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Saturday 3rd August: Wharram Quarry Nature Reserve (YWT), near Malton, North Yorkshire (Joint Meeting with the Bradford Botany Group)

3 August
Sheila Wynn, Rita and Anthony Grainger
Wharram Quarry Nature Reserve (YWT)
YO17 9TD
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Meet at 10:30. Parking at the reserve is very limited, so we will meet in the small, free car park at YO17 9TD, Grid Ref. SE867644, what3words: headliner.ignites.redouble. From Malton, take the B1248 SE to Wharram-le-street. Approx. 600m beyond the crossroads, turn right into the minor road to the car park which is just south of Bella Farm. The car park is signed, ‘Medieval Village’. From here we will walk, off-road, 1.5km to the reserve. There are public toilets in Malton, YO17 7LP.

The reserve is a disused chalk quarry which has many characteristic plants of the Yorkshire Wolds. The species-rich chalk grassland has a wide variety of species, including Thistle Broomrape Orobanche reticulata, Clustered Bellflower Campanula glomerata, Hoary Plantain Plantago media and Autumn Gentian Gentianella amarella, in addition to several orchid species. Although some of these will already be in fruit, there should be a good range of flowers to enjoy. The site is also excellent for butterflies, with a good colony of Marbled White. Walking is mainly on the flat. On the way back to the car park, Wharram Percy, a deserted medieval village, is an easy, short walk for anyone interested.

To book, contact Janet John wfs.meetings@gmail.com or phone 01753 884490

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