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The Invertebrates of Rawcliffe Meadows

Invertebrates play a huge but largely unseen role in the functioning of Rawcliffe Meadows: they recycle plant debris, flood refuse, rotting timber, small animal corpses and cow dung; they pollinate trees and flowers, ensuring production of seeds and fruits; they … Continue reading


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The Tree Sparrows of Rawcliffe Meadows: still here after 70 years!

When the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union (YNU) visited Clifton Ings in 1942, they noted breeding birds including Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Corn Bunting and Tree Sparrow. Sadly the first three of these have disappeared as local nesting species: it is sobering to … Continue reading

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