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 group meets at Noakes Grove Nature Reserve in Sewards End from 10:00 am and finishing at 11:45, to link with the bus in each direction, on the 4th Friday of each month.

Due to illness there will no group meetings this term or until further notice. Please contact Mary Curtis – 01799 524 784 –  if you need further information.

News – July 2019

The U3A Natural History Group held the last of its monthly meetings at the Abbey Lane Bowls Club in July. When it reconvenes it will be at Noakes Grove Nature Reserve in Sewards End.

Noakes Grove has several advantages:

  • The school-room there is now equipped with off-grid solar electricity and is big enough for the group at present. It is also free – so the class fee can be very low: a pound or so for coffee and biscuits and a small donation to the reserve.
  • When the weather is kind we will be able to spend part of each session studying the wildlife in the reserve itself.
  • It has a composting toilet but this is not disabled friendly as it involves a short staircase to reach it and is a hundred yards from the school-room.

Noakes Grove is a short drive from Saffron Walden and has a small car park (take the Redgates Lane turning opposite the Sewards End village hall). It also has a reasonable bus service (route 60) to the Sewards End Village Hall. We meet the fourth Friday each month: starting at 10:00 am and finishing at 11:45 to link with the bus in each direction.

The bus stop is half a mile from the nature reserve but car lifts will be available for those who need them.

The size of the room means we will be limited to about 12 in the group so please check before attending your first meeting.

Contact the convenor: David Corke on 01 799 599 376 or at

To learn more about the nature reserve visit or, better still, visit the reserve itself. It is always open, free, to the public.

David Corke