Out & about & Hen Harrier Day 2015 update

York Museum Gardens  Image: Peter Kendall

York Museum Gardens
Image: Peter Kendall

The RES IF15 yesterday was busy, a conservative estimate placed attendance at around 1,700.  York is a popular venue choice, not just for tourists and visitors who might drop in but also for regional entomologists and naturalists.  The marquees (above) were popular with the children as they offered face painting but also hands on with ‘pets with a difference’ whilst the Hospitium (below) housed an array of organisations with a wide range of interests and specialisms.

The Hospitium York Museum Gardens. Image: Helen Kirk

The Hospitium York Museum Gardens.
Image: Helen Kirk

The weather held with the advent of rain only as the day drew to a close and the deluge came as we drove home but it didn’t detract from the day.  The RES hold the event every two years and the Forum have exhibited since it began back in 2009 so it was pleasing to be told by a few visitors that we had an astonishing array of published material which reflected our knowledge base as well as an extensive network , even more pleasing that people took some back with them.

Other than the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows we were the only other organisation which had as its focus a geographical area, yet despite that we were able to help people with their IDENTology requests and sundry entomological enquiries.  People still ask about the peat extraction and if it has actually ceased, they are sometimes aghast that the Reviews of Mineral Planning Permissions (ROMPPs) have not yet been concluded by the Local Planning Authorities as required under the EU Habitats Directive and that planning consents are still extant on areas of Thorne & Hatfield Moors SSSI.

2015 HH Day logo

It was good too that people easily recognised the Hen Harrier Day posters displayed on our stand, and that they were aware of the issues.  Of HHD 2015, it’s great to be able to report that the PEAK DISTRICT HEN HARRIER DAY 2015 has had its location confirmed as Goytsclough Quarry, The Goyt Valley, Derbyshire, OS Grid Reference SK 011 733  To keep abreast of news on the events planned across the country bookmark and regularly visit www.henharrierday.org   Other useful sites include Standing up for Nature and BAWC.

 

Whilst members of the Executive were engaging with the next generation others were out in the field ….

This stunning Ringlet was one of 246 counted by Martin Warne on Thorne Moors recently.

This stunning Ringlet was one of 246 counted by Martin Warne on Thorne Moors recently.

Recording the wildlife we seek to conserve. 

Another of Martin Warne's stunning images, this time a pair of Large Skipper.

Another of Martin Warne’s stunning images, this time a pair of Large Skipper.

Martin’s patience was certainly rewarded or perhaps the target species were a little distracted and otherwise occupied to worry too much about a photographer?

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