Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cowslips Return to Rawcliffe Meadows

In Copse Meadow, the first Cowslips are beginning to flower. We planted several dozen last autumn, grown from seed collected from the wonderful Nosterfield Nature Reserve near Ripon, managed by our friends from the Lower Ure Conservation Trust , some of … Continue reading

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The Tree Sparrows of Rawcliffe Meadows: still here after 70 years!

When the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union (YNU) visited Clifton Ings in 1942, they noted breeding birds including Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Corn Bunting and Tree Sparrow. Sadly the first three of these have disappeared as local nesting species: it is sobering to … Continue reading

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The Ings Dyke Hedge – an Obituary

On the 5th March 2015 we were informed by the Environment Agency that “The plan is to go along the length in question with the excavator-mounted tree shears cutting out the overhanging branches and burning the brash behind us as … Continue reading

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Report on the Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party of 22 March 2015

As  a grey sky dissipated into a relatively warm sunny day the eight Friends who’d been available (Mick, Judi, Paul, Alan, Carol, Maria, Ron and Richard) started off by removing the wire and posts separating the southern and eastern banks … Continue reading

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New Interpretation Boards on Rawcliffe Meadows

Thanks to funding from Yorkshire Water, assisted by their contractor MMB, we have installed two new interpretation boards on Rawcliffe Meadows – on at the northern end, another at the southern end within the Pond compound. The boards give some … Continue reading

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Next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on Sunday 22nd March from 10:30

The next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on Sunday 22nd March 2015 from 10:30 until 13:00 We’ll be working  in and around the New Meadow– you’ll notice that this and the tansy area near Blue Beck Copse has … Continue reading

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A Summer of Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies at Rawcliffe Meadows

The Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows are pleased to mark their 25 years of managing the site with a series of walks and talks during 2015: Sunday 7th June 2 p.m. The Tansy Beetle: putting research into practice conserving the Jewel of … Continue reading

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