Tag Archives: Tansy Beetle

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Thursday 11th August from 6:30 at the Pond

This month’s main tasks continue our summer theme of  restraining the competing vegetation around the two main tansy plant areas, the Pond enclosure on Thursday 11th and around New Meadow on Thursday 25th August. Our apologies to those whose availability … Continue reading

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Report on Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 28th July 2016

As arranged, the Friends gathered at the New Meadow to clear around the tansy plants on the west and south banks of that area. The ongoing management for some years now has greatly reduced the vegetation competing (such hogweed, nettles and … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Sunday 10th July from 10:30 at the Pond

This month’s main tasks are all about restraining the competing vegetation around the two main tansy plant areas, the Pond enclosure on the 10th and around New Meadow on the 28th July. The meadow areas and other grassland should be … Continue reading

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Report on the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 2nd June 2016

Part of our management plan is to cut around the key areas of tansy (Pond and New Meadow) three times in the summer to reduce competition from plants that might smother the tansy itself – in the past we had … Continue reading

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Visit by Rachael Maskell MP to Rawcliffe Meadows

Having accepted a nomination by Buglife to be a Tansy Beetle ‘ambassador’ and showing great support, we invited Rachael Maskell MP to see the Tansy Beetle in the ‘flesh’ at Rawcliffe Meadows on May 6th along with Vicky Kindemba, the … Continue reading

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Report on the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 17th April 2016

Another glorious day but just four of us. Thanks to Judi, Julie and new volunteer Sarah we spread out across the 1.5 Ha field to plant a mix of knapweed, birdsfoot trefoil and meadow vetchling in the bare patches of the … Continue reading

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Report on the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 20th March 2016

Although there were only six of us in total (Judi, Ron, Masha, Pete, Carol and Mick) we managed to plant 160 well-established tansy plants on the banks of the Blue Beck. Sixty on the south side of the western stretch … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Sunday 20th March from 10:30 at Blue Beck

Thanks for all last month’s help – two Barn Owl nest boxes erected, and half the Water Vole scrape reeds cleared, along with a lot of flood debris being moved! Subject to flooding and ground conditions the plan is to … Continue reading

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2015 Tansy Beetle Census

As many readers will know, the Tansy Beetle is confined to the floodplain of the River Ouse in North Yorkshire apart from a very small, isolated population at Woodwalton Fen in Cambridgeshire. Now categorised as Endangered, this insect was formerly … Continue reading

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Report on the Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 8th November 2015

Despite a heavy downpour at 10:00 am by 10:30 it had stopped and although a little squelchy underfoot the three of us (Judi, Masha and Mick) managed to plant over 200 tansy plants, finishing off just after 1 pm. the plants … Continue reading

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