What’s On

HDBAG AGM 15th October 2022



Please find attached a flyer with details of our AGM which is being held at RHS Harlow Carr on Saturday 23rd March. You don’t have to be a member of the RHS to attend our AGM but to speed your entrance through to the meeting please let us know you intend to come and we will meet you. Please email any nominations for committee offices to biodiversityaction@gmail.com Pamela Millen Secretary

Summary of March 2019 events

Nidd Gorge 10:00 – 16:00 Thursday 21st March: Meeting at the Greenway car park on Bilton Lane. We will be finishing off the fence line we started on the last task. Once complete we will then move on to continuing the levelling work on the new/old access track. If you can help notify Countryside Ranger, Parks and Environmental Services, email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk mob: 07525 988288 Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group AGM, Saturday 23rd March 10 – 12. RHS Harlow Carr, Jubilee Room, Bramall Learning Centre. Meeting includes a guided tour of the RHS Harlow Carr Library. If not a member of the RHS please email us at biodiversityaction@gmail.com and we will meet you at the entrance.

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group. Work days Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March from 10.00 – 16.00 to move and rake stone for footpath improvement. Meet at the car park near the squash club on Hookstone Wood Road If attending notify Countryside Ranger Parks and Environmental Services email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk mob: 07525 988288

Working party at Aspin Pond, Knaresborough Saturday March 23. Litter pick. Meeting at 10am at the pond. We aim to go down the footpaths as far as Abbey Road. Litter grabbers, bin bags and hi-vis jackets will be provided. Please bring gloves. Pinewood Conservation Group. Litter pick 23rd March 10-12 Meet at The Council Nurseries on Nursery Lane East, just off Harlow Moor Road on Sat 23rd March at 10am. The pick is not expected to last more than 2 hours. Just bring gloves – bags will be provided

Workshop Day 2nd March

HDBAG will be cutting back brambles that are overgrowing the pathways in the wildlife area of Valley Gardens from 10 -12. Meet at Ebor Rise entrance and wear protective clothing and bring secateurs. Please reply to the email above if you are able to help out.

HASAG will be in the Stonefall/Panhandle Park from 10 -12 litter picking and clearing encroaching vegetation from around the infant trees. If attending let Sam Walker know on sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk or HSAG at HASAGgroup@outlook.com

RURAL CRIME North Yorkshire Police’s – ‘Operation Owl’

North Yorkshire Police is calling for the public to take part in ‘Operation Owl’ – a new initiative to prevent the persecution of birds of prey in our countryside. North Yorkshire is known for its wonderful countryside, which is home to many species of birds – including protected birds of prey (also known as raptors). 11.00 – 12.30 on Wed 3rd April in the Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley LS29 9DZ Click HERE for full details


Come and join us in Panhandle/Stonefall Parks for the RSPB big garden birdwatch. Spend an hour in the park and record the birds that you see. (note the most of any species that you see at one time) Let us know what you have seen or send your results directly to RSPB HASAG – spinninged@hotmail.co.uk

What Was On in 2018

December Oatlands Junior School. Work morning – Sunday 9th December. 9.30 – 1pm

Reply to lhind@oatlands-jun-n-yorks.sch.uk if attending There are a mixture of jobs to do, which will involve: -laying carpet membrane in the allotment area; -building a wooden compost bin; -building a leaf container; -putting up drainpipe and water butt; -painting bird table/outside shelter
Laura Hind
Year 4 teacher
Oatlands Junior School

Saturday 15th December From Sam Walker Countryside Ranger

Meeting at 10 am at the car park on Bilton Lane for work in Nidd Gorge. Reply to Sam if attending. . A Christmas cracker of a task which will involve removing a redundant fence line and having roaring festive fire! Mince pies will be provided. As always if you can come along please let me know and ensure you wear suitable clothing to include a water proof and sensible outdoor footwear.
Hopefully see you there
Parks and Environmental Services
P.O. Box 787
email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk
mob: 07525 988288


Volunteer opportunities with Countryside Ranger Sam Walker.
Please reply direct to Sam at sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk if you can help.
Click HERE for details

10 -12.30 Saturday 17th November
Details attached

Bilton Conservation Group AGM
and talk by Keith Wilkinson
2pm 17th November
Poster attached

Friends of Jacob Smith Park public meeting
7pm Monday 19th November
Agenda attached

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group AGM
and short talk by Sue Wood on Community involvement with ‘In Bloom’
7pm Monday 19th November
Scout Hut, Hookstone Wood Road, HG2 8PN

Upcoming volunteer opportunities
Nidd Gorge
From: Sam Walker Sam.Walker@harrogate.gov.uk
Please note the next sessions of the Nidd Gorge Volunteers are;
Saturday 20th October – Footpath Improvements. Working at the top of the wood, behind the Appleby Estate, we will be barrowing stone (a short distance I promise!) to improve a section of footpath that can become very boggy in Winter. As part of these improvements we will be putting in some drainage and potentially cutting back some vegetation so that the sun can dry the track. With 10 tonnes of stone to shift the more the merrier with this task!
Thursday 22nd November – Task TBC. Due to holiday’s and prior commitments this is a week later than usual. Full details to be provided nearer the time.
As always we will be meeting at the Scotton Car park on the Ripley Knaresborough Road at 10:00 and working till about 16:00. Please wear suitable clothing to include a water proof and decent footwear. As we will be working over lunch please bring any food or drink you require. If you are coming along please let me know.
Sam Walker
Countryside Ranger Parks and Environmental Services
P.O. Box 787
email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk
mob: 07525 988288

Monday Oct 1st 7:30pm
Talk on Hen Harriers
Roisin Taylor
Monday October 1st at Golden Lion RIPON
Click HERE for Poster

Help Harrogate HedgeHogs
Please help the Bilton Hogspital by voting for it with your green ‘Community’ discs at Harrogate Waitrose during August
Click HERE for poster
We are so lucky in Harrogate to have a place to take sick and wounded hedgehogs. Up to 400 a year are cared for here. This takes money for supplies and medication as well as a lot of time.

Harrogate and District Allotment Federation
2018 Allotment Show Sunday 19th August 2018 11.00am – 4.00pm
Show exhibits on display from 12 noon
Presentation of Trophies at 3.45pm
Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens
Raising funds for The Forest School, Knaresborough
Gardeners’ Question Hour 1.30 – 2.30p,
With Chris Beard and Roger Brownbridge

Bug Hunting… 11th August 2018
Experience the Adventure Trail while having an exciting bonus and go bug Hunting! Help will be at hand with identification. Check out our bug hotel in the mini beast area. Make a crazy bug in the activity barn!
Click for poster.

July 18th 2018
Moth morning at Sawley.
Click HERE for a poster.
Email if you wish to attend

Click HERE for details

Cherishing Churchyards week is 9 – 17 June
St John’s Church at Sharow are running a week of special events
Click HERE for details

NIDDFEST at Pateley Bridge
16/17th June
Click HERE for Website

Swift Awareness Week is the 16 – 23 June
Includes the following:
Gledhow Swifts – Tuesday 19th June

Gilling East Swift evening – Tuesday 19th June
Swift Talk and Walk Helmsley – Thursday 21st June
Click HERE for poster
Swifts Market Stall Masham – Saturday 23rd June
Click HERE for details of all Swift events

New volunteering opportunity in Nidd Gorge
There is a new regular volunteer group in the Nidd Gorge. Led by the Woodland Trust; in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council. Sam Walker will be leading a monthly session to help improve this unique site.
Click HERE for more details
and HERE for a poster

May 6th – 12 is Hedgehog Awareness week
Hedgehogs are out and about at night now. You can help by feeding them on water, hedgehog food and meal worms. You can help them by not using slug pellets, anything followed by the word killer – weed, moss etc), and making sure no drops of wood preservative are within their reach (on the ground or for a good 12 inches at the bottom of fences).
Click HERE for more information
and HERE for a project to make a hedgehog feeder.

Sunday 6th May Woodland Trust Dawn Chorus Walk at Nidd Gorge
Join The Woodland Trust for International Dawn Chorus day at Nidd Gorge, Harrogate. Set your alarm clocks for a 4.45am start at the car park on the B6165 Knaresborough to Ripley Road. Booking essential on 0330 333 3300 Cost £2.50 per person.

12th May Ripon Walled Garden Spring plant fair and artisan market. 10 – 4
Click HERE for information

26 – 27 May RHS Harlow Carr
Children’s gardening weekend to inspire gardeners of the future.
Normal garden entry applies.

Throughout May at Horticap
A photographic exhibition “Plants and Birds” by U3A Photography Group
Ckick HERE for poster and directions


High Batts are holding a dragonfly identification workshop at North Stainley village hall on Saturday 14th, 9.30 – 12.30. Please refer to the attached flyer for registration details. Friends of Jacob Smith Park will be clearing the ground around the park’s young trees and would welcome your help on Sunday 15th April from 10 – 12. For details of how you can help please refer to the attached flyer for details.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will he hosting a guided Walk at Staveley Nature Reserve on Saturday 14th April from 10 -12
Register on line at www.ywt.org.
Standard registration is a donation of £5 and Member registration is £3 per person.

Pinewoods Conservation Group
Rescheduled Litter Pick – Fri 27th April 10am We are pleased to confirm that our delayed litter pick will take place on Fri 27th April from 10am to no longer than noon. Members of the committee will be joined by staff from RHS Harlow Carr and businesses from Cardale Park so please come along and take part.
We will be meeting at RHS Car Park 2 with litter picks and bags being provided so just bring gloves.


Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group AGM and walk around Staveley Nature Reserve
Saturday 24th March 2018 10am
Click HERE for more details or see item below

March Programme
Harrogate and District Naturalists Society
Swift Conservation by Edward Mayer
Wednesday 7th March 7.30pm
St Robert Centre, Robert Street, Harrogate
Visitors £3.00
Click HERE for poster

Harrogate District RSPB Local Group
The RSPB Reserves by Peter Holden
Monday 12th March 7.30pm
Christ Church Hall, Harrogate
£3 members, £4 visitors

Hookstone and Stonefall Action Group
SUNDAY 18th MARCH @ 10am .
“Walkabout” in Stonefall/Panhandle Park to look at what work needs to be done, accompanied by litter picking.
Meet at the Wetherby Road entrance.
Contact : Clare 07931179181 pskardon@sky.com
Edna 01423 543559 spinninged@hotmail.co.uk

Pinewoods Conservation Group
AGM & “Outdoors with Nature Again” with Nigel Heptinstall
Price: Free
Date time: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – 19:30
Location: The Green Hut, 44 Harlow Ave, Harrogate HG2 0AS
Contact: contactus@pinewoodsconservationgroup.org.uk
Please come and join us for our Annual General Meeting to find out about recent events and plans for 2018.
We are also pleased to have Nigel Heptinstall who will give a short talk on “Outdoors with Nature Again”. Many of you will remember Nigel from his regular Harrogate Advertiser column and we look forward to hearing his thoughts.

High Batts Nature Reserve Quarry Life Award
Quarrying for Wildlife
Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm
North Stainley Village Hall
Event is free and refreshments will be served
An evening of short illustrated talks centred round the Pennycroft quarry extension Exploring geology, history and its potential as a major new wildlife conservation area.
For more information: Highbatts.wordpress.com

Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group AGM and walk around Staveley Nature Reserve
Saturday 24th March 2018 10am –
Main Hide, Staveley Nature Reserve
Minskip Road, Staveley,
North Yorkshire, HG5 9LQ
10– 11am followed by walk around the reserve
All welcome
On the northern outskirts of Staveley, 2.5 miles south west of Boroughbridge. Car park just out of the village on the Minskip road and also disabled access via radar key from the track next to the church on Main Street. Public footpaths cross the site from Staveley Main Street next to the pub and from the Minskip road..

OPEN GARDEN event at Staveley
Sunday 18 February AND Sunday 25 February 2018
Snowdrops and Hellebores
At Moor End Farm, Arkendale Road, Staveley,
Knaresborough, HG5 9JU
Starts at 2 p.m.
Admission £2.50 (children free)
Hot drinks, plant stall, book stall
Proceeds to local Staveley charities
Further information on 01423 341982 or
email dorothy.griffin94@yahoo.co.uk

RSPB Garden Birdwatch
Saturday 27th January
At Starbeck Library
Click HERE for details

Volunteer opportunities with Sam Walker, Countryside Ranger
If you want to attend please notify Sam at:
Countryside Ranger Parks and Environmental Services,
email: sam.walker@harrogate.gov.uk
mob: 07525 988288
Saturday 27th January, Rossett Local Nature Reserve, 10:00 till 13:00
Crassula clearance – Returning to one of our regular haunts and tasks we will be donning waders and jumping in the ponds to help the ponds maintain an area of open water that provides suitable habitat for the breeding Great Crested Newt population. Meeting at the junction of Arthurs Avenue and Rossett Drive

Friday 9th Feb, Hell Wath, 10:00 till 12:00
Step repairs – Working with the new Friends of Hell Wath group to level and top up some of the well-used steps onsite to ensure they continue to be safe to use. Meeting at the changing rooms on Hell Wath Lane.

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