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Volume 6 Part 3

Spring 1997

Editorial 3

Acknowledgements to Contributors 3

News 3

Highlights of the 1996 Field Meetings 5

The Trees of Hardwick Hall 14

Summary of the Molluscs and Non-insect Arthropods on Field Meetings 1996 16

Prey Eaten by Tawny Owls at Flatts Lane, Ormesby 18

Vegetation Management at Guisborough Branch Walkway 26

Moths at Cowpen Bewley 28

The Knopper Gall 30

Marton West Beck and Sandy Flatts 31

Field Meetings 1997 36


President, Mrs Pam Law ‘Brinby’, Hutton Lowcross, Guisborough.

Secretary, Mr Eric Gendle, 13, Mayfield Road, Nunthorpe.

Membership Secretary, Mrs Jean McClean, 28 Pendle Crescent, Billingham.

Programme Secretaries, Mr Vincent Jones, ‘Hillways’, Ingleby Greenhow.

Mr Darroll Fryer, 8 Rye Dale, Guisborough.

Treasurer, Mr John Blackburn, 6 Bylands Grove, Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees.

The immediate past-president, Mr Norman Thompson.

Ordinary members: Mr Colin Chatto, Mr Neil Baker, Mr Ian Lawrence, Mr Alick Hunter.


Mrs Jessie Graham, Mrs Joan Williams, Mr Ian Lawrence, Mr.Maurice Ward, Mr Maurice Hallam


The following members will be pleased to assist in the identification of specimens.

Flowering Plants




Ian Lawrence

John Blackburn

Maurice Hallam

Neville Harwood (and General Entomology)

Malcolm Birtle (and Geology), Eric Gendle


I.C. Lawrence (CWT) J.Blackburn (YNU) M.Birtle (NNU)

Membership Details

The Club seeks to promote an interest in all branches of Natural History and to assist members in finding out about the living things that they see in the countryside around them. The present membership includes those who have particular interests in birds, insects, slugs and snails, lichens, fungi, flowering plants and mosses and liverworts. Members with interests in other fields would be very welcome.

In spring and summer there are evening, half-day and whole-day visits to investigate the natural history of a particular area. During the winter months there is a series of monthly meetings that are held at the Leeds University Centre, Harrow Road, Middlesbrough. A meeting usually takes the form of a lecture given by a club member or visiting speaker. The annual subscription is £5.

Any person interested in joining the Cleveland Naturalists Field Club should send their subscription to the Membership Secretary. Potential members are welcome to our field meetings listed at the back of this issue.

Annual subscriptions are due on the 1st January each year.

(Adult £5.00. Students under 18 yrs. £1.00)

Members are entitled to attend meetings of:

Yorkshire Naturalists' Union Northern Naturalists' Union

Cleveland Wildlife Trust The Ramblers' Association.

The Club is affiliated to these organizations.


This is the seventh issue of the new Proceedings. The site chosen for specific comment this year was Marton West Beck and Sandy Flatts. In actual fact our Record of Proceedings seems to show our interests have been oriented more towards other sites visited this year. A particular site is chosen each year to help to focus member’s interests but the Proceedings are a record of those things that which we actually find to be of interest during the year. Consequently we should expect that our planned sites for recording may not turn out to be the sites most extensively worked at the end of the year.The site chosen for the next Proceedings is the fields immediately North of the railway at Billingham Beck. Any records for this site will be gratefully accepted for inclusion.

Acknowledgements to Contributors

Many thanks to all the contributors that include Christopher Lowe (News and Botany), Tony Wardhaugh (Molluscs, Owls, and various inverterbrates), Pat Wood (Botany), Malcolm Birtle (Proceedings preparation, Moths), Ian Lawrence (Botany), Darroll Fryer (Proceedings preparation, Botany and Guisborough Walkway), Maurice Hallam (Ornithology, Entomology and Botany), Vince Jones (Botany), John Blackburn (Bryophytes), Eric Gendle (Drawings), Gywnn Williamson (Moths), Bryony Serginson (Guisborough). Many people contribute to botanical records including Ian Lawrence, Vince Jones, Darroll Fryer, Pat Wood, Norman Thompson, John Blackburn, Pam Law, Maurice Ward, and Chris Lowe. Apologies in advance to anyone overlooked in these acknowledgements.

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