Eighteen months after the floods, long term resilience plans get under way

On Friday 2nd June, The Press returned to the topic of the Boxing Day 2015 floods with an article about how the affected residents and businesses are faring today. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15323421.Flood_victims_still_counting_the_cost/?ref=arc Reporter Mike Laycock based his story of how flood victims are still counting the cost – financial and emotional – almost 18 months after their homes were inundated, on a … Read More

Castle Gateway starts to open?

City of York Council plans for regeneration of the Castle / Piccadilly area  – a project now renamed “Castle Gateway”, certainly an improvement on the previous unmemorable “Southern Gateway” title – seem to be slowly getting underway.   Two planning applications have so far been submitted for the area.   One of these – the Spark York plan for temporary fast food … Read More

Flood Alleviation in Pickering

A small group from River Foss Society visited the Pickering Flood Alleviation Scheme on 4 May. We were welcomed and given an excellent talk and tour by Philip Roe, Area Forester for the Yorkshire Forest District of the Forestry Commission, for a very informative and enjoyable day. The glorious weather only added to it! We began with a briefing explaining … Read More

Huntington and Buglife’s Urban Buzz

Huntington has some fantastic green spaces and the Parish Council are always looking for ways to better manage them for the benefit of local residents. The Council is currently working with Buglife’s Urban Buzz project to identify areas that could be enhanced to assist some of Huntington’s smaller residents – insect pollinators. Over recent years there has been a huge … Read More

Have you heard a Cuckoo?

                                                                       Since 2011 the British Trust for Ornithology has been satellite-tracking Cuckoos to find out why we have lost almost two thirds of our population of these iconic birds in the last 20 years. We have found out a lot about their migration, but much remains still to be discovered. To date we have tagged over 50 birds, all … Read More

Environment Agency updates on progress of work at the Foss Barrier

Earlier this month (April 2017) the Environment Agency  issued a progress report on work at the Foss Barrier.  The £17 million upgrade of the Barrier and Pumping Station is running to schedule, with work on target to finish before the end of this year. Work carried out during 2016 meant that by Christmas of that year – the first anniversary … Read More

Where are all our summer birds?

This blog from the British Trust for Ornithology makes interesting reading! The stop, start nature of this spring’s migration continues. The quiet spells in the weather provide windows of opportunity for migrants heading north through France and Spain, only for them to be closed by the next front to move through. This bank holiday weekend there are some opportunities on … Read More

Fighting Floods with St Nicks

Fighting Floods with Nature – walk Fri 5th May 10:45am-2pm, starting at The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate YO1 9XD Join St Nicks Nature Reserve Manager Jonathan Dent and the Civic Party for a walk along the path of December 2015 floods from the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall to the Nature Reserve. We’ll stop a few times along the way to talk … Read More

Community Water Management Project

We are joining the Community Water Management project run by the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust to monitor the water quality of the River Foss. A group of members will take samples on a regular basis to find out how healthy our river is at different points along its length. The tests are simple to do and training will be given … Read More