Leader Terry Doman

Fifteen members joined the leader in the car park at the Selwin Hall, Box. After a safety brief we proceeded to the adjacent ‘Rock Circus’, where the leader explained that it had been constructed as an educational structure for anyone who was interested in the geological history of this country.

The ‘Rock Circus’ comprised 8 waist high pieces of rock, equally spaced around in a circle of approximately 20 feet diameter. An excellent display board explained the age of each piece and what part of our country they came from. We then walked on to join the ‘By Brook’ where a beautiful male Bullfinch was seen and downstream of the bridge, and a Dipper was singing.

Richard Pooley pointed out evidence of Otter, a spraint dropping, on the bridge base. As we walked on up-stream we saw Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail and Kestrel. At Drewits Mill we crossed the stream on the bridge by a large mill pool and started our return route downstream.

Alan Rayner discovered some interesting species of fungi on our way back. The weather was good to us, dry but cold and 25 species of bird seen.