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Walling and hedging grants available

Grants of up to £2,000 are now on offer to land managers in the North York Moors National Park for hedgerow planting and drystone walling. The Traditional Boundary Scheme seeks to restore and improve traditional field boundaries, which form an important part of the landscape character across the National Park. The Authority wants to help […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch

More than half a million people from across the UK are set to take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch, by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 28-30 January, 2017. If you’d like to take part, and count the birds visiting your garden, you can request a free information pack, or […]

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Innovative Wildlife Scheme on the River Rye secures Heritage Lottery Funds

A £2m grant to support Ryevitalise, a project to revitalise the River Rye’s heritage, has been given initial approval by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership programme, it was announced today. The North York Moors National Park has secured this grant working with a number of partnership members, land owners and local […]

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Free trial membership of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

From the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to protect and conserve Yorkshire’s wild places and wildlife for all to enjoy. We care for over 97 nature reserves in Yorkshire including iconic sites such as Spurn National Nature Reserve, Staveley Nature Reserve, Potteric Carr and Flamborough Cliffs. In order to […]

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Woollen goods, locally made from Yorkshire fleece

News from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust of lovely environmentally-friendly woollen goods with a tiny carbon footprint – the perfect gift: Blankets, yarn and hand-knitted hats and scarves made from the wool of our very own sheep are now available to buy. About 10 years ago Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was given a small flock of about 60 […]

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The North York Moors – an ecological disaster?

In this important film George Monbiot is seen addressing delegates at this year’s National Park Conference – it was a brave invitation. He is highly critical of past and present land management of our uplands and makes an impassioned plea for re-wilding of these areas, including of course the North York Moors. I’d urge you […]

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Kirkby artist exhibits at Helmsley Arts Centre

Local artist, Carol Messham, is hosting an exhibition of her recent work, which is based on aspects of the natural world that are present in the surrounding area. Carol trained in Landscape Architecture, specialising in Garden Design. Having always enjoyed watercolour painting she has been able to incorporate her interest in gardens,plants and flowers into […]

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Ryedale Folk Museum Celebrates National Insect Week

Ryedale Folk Museum is holding its first ever Bug Fest! on Sunday 29 June, as part of celebrations taking place across the country for National Insect Week. The museum along with a host of other organisations will celebrate all things great about British insects with displays and activities. Children can follow the museum’s Bug Superhero […]

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North York Moors wader survey begins

A survey recording the number of waders breeding on the moorland of the North York Moors is currently underway. Funded by the National Park Authority and Natural England, information collected during the survey will be used to inform future decisions around moorland management to benefit these birds. Curlew, golden plover, lapwing and snipe are the […]

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Yorkshire seascapes move toward legal protection – latest

One of Britain’s last great wilderness areas comes under the spotlight next month – the North Sea. Conservation charity PLACE (People, Landscape and Cultural Environment Education and Research Centre) will hold its spring conference in Scarborough on 12 April and hear the latest developments in moves to protect the marine environment off Yorkshire. A key-note […]

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Ryenats – 50 years of Ryedale Natural History Society

It was decided over a drink in a pub in Kirkbymoorside on 2nd December 1963 by a group of 12 wildlife enthusiasts to form a local natural history society. Then known as the Kirkbymoorside & Ryedale Natural History Society it continues to flourish today as strong as ever as The Ryedale Natural History Society, or […]

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Help your garden birds stay healthy

For many in the UK, feeding garden wildlife has become a regular habit with the nation spending an estimated £200 million every year caring for birds. If you are one of those now is a good time to clean and fix your bird feeders and tables before the winter months. Scrub with a 5% disinfectant […]

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A Gillamoor Gardener – September 2013

A warm welcome to our latest contributor to the Ryedale Blogs, Boyanna Elks, who has recently moved to Gillamoor from the South of England. Boyanna has kindly offered to write us a monthly gardening column so without further ado….. Learning to Love The Nettle We have recently moved back to Yorkshire to a house with […]

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Schools urged to get buzzing about bees

Schools are being urged to use their grounds to help in halting the alarming decline in the UK’s bee population. North Yorkshire County Council has produced an information pack for schools giving ideas on how to make school grounds more wildlife-friendly. The decline of bees has been recognised nationally, both with honey bees and bumblebees. […]

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£1,000 reward for information about shot buzzard

Police and wildlife workers have condemned criminals who shot a buzzard in Ryedale – the fourth bird to be killed since the beginning of the year. The female bird had to be put down after being found with shotgun wounds at Farndale. Unable to fly, the bird’s wing was nearly severed and scabbed over, meaning […]

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Wanted – less horse power and more flower power on N. Yorkshire’s verges

Two of the biggest threats to North Yorkshire’s wild flowers are climate change and ….tidy gardeners. Over-zealous grass cutters obsessed with pristine lawns have gone into overdrive on powerful ride-on mowers, transforming verges brimming with wild flowers like Lady’s mantle and agrimony into boring swards of grass of little interest to wildlife. It is just […]

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Big Garden Birdwatch – this weekend

The annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch returns this weekend, inviting nature-lovers in everywhere to spend an hour taking note of the flighty visitors to their gardens and green spaces. All people need to take part is a pen, some scrap paper and an hour to spend watching the birds in their garden or local park […]

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Ancient trees and rare habitats gain SSSI protection in North Yorkshire

Added protection has been granted to the most important area of veteran oak trees in northern England. Natural England working closely with the Forestry Commission has designated a 140 hectare expanse of woodland at Castle Hill Deer Park, near Helmsley, as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The picturesque site on the western fringes […]

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Young naturalists wanted

Do you know how a Shield bug got its name? Would you like to know more about ancient woodland? And how many leaves can you identify? If your children want the answers to these questions and much more, why not join the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Explorer Club? The new Club is aimed […]

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Michaelmas painting studio workshops with Robert Parkin and The National Trust

The National Trust – Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire will be hosting two workshops this November. Join Yorkshire based international wildlife, landscape and nature artist Rob Parkin to create your very own wildlife, landscape or seascape painting in acrylic. On Wednesday 7th November and, or – 21st November, Rob will help […]

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Wildlife rehabilitation in Ryedale

It was a great privilege to meet Jean Thorpe from Ryedale Rehab a few days ago and to learn more about her work. In this short film she describes the treatment of sick, injured or orphaned wild animals until they are healthy and ready for a successful release back into the wild. Currently she has […]

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Helmsley School helping to halt butterfly decline

This interview with North Yorkshire-based artist Jean Harlow profiles her work with a cluster of schools in Ryedale, including Helmsley School. This is a new art-science project which she has called called ‘The Butterfly House’ which both raises awareness of endangered local butterfly species and supports the creation of school butterfly gardens.  To find out more […]

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Dawn Chorus walk with Ryenats – Cropton 05.05.12

Crossbills at Dawn For the seven brave souls who attended the Ryenats annual dawn chorus meeting, we were treated to many varied weather conditions and happily an equally varied sightings of birds. After meeting at 5am at the entrance to Spiers House, Cropton we were greeted with drizzle then rain then heavy sleet then some […]

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Still time to build a Spotted Flycatcher nest box

It’s not too late…if you’re quick…..to build a nest box for the Spotted Flycatcher. They will be arriving back from Africa into Ryedale this week and will be looking for suitable nesting sites. They will happily nest in gardens and will readily take to nest boxes if you get the dimensions and positioning just right. […]

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