Winter Talks programme 2019-20
The new winter programme is now available to download. Go to Activities then Indoor meetings and click on the file and it will open as a pdf if you have Adobe Reader on your device. We look forward to seeing you.

Summer Residential Excursion
Dates: Monday 8th July – Wednesday 10th July 2019
Programme: A guided walk around the Knepp Estate, Sussex

Here is the Information Sheet and the Consent form to download and return to the Membership Secretary: Alan Starkey 14 Bramley Close Ledbury HR8 2XP.
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Eden’s quiz

Members’ Night
If you did not attend Members’ night slide show Friday evening (and more than usual did not) you missed a rare treat. As a departure from normal practice of only sending messages of upcoming meetings this time I felt the urge to tell you about the slide show.
The committee had decided to apply more structure to the evening, and to give us an opportunity to showcase the range of field activities we organize.
Eden Tanner began with a compilation of photographs, from various participants, of the visit to Dorset in early July. Our visit included tours of Arne RSPB Reserve, Durlston NNR and the Herpetological Society site, and the photographs depicted the broad array of fauna and flora in that area.
Janet Parry then reviewed the latest wildlife survey at Dales Hall, Castlemorton Common and showed the seasonal diversity of the location.
Kate Wollen made an impassioned plea for more help with the Conservation work at Queenswood with the enticing prospect of seeing hibernating dormice as a bonus.
Alan Pike briefly reported on the Summer visits especially the family day at Ast Wood, the farm visit to The Leys at Pembridge and the summer picnic at Siege Wood.
The much-travelled Alan Parry showed a variety of interesting photographs from visits to Finland, Bulgaria and Spain.
David Tafts contributions are always endearingly engaging and this year’s was no exception as he shared photographs of visitors to his garden, including badgers with a penchant for bird food. He also showed photographs of various galls, which answered at least some of my own questions about things I have seen but not recognized.
Phyl King gave a brilliant photo-essay of the redevelopment of a pond in her garden and the consequent blooming of the wildlife therein. Quite inspirational for those of us with more modest ponds.
Dennis Beetlestone showed photographs taken on a holiday in Madagascar, lucky chap. Quite exotic and lovely to see a family of ring-tailed lemurs.
Hilary Ward had been on holiday in Crete and showed us photographs of lots of beautiful plants including a whole range of orchids.
Last, but not least, Jo Hackmann reported a very interesting video experiment with her iPhone. These were remarkably good quality and something I shall be trying out in spring. Great idea, Jo.
This was an excellent evening so a big thank you to all who contributed. Surely this format will become a regular feature of our programme.

Field trip to Moccas Park
Thirty four members and friends turned up at Moccas Park for the last outing of the season. After an introduction to the site by Reserves Manager Bob Silverwood we walked around the woodland marveling at the old trees. The ‘Old man of Moccas’ referred to by the Reverend Kilvert in his diary: “I fear those grey old men of Moccas Park, those grey, gnarled, low-browed, knock-kneed, bowed, bent, huge, strange, long-armed, deformed, hunched-backed, misshapen oak men that stand waiting and watching century after century.” was a highlight (Photographed by Eden Tanner).

Field trip to Ast Wood near Ledbury
Twenty five members and friends were treated to a wonderful guided tour of Ast Wood by Steve Betts. The sun shone brightly and we thoroughly enjoyed the magical woods and the post-walk scones and Welsh cakes. Cherry Greenway reports: there were four new fungus records for Ast and a new County host record.

50th Anniversary Celebration Picnic
Ledbury Naturalists enjoy a great summer picnic at Siege Wood, Woolhope, courtesy of Mark O’Brien and Liz Vice

Photographed by Eden Tanner

Ledbury Community Day
Did you see us at our stand?  We recruited some new members (so Alan Starkey is happy) and entertained visitors with snakes brought by our colleague Nigel Hand. Eden produced his slide show, and Janet Parry and other committee members were on hand to talk to visitors. In other words a great success. We look forward to welcoming our new members to summer walks and winter talks.