Natural History

Photos of Cinnabar moth and Oxlip taken by David Corke at Noakes Grove Reserve, Sewards End.

Please note that the Natural History Group is postponed until further notice due to illness. If you want to join this group then please contact  Ann Cousins – 01799 219 072 – and not David Corke

Co-ordinator – David Corke – 01799 599 376 – 

This groups meets at the Bowls Club (Abbey Lane) from 10:30 am to noon on the 4th Friday of each month.

40 or so U3A members have expressed an interest in joining the Natural History Group. The group will meet at the Bowls Club (Abbey Lane) from 10:30 to noon on the 4th Friday of each month: –  Jan 26th, Feb 23rd, & March 23rd.
If you will be able to join the group it would be very helpful if you could let David know by email.
As with all groups that meet in halls for which U3A has to pay, there will be a small charge each term to cover this cost. £5 is suggested for the first term. Please also bring your membership card to the first meeting.
For the first term, the following topics are planned:

  • January: The oxlip – Walden’s most important wild flower.
  • February: immigrants and the return of the natives: wild animals that have returned from extinction in our area or have colonised from elsewhere in the world. 
  • March: caterpillars.

The group can choose what we study and do in future terms.

Do have a look at the website for Noakes Grove, Sewards End – the closest public nature reserve to Saffron Walden. 

And a video clip from a camera trap filming at night. A family of muntjac deer (male, female and youngster) which relates to the February meeting. It is on Youtube: see