The Programme for December 2018 to May 2019
For further information about events contact Keith on 01482 667097.
Friday, 14th December, 2018 THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ AND PARTY (Members Only)
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.
Friday, 18th January, 2019 REWRITING EAST YORKSHIRE’S IRON-AGE HISTORY
Phil Gilbank will give an illustrated talk about recent important Iron Age findings in the East Riding. Phil was the chairman of the Pocklington & District Local History Group when the town suddenly acquired a 'new' ancient history when a housing development on the edge of Pocklington uncovered a hitherto unknown Iron Age square barrow cemetery. It turned out be the largest such excavation in Britain for almost 50 years, and the finds and their subsequent analysis are of international importance and are rewriting the area's Iron Age history.
The local community is keen to keep in the town the 1,000 artefacts found so far, which include a chariot, sword, shield, spears, knives, beads, bangles, brooches and pots. Phil now heads Pocklington Heritage Partnership that includes representatives of local organisations plus experts and committed individuals, which is working towards creating a heritage centre to showcase the finds.
What has been found at Pocklington is remarkable; but East Yorkshire abounds with archaeology and Phil believes that similar discoveries are yet to be uncovered elsewhere in the Riding as more development occurs. Some notable Iron Age artefacts have been recorded by metal detectorists in Elloughton, Brough, Welton and Brantingham and Phil will also cover a few of these finds in his talk.
Friday, 15th February, 2019 SOME LOCAL NATURE STORIES
Richard Shillaker will give an illustrated talk featuring some local animals and plants, and highlighting aspects of their natural history. Richard is a long-standing member of WaRCS who has contributed Richard’s Nature Notes to the Bulletin for many years. His natural history interests are quite broad but he has a particular liking for ponds, and has previously given a well-received talk about damselflies and dragonflies.
Friday, 15th March, 2019 REWILDING THE UNITED KINGDOM
Toby Hanfling will give an illustrated talk about the rewilding of the UK. Toby is a biology student with a long-standing interest in ecology and a particular concern about the decline of wildlife.
Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% since 1970 and the UK is now one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Toby’s talk will look at the ways in which human activity has been responsible for the decline and look at conservation strategies which are being adopted to slow down the decline and improve biodiversity. In particular, he will discuss the controversial issue of large-scale reintroduction of species once native to the UK.
Sunday, 31st March, 2019 WORKING ON THE RESERVE
The society’s nature reserve -- a wood and a meadow --has become well-loved for its carpets of snowdrops brightening the winter gloom, and a popular place to walk at any time of year. But in 2019 after the snowdrops have died off, visitors will see new spring colours appearing all over the wood. Since the autumn of 2017, society members have planted in the wood 700 wild daffodil and 500 bluebell bulbs along with 1200 winter aconite rhizomes and 800 wood anenome rhizomes. 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 delightful woodland walks in the spring.
The meadow, too, has been improved after the common knapweed take-over of summer 2017. The knapweed plants were uprooted before they seeded and the ground was carefully prepared and 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 last February about how to create a bee paradise, and contribute to the revival of bee populations. The hedge between the meadow and Ionians’ land has grown well. The silver birches in the hedge were mostly removed because they threatened to become very tall and cast too much shadow over the meadow. The hedge now consists of lower-growing, berry-bearing trees which after the sunny summer have provided a healthy 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, raking off the early spring mowing on the meadow, hedge trimming around the wood, planting English daffodils and winter aconites, and removing any remaining Dutch garden daffodils.
This morning why not come and be part of the spring 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.
Sunday, 14th April, 2019 LITTER CLEAN UP AT WELTON
This year our annual clean-up of our local rights of way will take place at Welton from 10.00am to 12.00pm. Our society cares actively for the local environment. The R.S.P.C.A. receives more than 5,000 calls a year concerning litter, and unfortunately, wildlife is the main victim of people’s rubbish. Everyday objects that seem perfectly safe can become hazardous when found accidentally by animals. Many animals try to eat balloons and plastic bags and then choke, or climb inside and suffocate. Chinese lanterns (sky lanterns) can seriously injure animals through ingestion, entanglement and entrapment. Animals looking for food can get trapped in cans and glass jars or injured by sharp edges of a can or broken glass. Elastic bands, although seemingly harmless, can wrap around small animals and the beaks of birds and choke them, and animals can also get entangled in plastic can holders and suffer deep wounds or even choke. The smallest objects can have big effects on small animals. To clear away people’s rubbish in order to save animals, and in order to maintain an attractive environment for ourselves, we organise a litter pick-up each year.
We will meet in Welton village on the small, triangular green across the road from the place where the stream emerges from under the road. There is parking space along nearby Chapel Hill. 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 01482 668064.
Sunday, 28th April, 2019 BIRDING AT NORTH CAVE WETLANDS
Gary Morrell, an old friend of the society and a long-time bird enthusiast, will lead a bird walk at North Cave Wetlands (Dryam Lane, HU15 2LY). North Cave Wetlands, although a former sand and gravel quarry, is now an oasis of thriving wildlife. It is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve of regional importance for birds, run on behalf of the Trust by a team of local volunteers.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website describes the wetlands. “A mixture of shallow and deep-water lakes and reedbeds provides outstanding habitat for passage, breeding and wintering wildfowl, waders, terns and gulls. Originally, shallow gravel islands were created in three lakes to provide breeding grounds for little ringed and ringed plovers, avocet, oystercatcher, lapwing and common tern. There is a resident population of tufted duck, gadwall, great crested grebe and sometimes shoveler. In spring and summer, small numbers of migrant wading birds pass through. Reed and sedge warblers and reed buntings are common in and around the reedbed and the north side of the reserve.” In more recent years, three flat interlinked cells of flood meadowland have been created and Wader scrapes and small dragonfly ponds have extended site biodiversity.
Four hides and a perimeter path around the original site give outstanding views for novice naturalist or expert birder alike. They are popular with photographers too, and those just enjoying a beautiful walk in the countryside. Daily records are kept in the hides, and Angela Brown at the Wild Bird Café in the entrance car park can give further information and site maps.
We will meet at 10am at the entrance to the Wetlands where there is good car parking space. The walk will finish about mid-day at the car park where food and drink is available from The Wild Bird Café which is open until 3pm.
Friday, 17th May, 2019 THE A.G.M. and A GLIMPSE OF EDWARIAN LIFE THROUGH “THE HULL LADY” MAGAZINE
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 Michelle 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.