Category Archives: Site Management

Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 15th March 2020 – the Bee Bank

  Due to flooding and dismal weather this was our first work party since January 5th! We’d had a number of apologies but there were still five of us (Judi, Fiona, Pete, Andy and Mick) ready at the Cornfield gate, … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Activities in 2020

Whilst we await the Environment Agency fulfilling the planning conditions, including the assorted mitigation proposals that we believe should have been a part of the original application a year ago, before they are permitted to start work here’s a brief … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 17th November 2019

Despite the dark cloud of the Environment Agency’s planned upheaval and the forecast rain we managed a splendid seven volunteers to help with our annual spruce up of the Water Vole Scrape (now also home to Great Crested Newts, Greater … 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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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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Rawcliffe Meadows Activities 2019 Second Half

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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

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 16th May 2019

For the first Thursday work party of 2019 we were tidying up around the bee bank in the Cornfield. There were just four of us, Judi, Mark A, Bill and Mick but on a cool but dry evening we got … Continue reading

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