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5. The Upper Esk Wildlife and Conversation Group

Wildlife surveys of flora and fauna, woodland management and tree planting by people from Ainthorpe, Castleton, Danby and Westerdale. Many people involved in various projects that overlap with the wildlife group that meets in Castleton Village Hall on the first Monday of each month.

Conservation work in Danby Park Wood - Castleton Woods

Conservation work in Park Wood, Castleton-Danby

Members of the Upper Esk Valley wildlife and conservation group tackling the bracken problem in a small area of Park Wood (Tom Chadwick, Chris Millns, Peter Woods), Castleton village on the ridge in the background

Part of the plot of land we are trying to manage - hard work trying to clear the bracken - but nice view!


Wildflower survey in the graveyard of St Hilda's Church, Danby Dale and any other plants spotted in the churchyard!


Extending the flora survey to the fields between Castleton and Danby church.






Grasses and wildflowers.


Fern Survey

The wildlife and conservation group returning from the fern survey in upper Danby Dale on a beautiful summer's evening.






Surveying for the Small Mammal Association

Looking for field voles, water voles, common shrew, mice etc. Looking for latrines in the metre quadrants! Use of bait trapping techniques and the Longworth trap for live trapping.







One common shrew !!!

Acid rain monitoring pH of local water sources and precipitation and chemical analysis of Danby Beck Water

Checking pH & temperature at Botton Head stream in Danby Dale, North Yorkshire. Water samples are also taken for detailed chemical analysis.



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