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Researcher and practioner in matters relating to egovernment, government ICT and their approach to the citizen.

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows – Policy Statement, October 2019

  Those Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows present at a meeting in November 2018 agreed that “we do not wish to be involved in any mitigation where we consider the proposals inadequate, inappropriate or under-funded.” As the approved planning application stands … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 13th October 2019 – Tree Sparrow Nest Boxes

An outcome from the Rawcliffe Meadows Breeding Bird Survey of 2015 had been to place some Tree Sparrow nest boxes on the eastern bank of the Reservoir Basin (just below the allotments) as there was identified to be a paucity … Continue reading

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Goodbye Rawcliffe Meadows – update Friday 13th September

The planning committee meeting to decide upon the EA application occurred last night (12th September 2019) and is available to watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vh5Y8-u3Ws&feature=youtu.be (after 10 minutes). It ended up taking until almost 19:30 to get a decision as around half the committee … Continue reading

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Goodbye Rawcliffe Meadows

Officers recommend approval of the Environment Agency’s plans. https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=132&MId=11246 Planning Committee 12th September 2019 4:30 pm “The role of the Friends of Rawcliffe in managing the area will be in jeopardy and their funding will be lost; however this cannot … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Tansy Beetle Numbers at Rawcliffe Meadows (Revised August 2019)

The Pond at Rawcliffe Meadows was excavated in May 1991, and the mounds and funnel that surround it were created from the spoil. Although Tansy Beetles had been seen along the Ings Dyke, that runs between Rawcliffe Meadows and Clifton … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 11th August 2019

We’d ignored the Bee Bank for a few months but now was time to cut back encroaching vegetation. Fortunately for Mick the three people who had said they couldn’t make it did and so he wasn’t on his own. Whilst … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows – What may the Future Hold?

York Natural Environment Trust (YNET) took over the management of what is now Rawcliffe Meadows at the request of the then National Rivers Authority (NRA) in 1990, so almost 3 decades of work have gone into transforming the once poached … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 1st August 2019

Don’t know if it was the leaden skies or the fact that it was Yorkshire Day but Mick felt like a lonely bunny as he took control of the thistle, docks and brambles making their way out of the Cricket … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 21st July 2019 New Meadow

Although we had intended to start on the New Meadow Tansy plants we took our shears to the Creeping Thistle that has suddenly sprouted along the southern bank of Blue Beck below the Copse. Pete, Richard, Ron, Fiona and Mick … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 4th July 2019

Having pulled and trampled Himalayan Balsam growing in patches around the Pond on the Wednesday with students from Bootham School in York, this Thursday’s work party was able to focus first on bringing some control to vegetation in the enclosure … Continue reading

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