The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for April 2018

Our February talk “The Disappearing Hedgehog” was a sobering reminder of just how many pressures our wildlife faces from population increase, climate change etc. It also emphasised to me just how important is the effort of voluntary groups and committed individuals to protecting our natural environment.

The next two events on our Spring Programme are:-

Wednesday 30th May: The Black Stuff & AGM
After 25 years working in industry Dr Jean McKendree changed her career goals by taking an MSc in Environmental Science at the University of York, and postgraduate study at Loughborough University.  She is now an Executive Officer at the Non-Native Species Secretariat, working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency in York.  Her illustrated presentation is entitled “The Black Stuff – estimating burning on a grouse moor using recent carbon deposits”. Meet at 8pm in the Reading Room.

Sunday 17th June: Cycle Ride and Visit to Burnby Hall
Meet at 11am outside the children’s play area in Intake Lane for our cycle ride to Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington, along a 26 mile cross-country round trip. We plan to have a picnic lunch at Burnby Hall at about 12.30pm, when you can meet us if you are coming by car. We then have a chance to look round the magnificent displays of water lilies and other plants in the gardens, and to listen to the Swinton and District Excelsior Band from 2pm to 4pm.

Our next Woodland Working parties will be held on Saturdays the 21st April, 26th May, 9th June and 21st July.  Meet at the wood end of Intake Lane at 10 a.m or just find us in the wood. Details will be posted on the notice board as you enter the wood. All equipment will be provided and we usually work through to 1 p.m. You will be made very welcome even if you only stay for an hour or two.

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