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Work halted at Ravenswick Hall

Work stops at Ravenswick Hall

Visiting the site around 3pm I was surprised to see the security fencing being locked and the last worker about to leave. Jokily asking if everyone had headed off to the beach to enjoy the sunshine the response was not one I was expecting. Find out what had happened by visiting the Ravenswick Hall website.

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More tree felling – this time at the golf club

The sound of chainsaws once more interrupted Spring bird song whilst walking in Manor Vale this afternoon. Hot on the heels of the felling at the old council depot these trees were being taken down on the bank side in front of the golf club. Calling the golf club and asking why this was being […]

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Wildlife Trust van vandalised

Soon after posting the good news item about fruit tree pruning, I received the following email from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.  So depressing! Vandals stole and destroyed our minibus – and without it our ground-breaking educational project grinds to a halt. Insurance only part-covers replacing it and we are still £2600 short. Can you help? […]

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Scenes reminiscent of the Amazon

The sounds of chainsaws were once again heard coming from the old council depot, Manor Vale yesterday – they’d come to finish the job they started a few weeks ago. A line of beautiful, mature trees possibly 80, 100 or more years old brought down by a team of men with chain saws and a […]

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traditional walling

Walling and hedging grants available

Grants of up to £2,000 are now on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling. The Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve traditional field boundaries, which form an important part of the landscape character across the National Park. The Authority wants to help […]

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River Rye Blow Gill Hawnby CREDIT Paul D Hunter

Innovative Wildlife Scheme on the River Rye secures Heritage Lottery Funds

A £2m grant to support Ryevitalise, a project to revitalise the River Rye’s heritage, has been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership programme, it was announced today. The North York Moors National Park has secured this grant working with a number of partnership members, land owners and local […]

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Manor Vale woodland work day

We are undertaking some hedge laying from 10.00 am on Saturday 19th November. You are welcome to attend for a morning, afternoon or both. Instruction in techniques will be available. Equipment to bring would include strong boots and thorn proof gloves, old clothes, weather protection, drink and food if you are staying over lunch. Useful […]

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Yet more trees come down on old council depot site

Another morning of arboreal destruction on the opposite bank to the previous fellings. When I first heard then saw what was happening I contacted the tree officer at Ryedale District Council to see if he knew about it: “They’re within their rights to do what they want with their trees, they own the land”. he said. […]

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More tree loss in Kirkbymoorside

How sad it was to walk down past the old council depot yesterday and see even more trees being cut down on the top of the bank. Not sure why these perfectly healthy specimens had to come down. Perhaps they were considered too precarious growing where they were. With the housing plans for the depot […]

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Himalayan balsam

Tackling invasive plant species

With help from Yorkshire Water, the North York Moors National Park Authority are about to commence battle with two non-native invasive plant species on the River Esk, River Seph and River Rye catchments. Yorkshire Water are kindly providing funding for the non-native invasive plant control programme, tackling Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam which pose a […]

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Volunteers at Runswick Bay

Capturing Our Coast project aims to recruit 3000 volunteers

People with a passion for the UK’s coastline are being invited to help make history by being part of the largest coastal experimental marine citizen science project ever undertaken! The Capturing Our Coast project, or CoCoast for short, is a national marine citizen science project that is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The CoCoast […]

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Free trial membership of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

From the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to protect and conserve Yorkshire’s wild places and wildlife for all to enjoy. We care for over 97 nature reserves in Yorkshire including iconic sites such as Spurn National Nature Reserve, Staveley Nature Reserve, Potteric Carr and Flamborough Cliffs. In order to […]

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Woollen goods, locally made from Yorkshire fleece

News from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust of lovely environmentally-friendly woollen goods with a tiny carbon footprint – the perfect gift: Blankets, yarn and hand-knitted hats and scarves made from the wool of our very own sheep are now available to buy. About 10 years ago Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was given a small flock of about 60 […]

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The North York Moors – an ecological disaster?

In this important film George Monbiot is seen addressing delegates at this year’s National Park Conference – it was a brave invitation. He is highly critical of past and present land management of our uplands and makes an impassioned plea for re-wilding of these areas, including of course the North York Moors. I’d urge you […]

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This week’s good cause (25/52): The Thirsk Wildlife Haven

Back to animals for our good cause this week, but wild rather than domesticated: The Wildlife Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Thirsk. The Wildlife Haven is a small family run wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre based in Thirsk. It is a non- profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, care, treatment and rehabilitation of injured, […]

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Results of survey brings good news for moorland wading birds

The number of golden plover recorded on the moorland of the North York Moors could be at its highest level for 18 years. The picture looks promising for other wading birds too with no further decline in breeding lapwing and populations of curlew holding steady, bucking a national declining trend. The National Park Authority praised […]

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Kirkby artist exhibits at Helmsley Arts Centre

Local artist, Carol Messham, is hosting an exhibition of her recent work, which is based on aspects of the natural world that are present in the surrounding area. Carol trained in Landscape Architecture, specialising in Garden Design. Having always enjoyed watercolour painting she has been able to incorporate her interest in gardens,plants and flowers into […]

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Work to save Yorkshire’s last remaining freshwater pearl mussels

Microscopic young of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel were given a helping hand recently by conservationists from the North York Moors National Park and the Environment Agency. The work was carried out as part of the Esk Pearl Mussel and Salmon Recovery Project which aims to reverse the decline of Yorkshire’s last surviving population of […]

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Treat adders with caution

You may have seen in the press that a man had to be airlifted to hospital having been bitten by an adder in Dalby Forest. What didn’t make the headlines was that he had picked it up. A reminder to residents – if one is needed – that adders are poisonous but not dangerous, provided […]

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Ryedale Folk Museum Celebrates National Insect Week

Ryedale Folk Museum is holding its first ever Bug Fest! on Sunday 29 June, as part of celebrations taking place across the country for National Insect Week. The museum along with a host of other organisations will celebrate all things great about British insects with displays and activities. Children can follow the museum’s Bug Superhero […]

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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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The incredible adventure of nine little ducklings

Walking down Old Road with my son this evening heading to the sports field I met Abi Pollard with family and friends busy rounding up a family of ducklings. Over to Abi …. The 9 ducklings were seen walking down Howe End, and along Old Road by the park. We eventually caught them on the […]

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Ryedale Natural History Society report

The group met last Saturday to travel to the Yorkshire Dales in hope of a sighting of the Arkengarthdale Black Grouse Lek. Here’s the report of how they got on: A very early start for two members and two guests to catch the amazing spectacle of the black grouse lek in the Yorkshire Dales. And […]

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This week’s good cause (1/52): barn owls

It was hard to know where to begin our new series of appeals on behalf of good causes. Eventually we opted for something small, endearing and endangered: the barn owl. From Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Yorkshire’s barn owls need your support. Barn owls are one of our most loved wild birds, but they need help. Between […]

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Yorkshire seascapes move toward legal protection – latest

One of Britain’s last great wilderness areas comes under the spotlight next month – the North Sea. Conservation charity PLACE (People, Landscape and Cultural Environment Education and Research Centre) will hold its spring conference in Scarborough on 12 April and hear the latest developments in moves to protect the marine environment off Yorkshire. A key-note […]

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Ryenats – 50 years of Ryedale Natural History Society

It was decided over a drink in a pub in Kirkbymoorside on 2nd December 1963 by a group of 12 wildlife enthusiasts to form a local natural history society. Then known as the Kirkbymoorside & Ryedale Natural History Society it continues to flourish today as strong as ever as The Ryedale Natural History Society, or […]

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Are there pine martens on the Moors?

A project looking for evidence of pine martens on the North York Moors may have captured a picture of the elusive mammal for the first time. The pine marten has never been officially recorded alive in North Yorkshire, although there are regular rumours of sightings. A dead pine marten was discovered by a roadside in […]

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Help your garden birds stay healthy

For many in the UK, feeding garden wildlife has become a regular habit with the nation spending an estimated £200 million every year caring for birds. If you are one of those now is a good time to clean and fix your bird feeders and tables before the winter months. Scrub with a 5% disinfectant […]

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A Gillamoor Gardener – September 2013

A warm welcome to our latest contributor to the Ryedale Blogs, Boyanna Elks, who has recently moved to Gillamoor from the South of England. Boyanna has kindly offered to write us a monthly gardening column so without further ado….. Learning to Love The Nettle We have recently moved back to Yorkshire to a house with […]

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Ancient Ash Tree, Manor Vale, Kirkbymoorside

To the Manor (Vale) borne

On Tuesday June 11th, Ryedale District Council’s Countryside Officer, Don Davies led a small group on a guided walk up Manor Vale and back along the top path to Castlegate. Don explained how the valley is one of many narrow, y-shaped dry valleys, running north-south in the Jurassic strata in the Tabular Hills. Kirkbymoorside Town […]

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