Monthly Archives: August 2013

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Tasks for Autumn/Winter 2013

This year we have an especially large number of activities to deal with, so any assistance that can be provided will be really welcome. The list of jobs includes: At the verge near northern cattle grid up from cycle track crossroads … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Dates Autumn/Winter 2013

With the reduction in available evening light we return work parties to Sunday mornings in the region of 10:30 to 1:30, although people are more than welcome to do any time within that slot, or another if they find it … Continue reading

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Tansy Beetle Annual Survey 2013

For a number of years Dr Geoff Oxford of York University has organized a survey along the banks of the River Ouse up and downstream from York to monitor the population of tansy beetles that are limited to that area … Continue reading

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Balsam bashing by Blue Beck

The work party on the evening of 22 August was focused on pulling out the large amount of Himalayan balsam that had seeded along Blue Beck. Blue Beck is the drain that starts at Rawcliffe Lake on the other side … Continue reading

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Why we oppose the proposed cycle route between Clifton Hospital and Rawcliffe Meadows

City of York Council (CoYC) have recently published a planning application for a new cycle track between the former Clifton Hospital site and the N65 Sustrans track between York and Beningbrough ( 13/02683/FUL ). In August 2012, after CoYC had been proposing a … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Thursday August 22nd 19:00 onwards: Balsam bashing in Flood Basin

The next work party is Thursday August 22nd  from 7 to 9 p.m and we’ll be bashing Himalayan balsam in the Flood Basin (below allotments), probably either side of Blue Beck. People are welcome to join in anytime in that window, … Continue reading

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Something old, something brown…

After taking a few hours to knock back the invasive Himalayan Balsam near the Blue Beck outlet and in one of the areas we have identified for possible tansy beetle habitat  I wandered around to the New Meadow, where we had … Continue reading

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