WILDLIFE TRIPS from St Ives, 2018
Bird trips - Sat Apr 28th – Sat 5th May - Sat 12th May - Sat 19th May
6 am start from the quay St Ives
Flora - TBD
Bats & Astronomy August – TBD
We sail along the darkening River Ouse to Hemingford Lock where Daubenton’s Bats flit around hunting insects over the river surface before our very eyes ..If we are lucky we sometime get families hunting together. But first we assess the the fly count up the chub stream hovering in their myriads over the river, and then sail back to the lock to await their arrival.
The ISA Space Station often flies over. Captain Tim Peake returned to earth in June 2016, but there are other passengers up there enjoying the ride and other amazing things to be viewed with your bare eyes. On 4th Aug passage over Britain is at 21.35 Hours, a low pass, which on a clear night we will see as a ‘very bright’ object.
We chat tonight about the amazing images and revelations of Charon and its other 4 ’New Moons’ that the ‘New Horizons’ mission sent back all the way from distant, demoted Pluto.
Cautionary note Bats, particularly Daubentons seem to hate strong winds and rain, it disturbs their flight paths and the water surface that they like to fly close to for feeding on insects. So in disturbed weather it is really best if we postpone to a more gentle evening….
A further BAT and Astronomy trip has been arranged for Friday Sept 8th at 8pm til 10pm
1 – Early Birds Spring Finished this year
2 – Riverside Flora Summer Sun July 2nd & Sun Jul 9th Finished for this year
Last years 30TH Apr 2016 Birds sighted as listed below… Whoops + Green Woodpecker and later in the day 2 separate Oyster Catchers
2 – Flora & River life Electric BOAT TRIPS Sundays July 2nd & 9th 2016
Botany & Bugs & Butterflies Boat Trips. A wonderful excursion along the sparkling, summertime riverbanks of the Great Ouse with our popular local expert. A boat trip along the banks of Hemingford Flood-Meadow to view the delightful rivers edge flowers bugs & butterflies.
If you are keen on Wildflowers, Butterflies and Dragonflies. this is a golden opportunity to visit the glorious summer riverside and meadowland displays of bloom and flight. DATES.see below
3 – Bat Watch and Astronomy Evenings
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