Outdoor Event, 11am
The traditionally managed hay meadows of the Yorkshire Dales are threatened by changes to farming practices and many have lost some of the diversity of plants and insects that makes them special. We will be visiting some of the best that remain and will be shown round a field trial that is developing new approaches to recovering this diversity. There will also be time to explore some of the other botanical sites nearby, including Seata Quarry where we should see some interesting aliens, including Spiky Fescue Festuca gautieri, Round-leaved St. John’s Wort Hypericum nummularium, and Fairy Foxglove Erinus alpinus. Meet at the Village Institute in Thornton Rust, near Aysgarth. (grid ref SD 972889). The paths are uneven and steep in places so please wear suitable footwear. Bring lunch.
This event is led by Dr Janet Simkin