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Working Parties:

November Working Party

We regret that the November working party is cancelled. However, please make a note in your diaries for the Christmas Social on Sunday December 17th. More details to follow.

September Working Party

We will be sowing all the wildflower seeds we collected in august, and potting on any from last year, for planting out in wild areas in the future. Note the date is later than usual – Sunday 24th September at 2pm. Venue Willow Dene, Bradford Road, Menston LS29 6ED. Do not park in the Fox carpark!

Bird Walks

Bird walks are changing to a seasonal event. The next bird walk will be shown here, when it has been arranged.

Scything Event

We are hoping to hold a Scything workshop in Miss Porritt’s field towards the end of June – watch this space, and contact us at if you are interested in attending.

Previous Working Parties

March Working Party

A dent was made in the tree guard population in High Royds on Sunday 12th March. There are still thousands on site, but at least a few trees can grow more freely now! Thanks to all who helped.

Bird Box making workshop

Even excessive heat and punishing sunshine didn’t deter a sizable group of seed collectors in August. Much Yellow Rattle was gathered, and many other useful wildflowers. Thanks to all who braved the conditions, and have since been cleaning and storing the seeds ready for sowing later this autumn.

These seeds have now been lovingly sown into pots to grow as plug plants for planting out at a later date.

The third working party found several people potting on wild flowers, for planting in Miss Porritt’s (or elsewhere) next spring.

Balsam Bashing in High Royds proved to be an enjoyable, if hot afternoon. Thank you to all who came and helped. It is certainly worthwhile removing the plant while the infestation is still at a manageable level.

Our first and second working parties successfully demolished some old fencing in Miss Porritt’s field. Great work all round. And found two frogs happy in a corner.

Releasing the tree
Team work
A rare species of wildlife!
Rescuing a resident

Bird Walks

MANT Bird Walks continue on Thursday 18th August. As usual, Meet outside Kirklands at 9am for a 9:10am departure. The walk will take about an hour, and will end near the Cornerstone Cafe. Bring binoculars, if you have them, and enthusiasm, but please, no dogs, as they tend to scare the birds off.

The first MANT Bird Walk happened on Thursday 21st July. Much enjoyed by all who attended.

Dunnock Photo Andrew Kelly

If possible, please email to say you are coming.

Miss Porritt’s Jubilee Picnic

Saturday 4th June 12-4pm, in Miss Porritt’s Field – FREE

Take a break from all the loud celebrations and come and relax in the wild surroundings of Miss Porritt’s Field in the centre of Menston. Bring your own picnic and drink and see how many different creepy crawlies or wild flowers you can find.

Future Meetings:

Our first General Meeting was held on 3rd February 2022 7:30pm via Zoom. The date of the next General Meeting is yet to be decided.

Future Events: