Category Archives: Wildlife Report

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

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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

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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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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 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 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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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 14th April 2019

On a dry but unseasonably cold and windy Sunday we gathered at the New Meadow to make an early start on reducing competition with the tansy plants that are in the enclosure around it. Judi, Masha, Pete, Mark and Julie, … Continue reading

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Report on Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 24th March 2019

Back down to the Pond on a sunny and dry, if blustery, day to rake up the flood debris off the funnel above the Pond to prevent weeds developing if it had been left, along with clearing lumps of wood … Continue reading

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