THE WOLDS AND RIVERBANK COUNTRYSIDE SOCIETY BULLETIN
The Programme for December 2017 to May 2018
For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097
Friday, 15th December, 2017 THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ and PARTY
NIGHT (Members only)
Our annual Christmas Quiz and Party is one of our most popular
evenings. We have established a popular quiz format over many years,
and we play as teams so that everyone can be involved.
And, of course, there is food and drink. Everyone who comes brings some
food to add to the spread, which usually includes savouries, sandwiches,
salads, cakes and desserts which we all share. Tea and coffee will be
served free, but you might want to bring your own wine – if you don’t
think it will jeopardise your performance in the quiz! As part of the
Christmas season, it’s always a convivial evening, so come and enjoy the
Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 THE LOST TOWNS OF THE
YORKSHIRE COAST AND THE RIVER HUMBER.
will give an illustrated talk about towns and villages which have
disappeared from the Holderness coast. Phil, who is a long-standing
member of the society,
is a song writer and composer, local historian and writer.
Coastal erosion has claimed many towns and villages along the
Holderness coast. The forty miles of this changing coastline are made of
boulder clay left over from the last Ice Age, which offers very little
resistance to the waves’ actions. Over thirty villages have been lost
to the North Sea and the River
Humber since the Domesday Book was compiled in the late 11th
The first part of the talk will focus on villages and towns
situated along the Yorkshire coast. The secon
part will deal with those lost near Spurn Point and within the
Humber Estuary itself. The most famous of these was Ravenser Odd, a
significant port during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, which
Hull in importance. The presentation will conclude with an
exposition of the historic changes to the Spurn peninsula and potential
February, 2018 BEES AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM TO YOUR GARDEN
a lecturer at the University of Hull, will give an illustrated talk on
bees and how to attract them to your garden. You will remember the
fascinating talk on spiders which she gave to the society in October,
2016. Africa is
a biologist interested in Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology who
has been hooked on Natural History since childhood and likes to use
photography to document animal behaviour. Her
research focuses on invertebrates, especially those dispersing
She has an obsessive interest in all topics related to human evolution,
and is a birdwatcher. She is also keen on science communication and
keeps several blogs, amongst them BugBlog, on invertebrate natural
Bees pollinate three-quarters of the world's most important crops, but
they are disappearing globally at an alarming rate as a result of
pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. Around 13 of the UK’s
bee species are now extinct, and 35 others are under threat of
extinction. If these little insects that help provide so much of the
food we eat were to vanish, what would we do without them?
Africa will explain how you can make your garden a bee paradise, and
contribute to the revival of bee populations.
Sunday, 18th March, 2018 WORKING PARTY AT THE RESERVE.
If you visit the society’s nature reserve in February and March, you
will enjoy the bright carpets of snowdrops and the spreading patches of
yellow aconites and wild daffodils in the wood lighting up the winter
gloom. Then between March and April, the
white flowers of the wood anemone bloom
before the tree canopy becomes too dense, and then come the bluebells.
Outside the wood, in late spring and summer, you will see the
spectacular blooming of the meadow which has been reseeded after the
dominating common knapweed was removed. All this is the result of
work and planting by members.
On this March day come and be part of the spring reserve working party.
Our nature reserve belongs to members, and needs regular care and
development. Members will be working in the reserve in Elloughton next
to the Ionians’ Rugby Club from 10am to 12pm. There’s always a lot to
do – like removal of dead trees and fallen branches, hedge pruning,
thinning of saplings, and removal of ivy on the ground – so your help
would be valuable. At half-time we have a convivial break in the wood
for hot drinks and biscuits provided free by the society. For more
information, telephone Tony on 01482 668064.
Wednesday, 21st March, 2018 THE ROAD FROM KATHMANDU TO
will give an illustrated talk about a journey
overland by bus, train, rickshaw and taxi through
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Angela
has always been a keen adventurer. She
travelling round the world before marrying. Having recently retired
from a Further Education
where she taught English and Maths to young adults with learning
disabilities, and with her
now adults, she has more time for adventures. She has walked the Inca
Trail and seen
Northern Lights in Iceland, and plans to return to India, and to see
wildlife in Botswana.
Her talk starts with the journey from Chaing Mai in the north of
Thailand and covers staying with hill tribes,
trekking through the jungle, experiencing the massage parlours of
Bangkok, travelling through Malaysia by train, staying on remote islands
with idyllic beaches and full moon parties, attending a cremation
ceremonn Indonesia, and breakfasting on bananas and tea in Bali.
talks are humorous and illustrated with slides, and she has some clothes
and props from the countries she speaks of.
Sunday, 15th April, 2018 BIRDING AT THE FAR INGS NATURE
a long-time bird enthusiast, will lead a bird walk at Far Ings Nature
Reserve west of Barton on Humber, starting at 11am. The pits and
reedbeds at Far Ings and along the Humber bank are a legacy of the tile
and cement industry which flourished between 1850 and 1959. After the
pits were abandoned, they filled naturally with water and were colonised
densely by reeds, but over the years the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has
developed the techniques of reedbed management to dramatic effect:
bitterns, kingfishers, water voles and a variety of other wildlife can
now be seen at Far Ings.
In December, 2013, the
nature reserve and the Education and Visitor Centre were flooded by a
storm surge when water overtopped the Humber Bank. The river surge
damaged the freshwater pits with saline water, but the salinity levels
dropped quickly and the pits are recovering well. There are three
maintained visitors' routes around the reserve. Much of the pathway
system is suitable for wheelchair access (except when sheep are present
and the gates must be kept closed) and there is access for disabled
persons at two bird hides. Altogether, there are six hides overlooking
lakes, reedbeds and scrapes.
The Visitor Centre is up
and running again. Binoculars are provided there, as well as images of
many of the birds you may spot. Interpretative and interactive displays
give you an insight into the natural and social history of Far Ings.
The centre is fully accessible on both floors. There are toilets and
simple refreshment facilities (a coffee machine and packeted biscuits) -
and you can get tea/coffee at The Humber Bridge Country Hotel
the Humber side of the Reserve.
To get there by car
cross the Humber Bridge
(toll for cars £1.50 each way) on the A15.
Leave the A15 at
the first (left side) filter exit after the Humber Bridge to join the
Follow the A1077 right
across the roundabout and over the A15
Take the first exit left
from the roundabout to follow the A1077
Take the first right-side
turning off the A1077 (look for the brown tourist signs) to go down
Gravel Pit Lane.
Along Gravel Pit Lane take
the third turning on the right onto the Far Ings Road.
Then, take the first road
on the left to the Visitors’ Centre car park. If you Google Far
Ings National Nature Reserve, you’ll find a good web site with maps of
how to get there and of the reserve. We will meet at the car park at
For those of you with
satnav, the postcode of the reserve is DN18 5RG.
Sunday, 22nd April, 2018 TIDY-UP AT ELLOUGHTON
Our society cares actively for the local environment and our annual
clean-up of our local rights of way will take place this year at
Elloughton, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. We will meet at the gate to Peggy
Farrow’s Wood, at the beginning of Elloughton Dale where there is some
car-parking space nearby. Gloves, picking-up sticks and plastic bags
will be provided at the meeting place. Each pair of cleaners is given a
section to work on, so you will be able to see the difference you have
made. Collected rubbish is to be left at an agreed place for collection
by the East Riding Council. For more information, telephone Tony on
Wednesday, 16th May, 2018 THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and
THE WORK OF THE R.S.P.C.A.
This evening will begin with the Annual General Meeting of the society.
The agenda will include short reports from the Secretary, the
Treasurer, and the Chair, and the election of officers and committee
That will be followed by an illustrated talk by Alison Ripley
about the work of the R.S.P.C.A. Alison has worked for the RSPCA for
nearly twenty years, initially at the centre in Bawtry. She then moved
to Hull in 2009 to manage the RSPCA Centre on Clough Road.
all too familiar with horror stories in the media about cruelty to
animals. The RSPCA was the first to introduce a law to protect animals
and work hard to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and
suffering. “All animals” means animals in labs,
the wild, paddocks and in our homes.
Alison will talk about the work of the organisation in our area.
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Last updated: Feb 2018