on Fish­wick Street, where cu­ra­tor Sarah Hodgkin­son dis­played botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions, mod­els and herbaria.

Some of these dated back 100 years, to when the so­ci­ety was founded.

It has been recorded in the so­ci­ety’s min­utes of the 1890s that prizes were given to mem­bers who had pre­pared the best and most un­usual herbaria or pressed flow­ers.

There was also a wildlife walk along the Rochdale canal, fin­ished with af­ter­noon tea.

Field nat­u­ral­ist Karen Cow­ley said: “On a dreary wet week­day you might sup­pose that no-one would turn up for a wildlife walk from Rochdale Rail­way Sta­tion to Castle­ton along the canal, but you would be wrong. Sev­eral stal­wart mem­bers did turn up and so did the wildlife.

“A range of ferns, some fungi and even a few sturdy flow­ers were iden­ti­fied along the way. Although there were not many birds, there were sev­eral dif­fer­ent species, in­clud­ing buz­zard and snipe.

“The high­light of the trip was ei­ther a bat fly­ing along the canal at midday near Ash­field Val­ley – or per­haps the Christ­mas tea at the All-in-One Gar­den Cen­tre to con­clude our 2017 pro­gramme.”

For de­tails of the 2018 pro­gramme of il­lus­trated talks, coach trips, lo­cal walks and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, visit www. rochdale­field­nat­u­ral­ists. org.uk or the Rochdale Field Nat­u­ral­ists Face­book page.

●●Mem­bers of Rochdale Field Nat­u­ral­ists study­ing botan­i­cal texts from the 1920s

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