It is the time of the year for the Salmon to be heading up river to lay their eggs. The salmon is an anadromous fish. This means it is a fish that is born in fresh water, spends most of its life in the sea and returns to fresh water to spawn. I did know that but I must admit I had to look the word up. But did you know a catadromous fish does the opposite – lives in fresh water and enters salt water to spawn?
At each stage of the life cycle of the salmon distinct changes take place. Apparently it was not until the first part of the 19th century that it was proven that the adult Atlantic salmon was the same species as the striped parr found in the rivers. The Atlantic Salmon Trust have a great slide show that explains all the different stages
I went down to Stainforth Force with Smudge on Saturday morning to watch this incredible sight. The force of the river dropping down the falls that they have to leap into is amazing. If you get the chance to see this feat sometime it is well worth the visit usually during October each year.
Here is a short piece of film I put on our Facebook page.
Can you name the cave and win a day’s caving activity? In this months Trail Magazine there is an article about caving in Yorkshire called Underground Overground. Hanna, Guy and Ben were given instruction in SRT in our barn at Stainforth and then taken down a cave where they used their new skills. The article is well worth a read and has some good pictures. I know we might be bias but this is a good day out for anyone with a sense of adventure. Update. The Traddock at Austwick have now also offered a three course meal as part of the prize so you can have a good day caving and then a lovely meal too.
If you would like to win a day similar to this for 2 people then you just need to answer one question. What is the name of the cave that Hanna abseiled into?
The answer can be found in the article in the magazine which is in the July edition of Trail and it is also on their Facebook page. If you want to know more about caving courses and trips with us then have a look on our website www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk
If you do not want to use the form then just email us the answer to the address at the top of the page, put Caving Competition in the subject line and tell us your full name and the answer.
The competition is open to anyone but you must be at least 16 to come on the day. The winner will be chosen from all the correct email entries received by midnight on Sunday 10th July. The prize caving day and meal will be arranged for a date suitable for the winner, subject to availability, and will need to be claimed by 31st December 2011. The meal is food only and you will need to buy your own drinks. There are no cash alternatives.
We have an extra date for this course based at our SRT Barn at Stainforth near Settle. Sat 2nd July. For more details for this and other caving courses visit the web site. You can also watch a short video of the type of day you could have.
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Today was the first trip underground using SRT for one of our Go Dales Project groups. They had been underground on previous sessions and also had some time learning the SRT skills in our Barn. This trip let them put those skills into practice and they got an idea of where SRT can enable them […]