Wasps in Winter

AT THIS EVENING’S 139th annual general meeting of the Wakefield Naturalists’ Society (we’ve been going since 1851 but we obviously missed a few AGMs along the way) there are records of wintering wildfowl, such as the Great Northern Diver at Pugneys, but also unseasonal appearances of insects with a couple of wasps being seen today in one garden and a Red Admiral elsewhere. Things were different last year during a long cold spell.

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    1. We’re the oldest natural history society in Yorkshire, members of Wakefield Naturalists’ were amongst the group who formed the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union (which subsequently gave rise to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) in 1881 and, surprisingly, Sheffield’s Sorby Natural History Society, which I guess is the most active in the county, wasn’t founded until 1918.

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