The Programme for May to December, 2019

For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097.

Friday, 17th May, 2019      

THE A.G.M. and


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 members. Then, Michele Beadle, Reader Assistant at the Hull History Centre, will take us into the lives of the people of Hull over a hundred years ago.  It will be a glimpse of Edwardian Life as told through the “Hull Lady” magazine.  This was a short-lived magazine, that now gives an insight to life in Edwardian Hull through its many and varied topics. This includes a baking section, and Michele will bring along a cake from a delicious recipe as printed in Issue number 2 (December 1901) for you to sample. Members will remember Michele’s past talks to the society on Amy Johnson and the 1921 crash of the R38 Airship in the Humber and know they can look forward to another well-researched and interesting journey into the past.

Saturday, 22nd June, 2019      


Today society members will visit Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserves and one of their largest.  The reserve is an area of low-lying land south-east of Doncaster covering over 580 acres (235 hectares) with a mixture of habitats from open water and marsh through reed-fen, wet woodland (carrland) and scrub.  In places, there are remnants of the kind of habitat that existed 250 years ago.  Half the reserve has been designated by Natural England as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its reed-fen communities. The reserve is famed for its wetland birds, including breeding bitterns and marsh harriers, and around 65 species breed there each year, including black-necked grebe, marsh harrier, and Cetti’s warbler.  Marsh plants include greater spearwort, lesser water-plantain, lesser reedmace, greater tussock sedge, purple small-reed, great water dock, yellow-wort and traveller’s-joy.  Twenty eight species of butterfly have been recorded including white-letter hairstreak, purple hairstreak and brown argus.  Seventeen of the twenty species of dragonfly recorded are known to have bred here. The reserve is open from 9am – 5pm.  Entry is free to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust members and £4.50 for an adult non-member with concessions at £3.50.  Access to the visitor centre and highly-rated café is free for all and the café is open from 9am – 4pm with food served until 3pm.  There are toilets including a disabled toilet.  Potteric Carr has a network of permissive footpaths and waymarked trails enabling visitors to explore the mosaic of habitats, and 13 viewing hides (10 suitable for people with disabilities).  All footpaths, except for a few unsurfaced trails, are wheelchair friendly.  Please note that dogs are not permitted on the reserve (except for guide dogs). Directions and times    Follow the A63 onto the M62.  Follow the M62 and turn left onto the M18.  Follow the M18, then take Junction 3 towards Doncaster and follow signs for the A6182 (White Rose Way).  Follow the A6182 and at the first set of lights you reach, turn right into Mallard Way.  Park at the visitor centre car park at about 11am.  Members will aim to car-share as far as possible.  Address: Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB.  OS Map Reference – SE58800.  The journey should take under an hour from Brough.

Saturday, 6th July   MOTHING ON THE MEADOW

Come and see the Creatures of the Night.  During this evening, we will have Ian Marshall with us.  Ian is our local moth expert who will help us identify the moths and other insects that are active at night. We will meet at 10.00 p.m. on the land under the trees at the west (Ionians’) end of the meadow.  Lights will be set up over white sheets so that when the moths are attracted to the lights, they fall conveniently onto the sheets allowing us to identify them before they recover and fly away. Entrance is from Brantingham Road next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club with a short walk through the wood, or from Spindlewood with a longer walk through the wood.  All members and their friends are welcome. There is no charge for this event.

August     is holiday time so there are no events this month

Friday, 20th September, 2019   



This evening Les Gibbon will give an illustrated talk about his conservation work on a farm in East Yorkshire, where he is helping the local owl population.  Les has over thirty years’ experience as a photographer.  He started off his career at the Mail and now co-runs a picture agency called “Hull News & Pictures”.  Les takes pictures of everything from daily news events to commercial and industrial subjects, but nature, wildlife photography and the great outdoors has always been his passion. (P.T.O.) His talk about his conservation work will include building nest boxes, photography hides and the making of a fox den, and fitting them with cameras and setting dslr camera traps.  If time permits, other topics covered during the evening will include macro and moth photography.

Friday, 18th October, 2019   


John Bailey will give a talk with demonstrations on garden tools and gadgets.  John, a retired Engineering Manager and Chief Mission Systems Engineer at BAE Systems Brough, has been an avid gardener for over 45 years and a member of the Royal Horticultural Society for about 40 years. As an engineer he has always been interested in garden tools and gadgets to make life easier.  His current garden in West Ella is approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of an acre and consists of part mature woodland, shrubs, and borders, lawns, hedges front and back, rockery, a small wildlife area, a pond, top fruit and soft fruits trees and bushes, raised bed vegetable plots, a greenhouse and a shed and garage for storing tools and gadgets.  Such a large and complex garden needs a large number of tools and gadgets to minimise the effort needed to keep it under control.

The talk will be both instructive and humorous, and will include demonstrations of many tools and gadgets ( 40 to 50+), some of which may be new to you, which he has found to be useful for all situations and activities in the garden.  He will also talk about well and badly designed garden tools with some tips on their maintenance.

Sunday,  27th October, 2019   


The society’s nature reserve — a wood and a meadow –has become well-loved for its carpets of snowdrops in the wood brightening the winter gloom, and a popular place to walk at any time of year.  But this year after the snowdrops died off, visitors soon saw new spring colours appearing as wild daffodils and aconites flowered.  By the time you receive this Bulletin wood anenomes and bluebells will have appeared all over the wood.  All this is the result of planting by society members since the autumn of 2017.  To maintain the native character of the wood, clumps of cultivated daffodils were removed to happy homes in people’s gardens.  Paths have been improved with another layer of wood chips, and diseased and dangerous trees have been removed. All this creates the promise of woodland walks in the spring becoming more delightful each year as the flowers spread The meadow, too, has been improved after the common knapweed take-over of summer 2017.  Knapweed plants were uprooted before they seeded and the ground was reseeded to achieve a greater variety of smaller flowering plants — with viper’s bugloss, eyebright, wild strawberry, wood cranesbill, rough hawkbit, sainfoin, bulbous buttercup, yellow rattle, wild thyme, and wild red clover.  On the sunny side of the wood facing the meadow and its flowers, members have built two “bee hotels”, following the advice of Africa Gomez in her talk in February, 2018 about how to create a bee paradise and contribute to the revival of bee populations.  After removal of most silver birches in the hedge bordering the Ionians’ grounds, the hedge now consists of lower-growing, berry-bearing trees which provide a healthy Autumn larder for birds. There is still a lot to do to develop and manage a wood and meadow, and on this Sunday morning members will gather to carry out a range of activities:  replenishing the wood chips on the paths, clearing more ivy ready for further planting, hedge trimming around the wood, andraking off the mown hay on the meadow.  This morning why not come and be part of the autumn working party to help?  Members will be working in the reserve on Brantingham Road, Elloughton next to the Ionians’ Rugby Club from 10am to 12pm.  At half time, we have a convivial break for hot drinks and biscuits provided by the society.  Do remember that the reserve is for native wild plants, and members should not plant any cultivated plants, however fine they look in gardens.  Any planting should be done by agreement with the Wolds committee.  For more information telephone Tony on 01482 668064.

Friday, 15th November, 2019    


Dave Roberts, will give a talk about the everyday tasks the Humber Rescue Boat has to undertake.  Dave is one of the volunteer crew members who come from all walks of life and readily exchange leisure, comfort and sleep for cold, wet and fatigue. The Humber Rescue is an independent charity which in 2015 marked its 25th year in supplying fast response search and rescue operations on the Humber Estuary covering 540 square miles of water, including the Rivers Hull, Trent, Ouse and Humber. The Wolds…Society’s Annual Nature Photographic Competition will also take place this evening and is open to all pictures taken by members which have not previously been entered in our competition, including photographs of the Reserve.  Each member may submit three entries, titled or not – although an identification of the subject would be helpful.  The size is open, and prints should be brought to the meeting.  Each member in attendance will be given the chance to vote for the best photographs.  The Kingfisher Trophy will be awarded to the winner to hold for one year and will be inscribed with the winner’s name.  Photographs of the meadow and wood will become part of the notice board display at meetings

Friday, 13th December, 2019  


Our annual Christmas Quiz and Party is one of our most popular evenings.  Over many years we have established a successful quiz format covering a variety of topics, and we play as teams so everyone can contribute. And, of course, there is the food and drink.  Everyone who comes brings food to add to the spread, which usually includes savouries, sandwiches, salads, cakes and desserts which we all share.  This year there will be no “single-use” plastic cutlery provided so please bring your own cutlery (knife, fork and spoon) and a something to wipe it clean with after use.  Tea and coffee are served free, but you might want to bring your own wine to add to the merry mood.  It’s always a thoroughly convivial evening so come and enjoy a fun evening with others.