Hackfall Woods – Wednesday 29th March 2017
On Wednesday 29 March Nick Gaunt led a group of 9 other members on a field trip round Hackfall Woods near Grewelthorpe.
The meeting was primarily to introduce members to the study of mosses and liverworts and to take in any other natural history along the way. We followed the path down to the river finding many species of mosses and liverworts. We lunched at Fisher’s Hall which is not quite so glamorous as you might think. We carried on to the Alum Spring which is an interesting area of Tufa limestone with cascading water running over it. Several members climbed to the top for a closer inspection.
We saw Palmate newts in the Fountain Pond. The water was clear and we could see the big webbed feet of the males. We also recorded Common Newt and Common Toad. Just a few Spring flowers were in bloom. Toothwort, Wood Anemones, Wood Sorrel, Early Dog-violet and Celandines.
Before long there will be carpets of Wild Garlic as the leaves were very much in evidence. We also recorded 13 birds, including Nuthatch and 24 Bryophytes.
Click HERE for Nick’s species list and map.
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