Tag Archives: FreshWater Habitats Trust

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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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 3rd December 2017

The work party was our second session of the winter 2017 trying to tackle the Typha (reedmace) that was attempting to take over the extension to the Water Vole Scrape in the Reservoir Basin. However, this time we came armed … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 19th November 2017

On a splendid sunny autumn morning the eight voluneers entered the Blue Beck Copse with a plan to do some coppicing. The day was cold but sunny and quite sheltered within the trees.  Unfortunately after a brief inspection we first … Continue reading

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Flagship Ponds Yorkshire Photo Competition 2017

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Rawcliffe Meadows Water Blitz Sunday 13th March Rawcliffe Meadows

Freshwater Habitats Trust are holding a ‘water blitz’ working from Rawcliffe Meadows York on Sunday 13th March – booking essential! Contact: Anne Heathcote to book – AHeathcote@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk

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Freshwater Habitats Trust Focus on Rawcliffe Meadows

The Freshwater Habitats Trust who have listed us a ‘Flagship Site’ have featured Rawcliffe Meadows on their website on a couple of recent occasions: http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/flagship-pond-focus-rawcliffe-meadows/ http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/the-first-year-of-people-ponds-and-water/ They have also produced a good summary of work on flooding. http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/floods-and-land-management-myths-and-reality/

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The Water Voles of Rawcliffe Meadows (updated November 2015)

Water Voles are a protected species and their habitats are important. Up until 2002 the Reservoir Basin, and Blue Beck in particular, had been home to a regionally important population of water voles, as was confirmed by a survey by the … Continue reading

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Water Vole habitat doubles!

Earlier in the year we reported that Water Voles have colonised one of the Flood Basin ponds. This threatened mammal needs richly-vegetated wetlands, preferably with earth banks in which to burrow. Although there were signs of feeding activity in neighbouring … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 30 August 2015

Perhaps bad forward planning to hold a work party on a Bank Holiday weekend so there were only three of us to clear two ponds in the Reservoir Basin. The  Freshwater Habitats Trust survey had identified a couple as of poorer … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Pond Survey 2015 – the Results

Martin has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the state of our ponds, using the grandly-titled  “Predictive System for Multimetrics”, or PSYM for short. Developed by the Environment Agency and Pond Conservation (now the Freshwater Habitats Trust , this methodology … Continue reading

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