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Wild Thyme and Rockrose during the Yorkshire Naturalists Union (YNU) visit to Lower Winskill Farm, Settle  on 22 June.

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Lots more events over summer and autumn.

 Sat 6 July: Yorkshire Naturalists Union Field Meeting at Preston under Scar near Leyburn. (I can offer a lift from Settle) The meeting up is at 10:30 at SE076 913 0n the minor road from Preston-under-Scar which leads to the main road from Redmire across the Bellerby Ranges. It’s near the Eastern end of the disused quarry.
Reporting meeting is at 16:00 in the Preston-under-Scar village hall, near the centre of the village.  Join up with others to learn about and record wildlife in this area.


Sat  6 & Sun  7 July | National Hay Meadow  Day – National Meadows Day
Various events in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland

The Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland are home to some of the last remaining traditional wildflower meadows in England. These priority habitats are important for farming, absorb carbon and support incredible biodiversity. One field alone can contain up to 120 species of wildflowers and grasses. Celebrate and learn about our marvellous meadows this National Meadows Day with events at two locations in the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland. Activities include guided walks, plant and insect identification workshops and a bioblitz.

Sat 6 July:  – no booking necessary – 11am – 3pm | Saturday 6 July | Lower Winskill, Langcliffe, Settle, BD24 9PZ (please note sat nav may take you to Higher Winskill)

A variety of activities including: Make your own meadow workshop, Wildflower walk, Bumblebee walk, Farmer walk, Insect ID Workshops, Crafts & a self-guided nature trail. Parking and refreshments available.

1-4pm | Sunday 7 July |  Hermitage Field Community Meadow – no booking necessary
Low Road, Crook O’Lune, LA2 9HU.      Activities will include:
– 1-2pm grasshopper survey with Ben Hargreves from Lancashire Wildlife Trust
– 2-3pm join members of the North Lancashire Wildlife group et al for a BIOBLITZ to survey the meadow
– 3.15-4pm guided meadow walk
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear sensible shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Parking and toilets are available and the café will be open. It’s useful to download the INaturalist App before the event.

Wed: 10 July: Settle Hang-Out 7-8.30pm on Wednesday Evenings at St John’s. (or maybe Harrison’s Playing Field – check the facebook page) : for people aged 11-17. Settle Youth Cafe is supported by local churches

Sat 13 July: Growing with Grace: Open Day: Saturday  (10.30-4pm) This involve tours of the greenhouses, the Yorkshire Rotters talking composting and Smoothie making and a local artist amongst other things.  – There are lots of task they need help if you would like to volunteer.

Sat 13 July (10.30-12.30pm) ACE Green Cafe and Tom Heap talk: at St John’s  Methodist Church BD24 9JH. In conjunction with Tanya, at Limestone Books, we will be joined by Tom Heap – former Countryfile presenter and author of ’39 Ways to Save the Planet’. Tom will be talking about ’39 Ways’ and his new book ‘Land Smart: How to Give People and Nature the Space to Thrive’ – signed copies will be available to buy. (Publication Date: 4 July)

Sat 13 July: 3 to 4.30pm: Strawberry Tea at St John’s Church Settle BD24 9JH

13th July-1st Sept: Settle Flowerpot Festival: take the trail around Settle, ‘be amazed, amused, astounded & astonished by the quirky flowerpot displays decorating the town’,

Tue 16 Jul 9:30am Cumbria Lichens and Bryophytes Group Visit to Grasmere to Alcock Tarn

Wed 17 July 4pm – 5.30pm: Settle Eco-Explorers – Meet at St John’s Church BD24 9JH Settle ready for local walk –  to Parish Churchyard  Explorers is for children aged 4-11 (but must bring an adult, and may bring younger or older siblings if you wish): We meet and go on walks / other eco activities on alternate weeks.  This is usually led by Judith Allinson and Sally Waterson and keen parents. This will be the last event this summer term. – but see details about  Daycamp in August lower down

Sat 3 Aug: Teddy’s Olympic Fun Day 10am-4pm   Bring your Teddy to share the fun.

4 Aug 6.30pm St John’s Church. Settle BD24 9JH  Barbecue

Thur 8 Aug, 11.30am: Guided visit to Swarth Moor, Helwith Bridge: Jessica McMaster from the Yorkshire Peat Partnership / Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will lead a guided walk around Swarth Moor SSSI for members of Craven Conservation Group plus anyone else from the public.  Swarth Moor is a raised bog and lagg fen which is being restored to its proper state having been drained for many years.  The visit will include looking at the plants, landscape, history and future of the site and, hopefully, some sightings of dragonflies, damselflies and other wildlife.
Bring lunch/water/drinks and clothing/kit appropriate for the site and the weather on the day. Parts of the site are very tussocky and wet so wellies are recommended as are a sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Advance booking is essential because numbers are limited and the event may be cancelled if the weather forecast is too bad.  Contact Judith Allinson before July 20th to book, giving your name and contact phone number:,  07950 469545.
Meet at 11:30am at the free carpark at Helwith Bridge, grid reference SD 811695.  It’s a very interesting site so let’s hope for a fine day!

Sat 10  Aug (10-12)  Fairtrade Coffee Morning at the Quaker’s Small Meeting Room (come into the garden from the Settle Victoria Hall entrance and follow the path round to the back of the building). There will be fairtrade teas, coffees, biscuits, Liz Roodhouse’s stall for all sorts of items both edible and inedible to buy, along with 1kg bags of rice towards our 2024 ’90kg Rice Challenge’. There will also be information about Settle’s Plastic Free group and our flowerpot seal in the garden to highlight the impact of marine plastic pollution.

Sat 24 Aug 9:30am  Cumbria Lichens and Bryophytes Group  Nateby, Pennines

Wed 28 – Thur 29 August:  Eco Explorers Summer Day Camp event at Lower Winskill Farm. for families with children aged 4-11 – To book your place email me for a registration form

Mon 9 Sept: Craven Speakers Club: 7.15 for 7.30pm: First Meeting of the New Autumn Season. It’s a bit like “Toastmasters” but simpler.

At our fun friendly club you learn to become a better speaker.  You gain confidence – and make life easier for people who have to listen to you… Whether you are starting from the level of tongue-tied novice or proficient manager.. everyone improves! You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to. If you would like to ask about more details do contact me. It is fun learning, experimenting and practising Make Autumn 2024 the year you take your first steps…

Th 19 Sept Cumbria Lichens and Bryophyte Group visit to Lodore.

29 Sept “Lets talk about Farming” afternoon event at St John’s Methodist Church, Settle; This follows on from the successful “Lets Talk Rubbish” and “Lets Talk Local” Days in previous years

6 Oct Langcliffe Food Festival

1-10 Nov: Yorkshire Festival of Story: 
The theme for YFOS24 is kindness and we’re asking: “How can stories promote action towards a kinder, more sustainable and inclusive future?” We’ve had some incredible artists come forward to bring you inspirational events that will, not only, entertain you but inspire you and make you think. So, save the date for YFOS24!

Click to join the YFOS mailing list and keep up to date
Regular Events:

Other Natural History Meetings in Yorkshire:

Every Wednesday: Settle Slimming World:
Settle Social Club, Duke St Settle

Weds 9am 10.30am & 6.30pm. No booking required. Details: contact Maxine 07713020736

 Various dates:  Nordic walking Nordic walking fitness walks.  Also Balance events for older people.


Swimming Pool is open .

I have tried Aqua-jogging which is fun. Sorry, Hydro jog.
And  Abs Blast which was slightly above my level but – hey – I had the exercise.

You can book online and see which sessions have lots of spaces.
Even though prices had to go up recently, it is still good value.  Please encourage your friends to go. There is a café There are also fitness classes.


For even  more events visit Settle Anglican Church where they have a rolling set of notices about exciting events in the Settle area playing on a screen. (This can sometimes be seen at St John’s Methodists too)

Best wishes from

Judith Allinson

First Hawthorn coming into flower at Settle on 6 May 2024.   The Hawthorn is out at Langcliffe too now.


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