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Join us for Bog birds, bugs & drainage matters?

March 6, 2016

A reminder to readers living with reasonable traveling distance of Thorne & Hatfield Moors, that we are holding our Annual Meeting on ‘All Fool’s Day’* which includes two excellent lectures which are open to the public and after which a site visit onto Thorne Moors via a historic landscape feature – one of the last remaining ‘Cables’

“Bog birds and bugs” is the title of a talk to be given by Lucy Ryan, a masters student at York University who is undertaking monitoring of the nightjar population on Thorne and Hatfield Moors. This three year study will look at the impact the management works undertaken by Natural England through their EU LIFE+ Project.

A second talk “Who started the drainage?  Iron Age & Roman Landscapes in the Humberhead Levels” is to be given by Dr Paul C Buckland, whose early work included investigation on the Bronze Age trackway on Thorne Moors.

Following on from these talks there is to be a site visit, weather permitting onto Thorne Moors to look at some of the recent management works undertaken to implement a Water Level Management Plan on the site as well as delivering scrub clearance through the LIFE+ Project.   That’s Life – Restoring the Humberhead Peatlands.  An interesting image to accompany a press release about peatlands?

The visit and the talks are open to the public and are an opportunity for local people to learn about the works currently underway on their moors. Please contact the for more details.

Given that it is 1 April, then there is every chance we will see and hear signs of spring.  Observations so far indicate an early season, with Chiffchaff recorded on 23 February and  up to 14 adders have been recorded on Thorne Moors on one day.

To help with the administrative aspects of the day, please book a place for the public lecture, lunch and site visit by contacting

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Two female adders soaking up the sun.  Image: Martin Warne.

*All Fool’s Day: 1st April.

Who started the drainage?

February 24, 2016

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Adders on Thorne and Hatfield Moors on 10 February, now Common Lizard has been ‘turned over’ on Crowle Moors.  Image: Phil Lee.

Advance notification of some events for your diaries?

Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum’s Annual Meeting

Friday 1 April 2015

Indoor presentations on recent research work followed by a visit to Thorne Moors in the afternoon.

“Bog birds and bugs” by Lucy Ryan (York University) a masters student working on monitoring of the nightjar populations at Thorne and Hatfield Moors SSSI further to the implementation of the LIFE+ Project* managements works.

Dr Paul Buckland “Who started the drainage?  Iron Age & Roman Landscapes in the Humberhead Levels”.

Anyone interested in attending the above presentations, which are open to the public should contact the

*Please note that the Forum is not aware of any monitoring work ongoing or planned which will look at the impact of the implementation of the Thorne Moors Water Level Management Plan by Doncaster East IDB and its management service providers JBA Consulting


20 May 2016  An introduction to  Auchenorrhyncha identification.

We are delighted to welcome back Jim Flanagan who will be the tutor for the second of our ‘bugs / hoppers’ identification workshops.  Places are limited and are rapidly being filled.  The first part will be an introduction to the Auchenorrhyncha  (leafhoppers, planthoppers, froghoppers, treehoppers & cicadas), the second part will involve a field trip and then a microscope session.  More details are available from


9 & 10 September 2016  Raptors, Uplands & Peatlands: Conservation, Land Management & Issues promises to be an excellent couple of days of presentations and a site visit.

This event is being organised by BaLHRI / BRG UKEconet and will be held at Sheffield Showroom & Workstation and further details are available via and as a pdf

Raptors First Call November 2016 flier

The booking form can also be downloaded here and includes ‘early bird’ booking discounts.

Raptors booking form 9-10 Sept 2016 (ebd)

Engineered or natural solutions to flood alleviation?

August 9, 2015

We recently organised a well received event to celebrate the revised edition of Jeremy Purseglove’s seminal work “Taming the Flood”.  Other speakers included Dr Paul C Buckland and Prof. Ian D Rotherham.

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There was much discussion around engineering vs sustainable and more environmentally benign and sustainable options which did not rely upon regular and increasingly eye watering amounts of public funding as options and approaches to flood allieviation.

One such example was that of the Environment Agency managed realignment at Alkborough Flats funded through the Water Framework Directive.  This project, which involved some 400ha resulted  in the largest realignment in the UK and the second largest in Europe.

The image below shows part of the Flats today, the lagoon fringed by phragmites hosted good numbers of Avocets, 6 Spoonbills and a Little Egret and not forgetting the delightful but elusive Bearded Tits amongst a more extensive species list mid week.

Looking north across Alkborough Flats showing phragmites reedbeds with Six Penny Wood wind turbines in the distance.

Looking north across Alkborough Flats showing phragmites reedbeds with Six Penny Wood wind turbines in the distance.


Slumbering Spoonbills.  The Little Egret lurked out of lens at the interface of the reeds along with another unidentified 'white job' probably another LE but not confirmed!

Slumbering Spoonbills. The Little Egret lurked out of lens at the interface of the reeds along with another unidentified ‘white job’ probably another LE but not confirmed!

The two images (taken on seperate days) show the extent of the tidal lagoons which along with those across the River Trent at Blacktoft Sands provide a fantastic habitat for a range of breeding species as well as a refuelling station for species on migration.

Squadron of five Spoonbills return.

Squadron of five Spoonbills return.

For other superb images of the Alkborough Spoonbills see Simon & Karen’s blog.

‘Moor’ …. Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers Volume 9

December 14, 2014

The Executive are pleased to announce the publication and availability of the latest edition of the Forum’s Journal Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers Volume 9.  Edited by Dr P C Buckland, it comprises 144 pages (including 25 colour), so is another bumper edition and offered at only £5. See details below for postage options.

V9 front cover


Volume 9 features seven substantive Research Papers and six shorter notes and two book reviews and an overview of an electronic download.  A significant inclusion is that of “The ecology of the Hairy Canary: Phaonia jaroschweskii Schnabel & dziedzicki (Diptera: Muscidae) in England” by the late Peter SkidmoreFig. 1 on page 77 features a superb entomological illustration detailing puparium and adults of P. jarowshewskii by Peter Skidmore.  

Research Papers:

Michael Archer: The ants, wasps and bees (Hymenoptera: Aculeata) of Thorne and Hatfield Moors in Watsonian Yorkshire.

Ray Golder: Aquatic plants in the Selby Canal: a reflection of Humberhead Levels vegetation or a distinct canal flora?

Martin Hammond: Water bugs of the Humberhead peatlands

Colin Howes & Michael Oliver: Water table trends and the recent history of birch colonisation on Lindholme Old Moor, South Yorkshire.

Ian McDonald: There is no rush, germination trials on Scheuchzeria palustris

Peter Skidmore: The ecology of the Hairy Canary, Phaonia jaroschewskii Schnabl & Dziedzicki (Diptera: Muscidae) in England

Michael Szabor: Do the fragmented populations of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) at Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire represent an evolutionary significant unit for conservation?

Shorter Notes:

Phil Lee: Five go ‘moffin’ on Crowle Moors in search of a long lost minor.

Phil Lee: Stegagostus rhombeus (Olivier, 1790) – a new beetle for Epworth Turbary, VC54, and possibly the Humberhead peatlands.

Phil Lee: Strongylogaster mixta (Klug, 1817): a new sawfly for Crowle Moors and the County of Lincolnshire.

Mark Lynes: Hard Fern, Blechnum spicatum on Hatfield Moor

Ian McDonald: Sphagnum magellanicum on Thorne Moors

Colin Wall: Orthotricum striatum on Thorne Moor

Review and Overview:

Paul Buckland: Ian D. Rotherham (2013) The Lost Fens. England’s greatest ecological disaster. History Books, Stroud (207pp.). £17.99 and (2010) Yorkshire’s Forgotten Fenlands. Wharncliffe Books, (181pp). £10.99.

Martin Limbert: Peat Exploitation on Thorne Moors. A case-study from the Yorkshire–Lincolnshire border 1626–1963, with integrated notes on Hatfield Moors. By Martin Limbert. MPhil thesis, Division of Archaeological, Geographical & Environmental Sciences, University of Bradford. 2011. Pp.[4] + 181 + six plates. Download from the website of the Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum.

Mechanised Peat Winning and Transportation on Thorne Moors. By Martin Limbert and Peter C. Roworth. THMCF Technical Report No. 8. Second edition. Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum. 2009. Pp.[1]–90 + frontispiece + 38 plates. Available for sale from the Forum. An accompanying compact disk of images is now accessible via the Forum website.

To obtain a copy, please send a cheque made payable to Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum to T&HMC Forum (Publication Sales), P O Box 879, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5WU for either £6.68 (second class postage, incl. packaging) or £6.85 (first class postage, incl. packaging).

This latest publication is hot on the heels of the Thorne Moors A Botanical Survey, copies of which are still available but selling well.

If any reader is undertaking research or has observations of autoecological interest then please do consider offering them for consideration, see 2014 Notes for Contributors or contact the Editor, Dr Paul Buckland.  Good quality images or illustrations are also most welcome for inclusion with any submission, alternatively images (appropriately credited) would be appreciated for inclusion on the blog and for the Forum’s website which is currently under review and revision.

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