Monthly Archives: March 2014

First Tansy Beetle of 2014

A solitary male Tansy Beetle was present when the Pond Area was searched in the sunshine at lunchtime on 29th March. We had been expecting them as the post Tansy Beetle Time explains, but the cold, wet weather of the … Continue reading

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The Next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on Sunday 6th April 2014 from 10:30 at the New Meadow

The next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on Sunday 6th April 2014 from 10:30 at the New Meadow towards the north of the site. We’ll be finishing off clearing the brash from the trees overlooking the New Meadow and moving … Continue reading

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Tansy beetle time

Around April each year, depending upon the weather, the endangered Tansy Beetle which is a large, iridescent green leaf beetle, with a metallic sheen, appears above ground. Adult Tansy Beetles become active for the first time in the year from … Continue reading

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Bunting bonanza!

Seed-eating songbirds tend to gather on the Cornfield in greatest numbers during freezing weather: our peak counts of Corn Bunting (118 birds) and Reed Bunting (over 120) were made during the bitterly cold, snow-bound end of 2010. During the remarkably … Continue reading

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Signs of spring

Spring 2013 was very cold and very late but this year we are enjoying plenty of early sunshine. Butterflies such as Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma have been emerging from hibernation along with queen bumblebees. In the ponds, Smooth Newts … Continue reading

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The Next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on Sunday 23rd Mar 2014 from 10:30 at the Pond at the south of the site

The next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on Sunday 23rd March 2014 from 10:30 at the Pond at the south of the site. We plan to be coppicing more trees and removing the brash to the Cricket Field Copse. … Continue reading

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What was Rawcliffe Meadows like in Previous Centuries?

Read this new piece from our ecologist Martin Hammond revealed by his researches for a new, glossy edition of the Ouse Ings booklet and book which we hope to publish in the not too distant future – https://rawcliffemeadows.wordpress.com/about-the-site/rawcliffe-meadows-in-history/ or look … Continue reading

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