HUNTINGDONSHIRE FAUNA & FLORA SOCIETY

SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMME 2020

 

Sunday 19th APRIL 2.30pm Monks Wood

Leader: Katy Smith/Barry Dickerson

Monks Wood is one of Britain’s best known lowland woods. Its 157 hectares of oak, ash and hazel woodland with their rides, glades and ponds are home to many species of wild plants and a rich insect fauna. Over 1,000 different kinds of beetles have been found here, making the wood one of the top sites in Britain for these insects. Meet at Bevill's Gate (TL201796). There is limited parking, therefore please lift share where possible. [Covid-19: this meeting has been cancelled; we will reschedule for next year]


Sunday 10th MAY 2.30pm St. Ives Old Golf Course

Leader: Pat Doody

This is a new site for the group to visit and the plan is to do a survey in May with another in July for the Huntingdonshire District Council. Note that the site is now available to the public and no permission required is for entry, so feel free to visit and survey if you cannot make the two dates. Meet at the southern end of the car park at One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Rd, Saint Ives PE27 6WU. Grid reference TL307719. We will walk from there, gaining access to the site near the Copley Scouting Centre. [Covid-19: this meeting has been cancelled; we will reschedule for next year]


Sunday 21st JUNE 2.30pm Somersham Local Nature Reserve

Leader: Peter Lake/Phil Clark

Somersham Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a wonderful example of how nature reclaims places if left alone. This was part of the railway line from Cambridge to March, built in 1848 for the transport of coal and agricultural produce before closing in 1967. The nature reserve of 12 hectares includes areas of woodland, grassland and wildflower meadows, a lake and wet woodland. The disused railway line is designated as a County Wildlife Site to recognise the importance of its neutral grassland within the county. The site is jointly owned by Cambridgeshire County Council and Somersham Parish Council. Park on Springfield in Somersham and car share if possible. Grid reference TL365781. [Covid-19: this meeting has been cancelled; we will reschedule for next year]


MIDWEEK WALK

Wednesday 8th JULY 10.30am St. Ives Old Golf Course

Leader: Pat Doody

This is a follow up from the initial survey in May. Meet at the southern end of the car park One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Rd, Saint Ives PE27 6WU. Grid reference TL307719. We will walk from there gaining access to the site near the Copley Scouting Centre. [Covid-19: this meeting has been cancelled; we will reschedule for next year]


Sunday 19th JULY 2.30pm Godmanchester Eastside Common

Leader: Pat Doody

Godmanchester Eastside Common is a 29.7 hectare site on the east of Godmanchester and is registered common land and an SSSI. There are two fields, with a disused railway line separating them. The southern field has lines of ridge and furrow. Parking is limited at the end of Cow Lane near the entrance to the Wildlife Trust Godmanchester Nature Reserve. It is likely there will be grazing cattle in the field. Grid reference TL263714. [Covid-19: this meeting has been cancelled; we will reschedule for next year]


Sunday 16th AUGUST 2.30pm Barnack Hills & Holes

Leader: Tim Sutton

Barnack Hills & Holes is a 23.3 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. Arising from the rubble of a medieval quarry, the Hills and Holes is one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites. The grassy slopes are home to a profusion of wild flowers and it is rich in butterfly species. The unique hummocky landscape was created by quarrying for limestone and was first exploited by the Romans over 1,500 years ago. Barnack’s rich flora supports a wide variety of wildlife, especially insects, and a number of nationally scarce species are found. Park in the site car park in Barnack on Wittering Road. Grid reference TL073048.


Sunday 13rd SEPTEMBER 2.30pm Holme Fen

Leader: Katy Smith

Holme Fen is a 269.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and is part of the Great Fen Project, which aims to create a 3,700 hectare wetland wildlife area that includes Holme Fen, Woodwalton Fen and surrounding areas. It is home to a variety of birds, including Siskin, Nightingale and Lesser Redpoll with over 800 species of butterflies and moths recorded and around 450 species of fungi. Holme Fen is described by Natural England as the finest example of birch woodland in lowland Britain and part of it includes some of the area that was Whittlesey Mere, which was drained in the nineteenth century. Some relict wetland plants survive such as Saw Sedge and Fen Wood-rush. Two new lakes have been excavated. Meet at the Great Fen Information Car Park on the B660 at grid reference TL222876, and then we will car share as there is limited parking at Holme Fen.


Sunday 18th OCTOBER 2.00pm Archer’s Wood

Leader: Alan Robbins/Sheila Wells

For our Fungi Foray this year, we will be visiting Archers Wood, which is owned by The Woodland Trust. Archers Wood covers 18.6 hectares. Directions: Leave the A1 at junction 15. At the roundabout take the first exit, and continue along Toll Bar Way, then turn right at the T-junction, signposted Coppingford. Continue until you see the wood on the left. Parking is in the laybys near the junction of St. Judith's Lane. Grid reference TL172813.

 

When attending Field Meetings please wear sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate for the site conditions and weather. For further information about the summer programme please contact either Peter Lake on 01763-261554 or Barry Dickerson on 01480-475689.