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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Two female adders soaking up the sun. Image: Martin Warne.
*All Fool’s Day: 1st April.