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Report on the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 4th December 2016

Many thanks to Ron, Mark A, Mark T, Judi, Julie, Sarah, Pete and Jason for venturing into the Reservoir Basin to cut back the phragmites in the original Water Vole scrape and they cleared around 50% of it, which was bundled … Continue reading

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Giving Water Voles a Better Home – Sunday 28th February from 10:30 in Reservoir Basin, Rawcliffe Meadows, York

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Sunday 28th February from 10:30 in Reservoir Basin at northern end (see A board by Barrier Bank by pumping station). Subject to flooding the plan is to use hand tools to cut back 50% … Continue reading

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Water Vole habitat doubles!

Earlier in the year we reported that Water Voles have colonised one of the Flood Basin ponds. This threatened mammal needs richly-vegetated wetlands, preferably with earth banks in which to burrow. Although there were signs of feeding activity in neighbouring … Continue reading

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Mammal Event on Rawcliffe Meadows 5 September 2015

With the help of the Yorkshire Mammal Group the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows are holding a small mammal event on the meadows on Saturday 5th September 2015 from 9:30 am by the Reservoir Basin. With the recent discovery of what … 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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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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