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WHAT'S ON in 2017

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November 10th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 18th

Bilton Conservation Group Annual General Meeting

Saturday 18th November 2017

2.00 pm Bilton Community Centre

Guest Speaker: Teresa Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bilton’s answer to the famous St. Tiggywinkles

Raffle

Refreshments

 

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Rossett AGM

Rossett Local Nature Reserve AGM will be held on Wednesday 1st November at 6.30 at the Smiths Arms in Beckwithshaw. The £10 subs will be collected at this meeting and please consider if you wish to be put forward or continue with your post on the committee. If you will be attending and/or wish to raise an item on the agenda please contact Sandra at sharpfamilyhgt@gmail.com

 

Saturday September 9th

Fun open day in the Pinewoods

 

Click HERE for details and the poster

 

Saturday August 12th

Bughunt at Studfold

...Have an adventure and go bug hunting. Help will be there with identification. Also Harrogate Biodiversity Group will have a stall and help with the discoveries! Make a crazy bug!

Weather permitting!

Price reduction for those staying on Studfold Caravan Camping Park or Glamping or Group Accommodation.

Studfold, Lofthouse, North Yorkshire HG3 5SG

Tel: 01423 755 084 Email: info@studfold.com

 

Sunday 20th August

Allotment Show

Sun Pavilion Valley Gardens

Click HERE for full details

 

Sunday 4th June

The Ntional Trust is holding a BioBlitz at Brimham Rocks on Sunday the 4th of June. An opportunity for all the family to meet experts and enjoy finding out about wildlife. Click HERE for details

 

 

HDBAG annual moth morning

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Once again we are holding a moth trapping morning - click HERE for details.

 

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Photographic Exhibition at Horticap

May 2nd until May 28th

In these days of gloom and despondency it is good to find an event to raise our spirits and renew our optimism in nature.

Harrogate U3A photo group are holding an

exhibition at Horticap celebrating the

Natural Environment in all its forms.

Entry is free - click here for details

 

HDBAG AGM April 1st 2017

 

A reminder that our AGM is on Saturday 1st April at Harlow Carr 10am - 12.30.

From 10 - 10.45 Andrew Willocks will give a guided tour of the gardens. Then, back to the Wolfson Room in the education centre for tea and biscuits and the official proceedings of an AGM.

Remember it is time to renew membership,

click HERE for the forms

 

Details of AGM click HERE

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Thursday March 30th Nidderdale AONB will be holding their annual meeting at,

7.00 - 9.00 pm, Pateley Bridge The trustees will be reviewing the past year's activities. After the formalities are completed there will be hot drinks and homemade cakes, Dr Paul Evans from Buglife htpps://www.buglife.org.uk will give a talk entitled 'Landscapes for Pollinators'. Paul is responsible for the development and delivery of Buglife's UK-wide landscape-scale B-Lines Initiative. Paul's talk will

provide the 'bigger picture' and reinforce the importance of the Biffa Award, 'Pollinator Pathways' project. No need to book – just turn up:

Thursday March 30th, 7.00 – 9.00pm The Council Offices, Pateley Bridge.

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Saturday 15th April Pinewoods Conservation Group, Easter Egg Hunt. Meet in Car Park 3, RHS Harlow Carr any time 11 – 12 noon. £2 entry non-members, Free to members. Details HERE

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Pinewoods AGM

Thursday 9th March

 

At The Green Hut, Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS. The agenda will include aoverview of the

new 10 year management plan plus a discussion

on the RotaryWood development & lease proposal

by Harrogate Council and Harrogate SpaWater Limited.

Click HERE for the Agenda

 

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NEST BOX WEEK

February 14th to 21st 2017

 

Now is the time to check or renew your nestboxes!! Click here for advice.

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British Dragonfly Society Spring Meeting

Saturday 11th March.

 

The BDS Spring Meeting is at Green Hammerton, near York, this year. The meeting is free to attend and we have some great talks lined up, with speakers from the Natural History Museum, Freshwater Habitats Trust and University of East Anglia, as well as a representative of the

Yorkshire Dragonfly Group and more.

For more information and to book a free place, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-meeting-2017-tickets-30960500691

Genevieve Dalley, Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society (BDS).

British Dragonfly Society C/O Natural England, Parkside Court, Hall Park Way, Telford, TF3 4LR

Visit our website to request FREE subscription to our monthly e-newsletter!

www.british-dragonflies.org.uk

 

 

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Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group

New HASAG dates for your diary.

 

Thurs 23/2 @ 10am - pruning the willow bridge in Hookstone Wood. This will only require a few people for the pruning

but we have not yet noted location and condition of any old bird/bat boxes remaining in the wood,

so this could be an extra task.

Meet at the notice board layby, Hookstone Wood Road.

 

Sat 4/3 from 10am to 12md - Spring Clean. Take part in the national Keep Britain Tidy litter picking weekend. Meet at the notice board layby, Hookstone Wood Road. Wear gloves and if you possess a litter picker bring it along.

 

Fri 10/3@ 9.30 -pruning in Stonefall Park. There are a lot of small branches overhanging paths which need trimmed and some pruning of growth in the copses. Meet at Eleanor Road entrance to Stonefall Park. (by the old garages). Wear gloves and bring secateurs if you wish.

 

. Let me know if you hope to come to give an idea of numbers, but you will always be welcome on the day.

Contact : Clare 07931179181 pskardon@sky.com

Edna 01423 543559 spinninged@hotmail.co.uk

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WHAT'S ON in 2016

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October

22nd to 29th

Harrogate District Naturalists Society will be at Starbeck Library from 22 to 29 October. Children will have the chance to enter a Nature Quiz. The Library will be supporting the Stand with a selection of their natural history books. Please check opening times at the Library before visiting.

 

Saturday 29th BATS!

Starbeck in Bloom are holding a Batty Day in the Library Saturday 29th October from 10 -12. A fun way to find out more about bats.

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High Batts have a regular newsletter about their site. It also gives a list of their lecture evenings. Click HERE for the Autumn newsletter.

 

Saturday October 8th

 

Click HERE to read about the Countryside at Risk/Family fun event this Saturday 8th October at Glasshouses (with a walk from Pateley Bridge)

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Two useful posters about Wildlife.

Click to see them:

 

HERE for Garden wildlife health

 

HERE for the Climate Coalition Speak up Week

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What's On In September

 

Saturday 10th September

PINEWOODS OPEN DAY

 

GREAT FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

12NOON UNTIL 2:00PM

 

Click here for details.

 

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What's on in August

 

Friday August 5th - Moth Morning

 

HDBAG will be holding its annual Moth Morning on Friday August 5th 9 - 11am. If interested please contact us to give us your details and receive directions.

Click HERE for full details

 

Sunday 21st August - Allottment Show

We will be at the Annual Allotment Show in Valley Gardens on Sunday 21st August from 11 - 4. This is always a fun event. Click HERE for full details.

 

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JULY 23rd -DATE FOR BALSAM BASH IN JACOB SMITH PARK

Click HERE for the poster

 

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RHS Spring Newsletter

"Wild about gardens" - the newsletter is now out. Click HERE for the wbsite link.

 

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Help required by Sam Walker

July 12 2016

Sam is doing some work near Bachelor Gardens - 10:00am Thursday 12th July and volunteers are required. Click HERE for more details.

 

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Biodiversity in danger: our declining

flora and fauna- JULY 11th 2016

 

Nidderdale Climate + Environment Group is holding its next meeting at Glasshouses on 11 July and the group would like to invite supporters of HDBAG along. We are starting at 6pm with an exploratory walk to search for flora and fauna, led by Nigel Heptinstall (binoculars will be useful but not essential). Then at 7.30pm we will meet at Broadbelt Hall for tea and coffee and Nigel's talk on the theme 'Biodiversity in danger: our declining flora and fauna'. Nigel will look at the causes and how we must care more for our environment, not only for wildlife but for human life too, and ways to increase our biodiversity. Hear how Nidderdale's biodiversity has changed over the years.

Click HERE to email for more information

 

 

14th July 'Living with fracking'

 

Frack Free Harrogate District has arranged a showing of the film 'Living with fracking' at the Friends' Meeting House. This is the film made by Joanne and Steve White from Ryedale who went over to Pennsylvania to find out what fracking is really like for the ordinary people living with it and made a film of what they saw. Dr Tim Thornton is also attending to speak about fracking, majoring on the health implications. This is the film that was shown in Glasshouses recently.

Click HERE for more information.

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Saturday 9th July

Rossett Local Nature Reserve

From 10:00am until 11:00am there will be a pond dipping session. This is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Click HERE for the reserve's website.

 

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Sunday July 3rd 2016

An opportunity to visit High Batts Nature Reserve. Please click HERE for details.

 

All welcome - mammal trapping, bird recognition, pond dipping etc etc ....

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Pinewoods Teddy Bears Picnic

Saturday 25th June from 12pm to 2pm

 

Don't forget about the Teddy Bear's Picnic on Sat 25th June from 12pm to 2pm on Irongate Field. The field, on Harlow Moor Road next to Harrogate Spring Water plant, has been transformed over the last 2 years into a community green space.

 

Please come along to enjoy the 1000s of wild flowers that have bee planted with a picnic. As well as a raffle come and meet the bears and hear from Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group (HDBAG). There will also be fun and games for people to enjoy plus ice creams to buy.

 

Free parking is available at the layby

on Harlow Moor Road.

 

PS. Remember to order your tickets for our Charity Hog Roast in July. Over 50% of tickets have now been sold with a few tables for 10 still available for just £100. Remember PCG members receive a £2.50 ticket discount on individual adult tickets. Just use code "PCGMember2016" at checkout.

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June Pinewoods Planting Events

Sunday 5th June 10am to 11.30am

 

The Pinewoods Conservation Group (PCG) is reaching the end of a project to plant over 3000 new wild flowers in the Pinewoods to increase bio-diversity within the woods. A number of events have been held with volunteers and groups to plant the flowers grown by Harrogate Council Nurseries.

 

As a last push an event is planned for Sunday 5th June from 10am for 1 to 2 hours with a request for volunteers to help with the planting. Volunteers are asked to bring a trowel and meet at Harrogate Council Nurseries off Harlow Moor Road.

 

Committee Member Carolyn Rothwell leading on the planting project said:

 

“With a good number of groups and volunteers already helping with our efforts this is the final push for the year. Just a small amount of time spent helping to plant will ensure we reach our target of over 3000 new wild flowers within the woods. We know this will not only keep the balsam down but also increase bio-diversity within the woods benefiting all our visitors.”

 

It is hoped that a number of the new plants will be in flower for the upcoming Teddy Bears' picnic planned for Saturday 25th June from 12pm.

The free picnic, on the new community green space next to Harrogate Spring Water on Harlow Moor Road, will feature a nature trail with fun and games for all the family. More details below.

 

Thursday 2nd June from 10am to 12pm

Horticap are planning to work monthly on Irongate field with any help appreciated. The team is expected to arrive about 10am and stay for 2 hours. If you have gloves and tools then please bring those along meeting at the layby on Harlow Moor Road near Harrogate Spring Water plant.

 

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BeeAware Harrogate Library June 1st

 

It is very important that everyone, especially children, are aware of the vital importance of pollinators to our very existence.

On June 1st at 2:00pm HDBAG and Harrogate Library are holding a fun event to raise this awarenes. Click HERE for details

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Hedgehog Week May 1st to 7th 2016

Hedgehog numbers are declining but we can try to make their lives easier around our own homes.

In the garden there are several things we can do:-

Remember metaldehyde slug pellets can kill – try alternatives or pick up dead slugs and snails before the hedgehogs get to them.

Keep all netting a foot above the ground to allow hedgehogs to get under it and not get stuck.

Provide escape routes from ponds and provide a shallow dish of water for all wildlife.

Cover drain holes to stop them becoming blocked by hedgehogs and leaves.

When using wood preservative protect the bottom 18 inches of fences and sheds from hedgehogs who love to lick it but are then poisoned

Out and about - collect and discard the elastic bands left by postmen that can entrap a hedgehog. Also be aware the plastic rings to carry cans can also be a hazard.

Hedgehogs come out at night so if you see one in daylight it is probably sick – for advice or the telephone number of a local carer ring 01584 890801. www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

 

Click HERE for a poster. Clock HERE for a cartoon.

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Birdwatching Events

 

New to Birdwatching or just want to hone your skills? Click HERE for interesting days out at Old Stenningford Farm. Next one is on April 24th but there are plenty more - see the bottom of the notice.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Friday 22nd April – Ure Bank.

Saturday 30th April – Jacob Smith Park

 

Please reply direct to Sam at sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk if you can help on either or both of these events.

The two sessions planned for April are to help the trees we planted last year at Jacob Smith Park and Ure Bank to thrive. Clearing away competing vegetation

and re-staking and guarding where necessary will ensure much higher rates of survival.

As always if you are planning on coming along please let me know.

 

Friday 22nd April – Ure Bank.

Meeting at the car park at the end of Ure Bank Terrace at 10am we will be carrying out tree aftercare on the two areas we planted last year. We will be working till about 2pm so bring food and a drink. I can also pick up in Harrogate or Knaresborough by arrangement.

 

Saturday 30th April – Jacob Smith Park

Working with the Friends of Jaocb Smith Park we will be meeting at 10:00 at the entrance to the park off Scriven Road. Working till about 1pm we will not only be clearing around the trees we planted last year but also removing guards from older planting where the trees

have outgrown the guards and they are starting to restrict the growth of the trees.

 

I hope to see you soon.

Thanks

Sam Walker Countryside Ranger

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STUDFOLD

This Easter the spring events are beginning at Studfold. Click HERE for their programme.

 

For Family Days Out in North Yorkshire...

An adventure trail that will fascinate, challenge and delight! A magical outdoor experience with many secret places to discover! The scent of the wild flower meadow, the sound of a passing dragonfly, the birdsong and gentle breeze through the woodland trees...welcome to Studfold. Situated in Upper Nidderdale, a beautiful Yorkshire Dale, it's the perfect setting for family days out in North Yorkshire, offering fun, fresh air and adventure. Click HERE for their website.

 

Early notice - HDBAG will be there as usual with a

bug hunt on Saturday 23rd July 2016

 

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Curlew Appeal 12th March 2016

In support of the BTO Curlew Appeal the Nidderdale Bird Group are holding a fund raising event at the Glasshouses Methodist Church, Broadbelt Hall (HG3 5QY) on Saturday 12th March. Please click here to see the attachment for details on how you can help.

For BTO click HERE

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Bird Ringing Sunday 21st February

2016

 

The East Dales Ringing Group will be ringing and recording birds caught at RHS Harlow Carr this Sunday 21st February (WEATHER PERMITTING).

Normal entry fees to RHS Harlow Carr applies, open 9.30 - 4 with last entry to gardens at 3.

An opportunity to get close to and fully appreciate birds normally seen at a distance.

 

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HGBAG AGM March 12th 2016

You are invited to our 2016 Annual General Meeting which is being held at Horticap on Saturday 12th March. Please click HERE to see our flyer for details.

Also attached is our 2016 membership form which includes details of what HDBAG is about. Click HERE for the membership form.

 

NB remember to read our latest Newsletter

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16th February 2016

Friends of Valley Gardens with the help of Harrogate Borough Council will be putting up bird boxes on Tuesday 16th February at 10am. All welcome to watch this National Bird Box Week event. Click here for a poster.

Or visit their website www.friendsofvalleygardens.co.uk

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Message from Buglife about B-lines:

Click HERE for the latest B-Lines update. which provides a brief summary of work over the past few months. Further information will continue to be added onto the website B-Lines | Buglife, and please keep an eye on our interactive B-Lines map to see how the B-Lines develop. We are currently working on some very exciting expansions to the B-Lines work and will update you about this on our webpages.

 

Wednesday 27th January

Late reminder!

The Dales and Uplands:can the natural wildlife survive. Talk by Colin Slator at HDNS meeting Wednesday 27th January. St Robert's Centre , Robert Street, Harrogate. Visitors £3 Members Free

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

30th to 31st January 2016

Join in the fun of seeing just how many different species of birds use your garden. For just one hour sit at your window and note everything you see. Go to the RSPB website to download a handy identi-kit and then upload your results.

www.rspb.org.uk

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BBC radio 4 - Gardeners Question time

January 17th 2016

BBC Radio 4’s regular Gardener’s Question Time program visits many gardens. The episode broadcast on Sunday 17th January was recorded at RHS Harlow Carr here in Harrogate. As well as listening to our own committee member Andrew Willock you can hear curator Paul Cook talking about the benefits of wildlife friendly lawns comprising self heal, primroses and ox-eye daisies.

Go to bbc iplayer to catch up.

 

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WHAT WAS ON in 2015

 

Sunday 23rd August 2015

Nosterfield Open Day

Lower Ure Conservation Trust is a small charity but with big successes; working hard to promote and support our local wildlife, whilst thinking big landscape scale. We manage Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve, generally acknowledged as North Yorkshire’s premier wetland grassland nature reserve.

We are holding an Open Day at Nosterfield NR – on Sunday August 23rd 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.

Click HERE for details

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Sunday 16th August

Allotment show in the Valley Gardens

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What's on in July 2015

 

Saturday 15th July

 

Bug HUnting at Studfold Farm . Click HERE for full details and how to get there. We have a stand - come and say hello!!

 

Saturday 4th July 9 – 11am

Annual Moth Morning 2015

 

Sawley nr Ripon

with moth expert Jill Warwick

Click HERE

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What's on in June 2015

Do not forget WildArt see below

 

Balsam Bash in Valley Gardens

Sunday 7th June 10 -12.

Click HERE for details

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What's on in May this year

 

Hedgehog Awareness Week

3rd - 9th May

Hedgehogs need to build up their body weight after a winter hibernation so any water and food such as meal worms or dog food that you can leave out will be most welcome but remember NO bread and milk. Hedgehogs cover a mile and a half each night and easy access into our gardens is a plus - so if you have solid walls and fences do make sure there are a couple of 4 inch square holes somewhere at ground level where they can come and go. Of course slug pellets, pesticides and liquids such as wood preservative are poison to them - no wonder their numbers are in decline with so many hazards around. Our local expert and adviser is Theresa Marshall on 01423 504186.

Click HERE for information

 

May is the month when nature springs into bloom and

with luck the weather will be kind to

those who venture forth to be part of it.

 

3rd May 2015

From 10 - 4 at Nidd Gorge the Woodland Trust invites you to see 'Nature's Spring Fireworks'.

Meet in the car park off the B6165 Ripley Road

and then find and I.D. flowers and catkins in the Nidd Gorge.

Click HERE for information

 

Sunday 17th May 2015

High Batts Nature Reserve are holding their annual open day from 10 - 4. Moths, bird ringing, beekeeping and live bats

are just some of the items on their program.

Sorry but NO dogs allowed at this event.

Click HERE for information

 

Wednesday 27th May 2015

HDBAG is joining forces with Bilton Conservation Group

to present 'Dip into Nature' at Harrogate Library

from 2.15 - 3.30pm. This is a half term event for 7 - 11 year olds. Tickets at £1 per child need to be purchased from Harrogate Library.

Click HERE for information

 

.......and don't forget:

Wild Card Art

1 April – 19 June 2015

HDBAG and Harrogate in Bloom are holding a Wild Card Art competition. Entry cards are available at your local library or email us at biodiversityaction@gmail.com and we will send one to you.

Choose some words from the list on the card, make a picture using pencil, paint, crayon or collage, fill in your details and return to us at HDBAG c/o 3 Azerley Grove, Harrogate, HG3 2SY.

Entries will be judged in groups

5-10 years 11-16 years 17+ years

 

Prizes for each group are:

5-10years: 1st - Learn to draw animals.

2nd – Water colour paint box

3rd – Set of brush pens

 

11-16years: 1st – Learn to draw animals.

2nd – Sketch pad

3rd – Sketching and charcoal pencils

 

17+years: 1st - Wildlife painting by local artist Yvonne Elvin.

2nd - Drawing and painting animals

3rd – Watercolour pencil set.

 

All prize winners receive an annual membership to HDBAG

One overall winner will receive an award from Harrogate in Bloom

at their awards ceremony at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

in September 2015

The best entries will displayed at Harrogate Library from July 4th.

Click HERE for a flyer to display

 

 

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APRIL EVENTS

 

Spring Gardening and Wildlife Weekend

18 - 19 April at RHS Harlow Carr.

 

As part of the RHS National Gardening Week which runs from 13 - 19 April, Harlow Carr will be helping visitors discover the joy of growing plants to encourage and support wildlife in your home gardens.

Admission to RHS Harlow Carr is as usual but don't forget - your 2015 HDBAG membership pack included a one time family pass to the gardens so why not use it this weekend.

 

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MARCH 2015

 

URE BANK TREE PLANTING

Friday 27th March

 

This is just a quick call to arms for some tree planting at Ure Bank this Friday. So far we have five volunteers confirmed but we could really do with a few more if we are to get all 500 trees in on the day.

 

We will meet in the car park at the end of Ure Bank Terrace in Ripon at 10:30. I also still have one space left in my car for anyone who would like picking up from the loading bay outside the conference centre on Kings Road.

If you can make it or if you could share this notice with anyone who you think may be interested

I would be most grateful.

Sam Walker Countryside Ranger

email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk

mob: 07525 988288

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 28th March

Pinewoods Conservation Group are holding their annual Easter Egg hunt on the recreation area.

 

We will be having a cake stall so if anyone can provide cakes then please bring them along.

There will be a raffle & lots of Easter Eggs to win so please come and join us.

 

HDBAG AGM

Saturday 7th March

The Annual General Meeting of Harrogate District Biodiversity Action will be held on Saturday 7th March 2015

in the Bramall Learning Centre at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate.

 

A guided bird watching walk is on offer at 1330

Official AGM business will start at 1415 to be followed by a presentation from Dan McAndrew titled

'Mitigation for Biodiversity and the Planning System’

How to make informed comments on biodiversity aspects of planning applications to obtain consideration for wildlife and lessen devastation of habitat.

 

A panel will then answer questions relevant to the topic

but not to specific sites.

 

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JANUARY 2015

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Big Garden Birdwatch

Saturday 24th January 2015

Join Starbeck in Bloom and Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group at Starbeck Library on Saturday 24th January from 10 - 12 to celebrate the RSPB' s Big Garden Bird Watch 2015.

As well as touring the park for birds to record there will also be plenty of other family activities including -

Stringing popcorn

Colouring and sticking feathers on bird pictures

A trail for little ones to find 7 hidden exotic wooden birds

hung on trees in the park

And also bird food for sale at 50p a bag.

Refreshments will be available inside in the cafe

Click HERE for a poster

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TUESDAY 13TH JANUARY

 

High Batts are organising a talk about Estonia.

Click HERE for full details

 

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WHAT WAS ON

in 2014

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OCTOBER 2014

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Saturday 18th October

Autumn Fun Day at Starbeck Library

 

Come and join HDBAG at this fun event and make shelters for bugs to use this winter. There will be representatives of the Library and Friends of Library there as well as Starbeck in Bloom. Andrew Jones is attending and will be presenting the HDBAG Wildlfe Friendly Award certificate

to Starbeck Library.

Click HERE for a poster about the day

or click HERE for Starbeck in Bloom poster

 

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SEPTEMBER 2014

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Some events to keep you outdoors during the last of the warmer weather- and thinking about gardening!

 

Sunday 7th September

Come and join HDBAG on Sunday morning from 10 – 12 to plant some wildflower plugs. Meet at the Ebor Rise entrance to Valley Gardens. Bring your gardening gloves, a trowel and your wellies.

 

Wednesday 10 September

Harrogate in Bloom is hosting a recording of BBC Radio 4 Gardener's Question Time on Wednesday 10 September at Pavilions of Harrogate, 5.30-8.00 pm. Tickets (£4.50) can be bought from Harrogate Tourist Information Centre, Fodder, Garden Room Flowers (Leeds Rd) and 4 Seasons (Cold Bath Road). For details click below:

www.harrogateinbloom.org.uk

 

Saturday 13th September

The Pinewoods Conservation Group are holding an Open Day on the recreation area in the Pinewoods, between Crag Lane and Harlow Moor Road. Click HERE for details.

 

11th, 12th, 13th, 14th September

Friends of Valley Gardens are holding open days at the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room in Valley Gardens as part of Heritage Open Day.

For more details click HERE to see see the poster.

 

Sunday 21st September

Gathering at Knaresborough Castle at 2pm to support the Green Party's plea for world leaders to raise their action on climate change.

Shan Oakes, The Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has organised a gathering and photo call at Knaresborough Castle on the 21/09/14 at 14.00. This is just days before world leaders meet for the UN Climate Summit, as part of the global movement, the ‘People’s Climate March’. Everyone is welcome to join in – see the event on Avaaz or 350.org websites, or just come along with or without picnic, placards or props. We hope to see you there.

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AUGUST 2014

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Saturday 16th August

 

You are invited to attend our annual Moth morning on Saturday August 16th at 9.00 am. To take advantage of this opportunity to be with local expert Jill Warwick as she identifies the night's catch in a member's garden in Sawley please reply to this email for full details, and to be added to the list of attendees, email biodiversityaction@gmail.com

Sunday 17th August

11am until 3pm

Valley Gardens Allotment Show

HDBAG will be in Valley Gardens on the Sunday the17th August for the Harrogate Allotment Show. As well as being able to check out the entries for the fruit, vegetable and flower competitions in the Sun Pavilion there will be many stalls outside for you to browse between 11am and 4pm

 

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JULY 2014

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Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam is here to stay, so fear not bee keepers. However, if you want to make a little dent in the hold this plant is taking in our area here are some dates when you can join with others to fight back.

 

Sunday 13th July

10 - 12 in Valley Gardens with Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group. Meet at the Ebor Rise entrance off Cornwall Road. For more information click HERE.

 

When attending any of these events please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing to protect yourself from stinging nettles, boggy ground etc

 

Saturday 19th July

Pinewoods Irongate Opening. Click HERE for details

 

Sunday 26th July

BUG HUNT at Studfold - details later, or email biodiversityaction@gmail.com

 

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JUNE2014

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Saturday 21st June

9.45 - 12 noon in the PInewoods. Pinewoods Conservation Group are holding a 'Charity Balsam Bash for Yorkshire Cancer Research' For details click HERE.

 

Sunday 28th June

9.30am at Grange Quarry. Meet on the bridge by Pets at Home and B& Q on the Skipton Road. Bilton Conservation Group are the organisers.

 

Remember RHS and Le Tour!

Go to the RHS page on things to plant and do for the Tour de France . Click HERE for "Turning Yorkshire Yellow!

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MAY 2014

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This Saturday, 24th May at 10 am, the Harlow Hill Allotment Association are holding a plant sale at their site on Beckwith Avenue. This is a chance to buy healthy plants at bargain prices.

 

Friday 16th May

Pond Dipping and Bat Night at

Rossett Local Nature Reserve 6.00pm

Meet at the main ponds at 6 for some pond dipping for an hour. At about 7 head back to Rossett Acre School for juice and biscuits and listen to a talk by Leslie Helliwell and see her live bats. When its starts to get dusk at about 8.30 - 9 it is back over to the Nature Reserve for a bat walk.

 

 

17th May 2014

North Harrogate Fayre at St Wilfred's Church Hall from 11 - 3. Plants for sale and information about Biodiversity

 

22 May 2014

Balsam bash in Valley Garden with the girl guides.

Meet at the playground at 7.30. Come and help!

 

29th May 2014

Harrogate Library from 10.30 - 11.30.

Making insect hotels and planting marjoram with children.

 

 

Pinewoods Conservation Group

There will be an EASTER EGG HUNT on

Saturday 12th April 2014

on the Pinewoods recreational field

Click HERE for details and for their 2014 programme.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

HDBAG AGM will be held on Tuesday 25th March

7:00 to 9:30pm

Bramall Learning Centre.

RHS Harlow Carr

As well as the usual AGM procedures we will also have two very interesting guest speakers. Dr. Mark Goddard is working on the Urban Pollinators Project at Leeds University and Sam Walker is the newly appointed Countryside Ranger with the Parks Department at Harrogate Borough Council. Please see the attached leaflet for more details

HEDGEHOGS!

Sunday March 2, 2014 1.30 – 4pm

Black Swan Inn, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR

An illustrated talk and workshop, will be held by Toni Bunnell

Course content:

* Reasons for the decline of hedgehogs in Britain

* First aid treatment for new arrivals

* Further treatment of sick or injured hedgehogs

* Caring for baby hedgehogs

* Attracting hedgehogs to your garden

* Monitoring hedgehogs in the wild

To secure a place on the course, please send a cheque for £10 (made out to ‘T. Bunnell’) to Toni Bunnell, 5 Beech Avenue, Holgate, York, YO24 4JJ

Bird Count on Killinghall Moor

Sunday 26 January 2014

11:00 - 12:30

In addition to monitoring our own gardens, HDBAG members will be observing the birds, and any other wildlife, on the southwest edge of Killinghall Moor housing estate. This area of land is classified as Lowland Heath, which is rare to Harrogate, and could be under threat if permission is granted to build 600 new homes on the proposed Penny Pot Lane site Come and Join us to learn more about this habitat, our local wildlife and the activities of HDBAG

Click HERE for a map and more details

Big Garden Birdwatch

25 - 26 January 2014

This weekend the RSPB is asking everyone to count the wildlife that is counting on you. This is the world’s largest wildlife survey. Register and receive your free guide at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Saturday 18th January - winter birds.

On Saturday 18th January - from 10am until noon - HDBAG will be joining forces with Starbeck in Bloom to celebrate our winter birds. There will be crafts and refreshments inside the library and

a bird trail round the neighbouring Belmont Park.

Good fun for the family.Come and join us!!

 

 

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Click HERE for details of 'What Was On' in 2013

 

 

 

 

Lupin

Biodiversity is simply the web of life on Earth

It comprises a hugely diverse range of species, genes and ecosystems