Category Archives: News item

The Biodiversity of Rawcliffe Meadows, York

  [From the Introduction] Despite the supposed protection SSSI status brings, much of the grassland will soon be destroyed or permanently damaged when the Environment Agency (EA) enlarges the flood bank running through the site. FoRM were unable to support … Continue reading

Posted in News item, Wildlife Report | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows – May Update

Thanks to Judi for keeping us supplied with photographs of the Meadows as she carries out her permitted exercise. Above is the Oak tree at the pinch point on the cycle track that may or may not survive the Barrier … Continue reading

Posted in News item, Wildlife Report | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Annual Report 2019 – The Final One

As the Environment Agency are planning on starting work on the Barrier Bank in 2020 which is likely to destroy much of the past 29 years hard work we are issuing a final report that is a brief summary of … Continue reading

Posted in News item | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in News item | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in News item, Site Management, Work Party | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in News item | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in News item, Wildlife Report | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in News item | Leave a comment

Clifton Ings Barrier Bank, SSSI Mitigation Strategy Version 2 (May 2019) – Objection from Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows

Introduction The above document has been submitted by the developer (the Environment Agency) as an addendum to their Environmental Statement (ES) for the Barrier Bank planning application. It contradicts some of the assertions made in the ES but it is … Continue reading

Posted in News item | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 6th June 2019

Another lovely evening to be working on the Meadows! This time around the main pond at the south of the site. Some years ago we noticed a tendency for various plants to encroach onto the Tansy clumps and if Cleavers … Continue reading

Posted in News item, Site Management, Work Party | Tagged , | Leave a comment