The next meeting is this Saturday to North Cave YWT Reserve, meeting at 10.30 am. Here is a message from Joyce with more information about the trip and the murmuration meeting that was mentioned on the programme:

Doncaster Naturalists’ visit to North Cave  Meet in the car park (a lane) beside the reserve.

Getting there: Take the M62 east to junction 38, signed North Cave and Beverley. Turn left on the B1230 towards the village of North Cave. After about a mile turn  first left in the village on Town End Lane. Follow the round a sharp left turn . The reserve is straight on at the next bend, go straight on  to park.

Please let Margaret know if you intend to come.

The North Cave YWT reserve is an ex-sand quarry. The present reserve is several lakes big, but will probably double in size when the present quarrying operations are complete. The circuit around the lakes is just less than 2 miles with several bird hides overlooking the lakes. It is likely to be muddy on part of the route, although most is good path.

Toilet facilities are limited (there are 2 chemical toilets, although I can’t guarantee that they will be open). Lunch – we can probably find somewhere undercover to eat a packed lunch, there  is also a mobile van which is there most days serving drinks and some food.

What we might see – mainly wintering ducks and geese at this time of the year, with small birds in the trees and bushes.

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