Monthly Archives: June 2013

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Next Work Party 4th July 2013 19:00 at New Meadow

The next Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party is on 4th July 2013 from 19:00 at the New Meadow (other side of cycle track from Reservoir Basin). It’ll be a chance to see the meadows, or what the Environment Agency haven’t … Continue reading

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Help secure protection for York’s floodplain meadows

Clifton Ings and Rawcliffe Meadows are traditionally-managed, wildflower-rich hay meadows on the floodplain of the River Ouse on the northern outskirts of York. These are nationally-important areas of meadow foxtail – great burnet grassland but, incredibly, lack any legal protection. … Continue reading

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Flood bank repair works at Rawcliffe Meadows have commenced

Visitors to the site will have noticed this week (w/c 17th June 2013) that the Environment Agency have started work around repairing the barrier bank, where it had started slipping last October. This work has included cutting an extensive swathe … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows at Insect Festival 2013

The Royal Entomological Society is holding its Insect Festival 2013 in York. The Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows (FoRM) will be one of the exhibitors in the Hospitium in Museum Gardens, York on Sunday 7th July 2013. We’ll be on the … Continue reading

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Volunteers required to help plant on Poppleton Ings Tuesday 18 June 11:00 – 14:00

City of York are looking for a number of volunteers to help plant tansy and other herbs on Poppleton Ings on Tuesday 18 June between 11:00 and 14:00. It is believed Look North will be filming this as a part of … 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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The Flecked General salutes our ponds!

Soldierflies are smart-looking insects with coloured stripes recalling old-fashioned military uniforms, hence their name. Many species have aquatic larvae, which prefer the classier types of wetland like springs, fens and mossy pond margins. Wetland soldierflies are, therefore, a mark of … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party – Sunday 23rd June 10:30 onwards

The next work party on Rawcliffe Meadows will be Sunday 23rd June from 10:30 onwards for anyone who can make it. This is, as usual, subject to weather and ground conditions! Tasks to be decided nearer the date. As well … Continue reading

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Another top (beetle) species for Rawcliffe Meadows

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows have always sought to find out as much as possible about the wildlife of the Clifton Washland so that we can manage habitats to cater for a wide range of species. As well as the more … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes – Part 2

As reported in Behind the Scenes in April, whilst the New Meadow may look a bit of a mess at the moment matters are in hand to remedy the damage caused by the sewage pipe bursting underneath. Actions on the … Continue reading

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