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Local project to protect Turtle Doves

A new scheme led by The North York Moors National Park Authority worth over £100,000 has secured £64,000 from National Lottery players to halt the dramatic decline in Turtle Dove numbers. Thanks to the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), this exciting project will enable vital research and conservation work to be undertaken over […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 28-30 January, 2017. If you’d like to take part, and count the birds visiting your garden, you can request a free information pack, or […]

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Call for ban on grouse shooting

Following our recent piece on pheasant shooting, we thought this item about grouse from the BBC local news might be of interest: More than 80,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a ban on grouse shooting as the season starts. Critics argue that the sport is directly contributing to a rapid fall in […]

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Helmsley Raptor Fair this weekend

The Raptor Fair is our biggest annual event. Devoted to showcasing the very best of birds of prey and falconry in the UK and overseas. The National Centre for Birds of Prey and Duncombe Park is a truly fantastic setting for this very special event. The Fair is a great day out (or weekend away) […]

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Birds of prey on show

Several events are coming up for enthusiasts for birds of prey, or anyone simply wanting to find out more about these lovely creatures. Hawk Walk at the Yorkshire Arboretum Enjoy a walk with a hawk following through the trees and flying to your gloved fist, plus owls flying to you from perches. Learn about these […]

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Curlew photo by Mike Nicholas

North York Moors wader survey begins

A survey recording the number of waders breeding on the moorland of the North York Moors is currently underway. Funded by the National Park Authority and Natural England, information collected during the survey will be used to inform future decisions around moorland management to benefit these birds. Curlew, golden plover, lapwing and snipe are the […]

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Ryedale Natural History Society talk – tonight

‘Nest Recording’ by Geoff Myers, 7.30pm at the Methodist Chapel. The Nest Record Scheme (NRS) which is being organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) gathers vital information on the breeding success of Britain’s birds by asking volunteers to find and follow the progress of individual birds’ nests. The data collected are used to […]

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New Bird Watchers Club formed in Pickering

The Red Fox Birdwatchers Club will have it’s first outing on Tuesday 26th March and will visit Anglers Country Park and Wintersett Reservoir Nature Reserves, near Wakefield. £10 for minibus. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. Cafe. Meet Kirkbymoorside centre 9.05am, Pickering Ropery 9.30am, Thornton Dale 9.40am. Don’t forget your binoculars. To book tel 01751-476747, mobile 07896-108155 […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch – this weekend

The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch returns this weekend, inviting nature-lovers in everywhere to spend an hour taking note of the flighty visitors to their gardens and green spaces. All people need to take part is a pen, some scrap paper and an hour to spend watching the birds in their garden or local park […]

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Kirkby builder working hard to get Helmsley’s newest attraction off the ground

This short film highlights the latest developments at the new International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park and are described by Charlie Heap who is heading up the project. Local builder Sid Brackley and his team are working with Charlie constructing the many new buildings that are required to house the birds which […]

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Experts in a flutter over Turtle Dove revival in North Yorks woods

Forestry Commission rangers and volunteers from the North Yorkshire Forest Bird Study Group are venturing into woods to check on a bird which seems to be putting down new roots. The Turtle Dove – beloved of the carol The 12 Days of Christmas and usually found near farm land – has suffered such a tailspin […]

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Dawn Chorus walk with Ryenats – Cropton 05.05.12

Crossbills at Dawn For the seven brave souls who attended the Ryenats annual dawn chorus meeting, we were treated to many varied weather conditions and happily an equally varied sightings of birds. After meeting at 5am at the entrance to Spiers House, Cropton we were greeted with drizzle then rain then heavy sleet then some […]

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Still time to build a Spotted Flycatcher nest box

It’s not too late…if you’re quick…..to build a nest box for the Spotted Flycatcher. They will be arriving back from Africa into Ryedale this week and will be looking for suitable nesting sites. They will happily nest in gardens and will readily take to nest boxes if you get the dimensions and positioning just right. […]

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