Natural History

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

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.

Hello to everyone who expressed an interest in the U3A natural history group. Our first meeting will be on Friday 27th April 2018 from 10.30 to noon at the Bowls Club (Abbey Lane) and will concentrate on our local speciality flower – the oxlip.
In preparation, I have made a short presentation which will be projected during the meeting. For the benefit of those who cannot get to the first meeting, or for those who are coming and would like a sneak preview, the presentation is online. Just visit
Oxlips are flowering right now, please get out for a walk in some local woods between now and our first meeting and enjoy them. If you find any, please bring a note of which wood(s) you visited and how common the oxlips seemed.
Please bring to the first meeting your current U3A membership card and £5 which will cover the costs of room rental for the group for a number of meetings, not just this one.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 27th April.
David Corke

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