Monthly Archives: July 2015

Why there are cattle grazing on Rawcliffe Meadows

Every year we hear of a complaint or two to City of York Council about cattle grazing on the meadows adjacent to Clifton Ings behind the former Clifton Hospital. The area is neither owned nor managed by the Council and … Continue reading

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The Water Voles of Rawcliffe Meadows

Up until 2002 the Reservoir Basin, and Blue Beck in particular, had been home to a regionally important population of water voles, as was confirmed by a survey by the Yorkshire Mammal Group in 1997 when a training day was … Continue reading

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Volunteers Wanted to Monitor Tubular Water Dropwort at Rawcliffe

As the part of the PondNet unit of the new Freshwater Habitats Trust project they are carrying out  restricted species monitoring, and one of our randomly selected survey squares for Tubular Water-dropwort has come up at Rawcliffe. Would there be anyone interested in … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report Sunday 26th July 2015

Despite the weather forecast the session started quite warm and sunny with five of us (Alan, Judi, Masha, Mick and Peter)  gathered to fight our way around the tansy plants that grow around the Pond. The wet summer has  led to the … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Tansy Beetle 1st August 2015

A workshop for Tansy Beetle Champions – Organised by Buglife, this workshop will tell you more about the life of the iconic ‘Jewel of York’, the threats it faces and how you can help to conserve this special insect. Saturday … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Events 26th July Onwards

A list of what is happening, work parties and what needs to be done over the next six months. All assistance greatly appreciated. Month Sat Sun Tues Thurs Task July 2015   26     Weed control Pond tansy & … Continue reading

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Cornfield Meadow

After a couple of cuts to keep down arable weeds, the new grassland on the Cornfield is starting to look like a meadow at last! To recap, we are creating 1.5 hectares of wildflower-rich grassland so that we can move cattle off … Continue reading

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