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Meet us and experience it for yourself. You are very welcome to our winter talks or to join us.
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The fells and valleys of Upper Wharfedale are overflowing with delights from which, once under their spell, very few can escape.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society works to increase the enjoyment derived from the area by deepening and widening understanding of its many and various elements.

Open any of the pages of this site and see what we do.

Meet us and experience it for yourself. You are very welcome to our talks or to join us.

Latest News & Articles

Covid 19 Situation

Given the Government’s continuing restrictions in the light of Covid19, the Society is currently unable to deliver any of its normal events, scheduled or otherwise. This situation will be kept under review in the light of National developments.

Meanwhile, individual members continue to follow their own Field Society related activities such as botany, ornithology, and walking, occasional reports of which will appear on this website. From time to time, additional material relating to past events will also be placed on line.

The Society welcomes new members, even if they are unable to enjoy the full benefits yet. There is no fee at present. The membership application form can be found at the bottom of our Contacts page

We hope you keep fit and well and find interest in your excursions outdoors. Until we meet again, good wishes.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society Committee

October 2020

Update 26 Oct: Due to second wave Covid, the Committee has decided to postpone lectures in January and February. We hope to be able to meet in  March 2021.

 

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A Hidden Plague

By |October 28th, 2020|Members' Articles|

Introduction This article has been prompted by the recent announcement of an outbreak of crayfish plague in the River Ure at Askrigg. The purpose of this article is to provide some background and practical advice. Last autumn I wrote an article about an invasive non-native

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Covid 19 Situation

Given the Government’s continuing restrictions in the light of Covid19, the Society is currently unable to deliver any of its normal events, scheduled or otherwise. This situation will be kept under review in the light of National developments.

Meanwhile, individual members continue to follow their own Field Society related activities such as botany, ornithology, and walking, occasional reports of which will appear on this website. From time to time, additional material relating to past events will also be placed on line.

The Society welcomes new members, even if they are unable to enjoy the full benefits yet. There is no fee at present. The membership application form can be found at the bottom of our Contacts page

We hope you keep fit and well and find interest in your excursions outdoors. Until we meet again, good wishes.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society Committee

October 2020

 

Latest News & Articles

The Upper Wharfedale Field Society is constantly working hard behind the scenes. See what is happening here.

Special Interest Groups

The Upper Wharfedale Field Society covers a wide range of special interest groups.

LOCAL HISTORY & VERNACULAR BUILDINGS

In the Yorkshire Dales, local history and its vernacular buildings are inextricably linked. We have especial interest in all local history, through all aspects of industry including farming, social history from peasant to aristocrat, early trading, tracks and coach routes.

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GEOLOGY

The earth formations and movements of the past have created an area of outstanding natural beauty. The most recent apparent dominant force is glaciation which has created the landscape which we see today, in particular the Upper Wharfedale Valley, but there is much more to the valleys, hills and rocks of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Geology
Burnt Orchid

BOTANY

The Botany Group holds its meetings every other Tuesday from end of April to mid August usually for the whole day. The meetings vary from those sites very close to Grassington eg Kilnsey park, the banks of the Wharfe, to further afield e.g. the west coast for dune systems, reserves in Cumbria and our National Natures Reserves as around Ingleborough. In this way we can become familiar with plants that are not on our doorstep and sites away from limestone grassland.

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ORNITHOLOGY

Our principal aims are to enjoy and learn more about the birds in our area by improving our recognition skills of both appearance and calls.

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ornithology

ARCHAEOLOGY

There are a considerable number of archaeological sites in Upper Wharfedale and Archaeology is regularly represented the Society’s talks programme . In recent years we have had guest speakers from Bradford University and York Archaeological Trust as well as presentations on field work being carried out locally in Wharfedale, Nidderdale and Ingleborough.

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“The fells and valleys of Upper Wharfedale are overflowing with delights from which, once under their spell, very few can escape.”

Upper Wharfedale Field Society

Events & Talks

Here’s what is coming up soon.

Field Society Lunch

April 12, 2021 @ 14:00 - 17:00

Annual Lunch @ Grassington house

President’s Evening

September 27, 2021 @ 19:30 - 21:00

President's Evening

Contact Us

If you have any questions for the Upper Wharfedale Field Society, or you just want to get on touch, please contact us below.

    Upcoming Events

    1. The Green Man Fountains Abbey
    2. The Green Man Fountains Abbey
    3. Dinner

      Field Society Lunch

      April 12, 2021 @ 14:00 - 17:00
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