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Updates & Volume 10 of T&HM Papers

September 5, 2017

Apologies for the lack of posts but things have been very busy recently, not least the days & nights with [fantastic] Fern-owls.  Also things like the great turn out to the Hen Harrier Day in Sheffield, and indeed elsewhere over the weekend of 5th and 6th August.  Congratulations to the organisers BAWC, Sheffield Environmental and Sheffield WT.  Pleased that the Sheffield event attracted around 350 people to listen to (image below right) l-r: Liz Ballard (S&RWT) Dave Dickinson (Sheffield Environmental) Dr Ross Cameron (Sheffield University) Dave Wood (Sheffield Bird Study Group) Dr Mark Avery (author of best selling Inglorious: conflicts in the uplands), Blenaid Denham (RSPB Skydancer Project Officer), Natalie Bennett (Green Party) and Iolo Williams of Springwatch fame question the impact that driven grouse shooting continues to have on upland moors.

Then there was the Birdfair 18 – 20 August at Rutland Water, another fantastic opportunity to acquire some bargains, to network and to hear some excellent talks as well as the great debates around the future for the environment and wildlife.  “The Politics of Wildlife Protection in Britain” and “Brexit and the Environment: the way forward” were both excellent but it was a shame that the MP scheduled to appear had to send apologies.  The debate would might be better described as a discussion around how the speakers thought that we (yes, that’s all of us) could contribute to raising the profile of wildlife and the natural environment amidst the plethora of other (rightly) high profile topics such as the future of the NHS etc.

Then there’s the fieldwork to continue and the ongoing issue of trying to understand the issues around the local badger populations which continue to receive unwarranted attention.  Is it because Government are sending out an unsavory message through rolling out extensions to the badger cull in the south west counties (and the Welsh Government too have decided to cull in some areas despite the previous successes without culling)? It is interesting that there are people who have cancelled family holidays to areas where culls are being rolled out, likewise people are beginning to look closely at animal welfare issues around the dairy industry.  None of this is helpful in so far as farmers or poor brock are concerned.

Amidst all this we’ve managed to get Volume 10 of Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers in print and in no small part down to the tenacity of our Editor Dr Paul Buckland.  In keeping with tradition it has a wrap round photographic cover, comprises of some 140 pages with 10 papers (containing colour photographs), a short note and a book review.  The Executive have decided to offer the latest volume at below cost, and are offering it at £5 plus £1.70 s/c p&p.  If readers would like a copy then please send a cheque made payable to T&HMC Forum for £6.70 to Publications, PO Box 879, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5WU.

Volume 11 is already in hand and will focus on Hatfield Moors so if any reader has any research or observational note relating to Hatfield Moors then please give thought to submitting it to the Forum’s Editor for consideration.  Guidelines to Authors are available upon request or can be found in the various Volumes of the journal.


Large Heath: an iconic species of Thorne & Hatfield Moors.

June 12, 2015

The Large Heath, Coenonympha tullia is a butterfly of wet heaths, bogs and moorland and one of the Humberhead Levels key species.  This stunning image (courtesy of Martin Warne) was taken today and shows reduced spotting with a single forewing spot and with evidence of six hindwing spots but only three showing dark centres.  These characteristics are suggestive that this may be a specimen at the extreme range of the South Yorkshire population, readers are invited to discuss …. likewise offerings of photographs to illustrate the current diversity on Thorne and Crowle Moors, and indeed Hatfield Moors if the introduced population still survives there would be gratefully received via (all images will be acknowledged as copyright photographer and only used with permission).


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Large Heath, Thorne Moors

Image: Martin Warne.

The first Large Heath of the year were recorded on Thorne Moors week commencing 8 June.  Some 21 were recorded today so moderate numbers on the wing, when will they peak?

Large Heath has responded well to the re-wetting of Thorne Moors, where a remnant population hung on amidst the ravages wrought by drainage to faciltate peat extraction in the 1970 through to the early ‘noughties’.  Readers are recommended to read the paper “An update on the status of Large Heath butterfly on Hatfield Moors” (Kirk & Melling 2011) in Volume 8 of the Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers.  The paper relates the fortunes of the species on neighbouring Hatfield Moors SSSI.


Don’t forget to book your place for the series of interesting, informative and potentially controvertial presentations 31 July (Crowle Community Hall) “The Flood Untamed”  Wetlands and flooding …. topical?

Another diary date is Hen Harrier Day Sunday 9 August, #HaveYouSeenHenry?

Advance notification: Volume 9 T&HM Papers

September 28, 2014

Hot on the heels of the well received Thorne Moors A Botanical Survey we are pleased to announce that Volume 9 of our Journal Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers is now at the printers, and if all goes to plan then it should be out and available around the middle to the end of October!

Listed below are the contents of the volume which have been submitted, the volume will also include an Editorial and Acknowledgements which effectively provides a synopsis of Forum activity in the period from the previous Volume 8 until the current volume.  A5 in size, comprising 148 pages (124 B/w and 24 Colour), printed on 150gsm silk with a 300gsm
wrap round laminated cover to outside.  It is available at only £5 plus postgage at cost (£2.80 second class or £3.20 first class).  There is a limited print run so order your copy now, cheques made payable to Thorne & Hatfield Mors Conservation Forum and sent to: T&HMC Forum (Volume 9), P O Box 879, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5WU.


Research Papers

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

Ray Goulder: 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 MacDonald: 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 Moorsin 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 MacDonald: Sphagnum magellanicum on Thorne Moors

Colin Wall: Orthotricum striatum on Thorne Moors

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.


If readers have undertaken any research in the Humberhead Levels, then have you considered submitting papers for publication.  For more information on how then see ‘Notes for Contributors’ and most recently reproduced in Volume 8, pages 155 & 156.  Dr Paul Buckland is the current Editor of the Forum’s publications and he can be contacted via

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