Tag Archives: Ouse Ings

Deep Meadows and Transparent Floods – The Story of the Ouse Ings

There is something almost magical about floodplain meadows, whether it is the evocative bubbling of a Curlew high in the sky and often out of sight, jewels such as York’s own Tansy Beetle, the endangered Necklace Ground-beetle or the stunning … Continue reading

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A Walk Looking at the Landscape History of Clifton Ings and Rawcliffe Meadows on Tuesday 16th June 6:30 pm

You’re probably aware that the remaining Ings meadows along the River Ouse are an important part of York’s natural environment. But these grasslands can also tell us fascinating stories about how local people used the resources around them. Perhaps harvested for hay … 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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The Ings at their best!

Between the cutting of the hay and the first spring flowers, floodplain meadows can look like ordinary grass fields. But visit the riverside Ings now and you will see a spectacular display of wildflowers. Just now, sheets of golden buttercups, … Continue reading

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By flowery meads

In the 8th century, the great Anglo-Saxon scholar Alcuin wrote a poetic account of his home town of York in which he described the River Ouse flowing “by flowery meads on each side of its banks”. These flower-rich meadows, still … Continue reading

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