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On the trail of two Yorkshire rarities.

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to hop it to the Moors again, and I was very happy because the weather forecast was quite good, and it was about the right time of year to find two of Yorkshire’s special butterflies; Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Large Heath.

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Ashberry Pasture

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take the car and do a long walk, so I headed for Ashberry Pasture near Rievaulx for a six-miler, hoping to see some nice plants and insects. The plants didn’t disappoint.

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Mothing in Dalby

We set three moth traps out around Dalby forest during the field course, and on Thursday, Terry Crawford of the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union Lepidoptera Group came out to tell us about them. Here we are plus some of the catch!

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Bats at Ellerburn Church

Ellerburn church is my kind of church: small, in a beautiful spot, old, and full of bats. Unfortunately the small congregation disagrees about the attractions of the bats. Nonetheless, the bats haven’t been evicted yet, and it is still possible to watch them emerge of a summer evening.

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Secrets of Pexton Bank

Pexton Bank, adjacent to Ellerburn Bank, is one of Dalby Forest’s best kept secrets. Dozens of people walk past it every day without realizing what’s there.   Read more…

Ellerburn Pilgrimage

I’m tempted to say that I only really feel complete when I’m in  a place like Ellerburn Bank. I kept saying to myself how lucky I was to be alive in a place like that.

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