This water vole was seen happily pootling around on one of the tributaries of the Foss last week. How many do we have, I wonder? We’re putting out rafts like this one for them to use as latrines – if you spot one, look closely and you may see traces – this is how we prove that there is an … Read More
There will be a plethora of pulling sessions during the day, evenings and weekends. Date and places will be announced as time goes by and the rate of growth of the balsam becomes apparent. Lookout for announcements on Facebook, here on the website and if you let me know you are interested, by email. It’s not hard work, it is … Read More
Along with many others we walked through the churchyard yesterday. What a sight.
One of many sites – luvverly!
A welcome return to a bit of Boxing Day Fun – it’s good to see it taking place again! Better conditions this year too, though you wouldn’t get me in the river in December.
Following the discovery just below Landing Lane of a selection of plastic items dumped in the river and then trapped by a large fallen branch, a couple of our intrepid volunteers donned wellies and waders to clean out as much of it as they could safely get to. As you’ll know the river was up on its usual level and … Read More
A small group of committee members was given a tour of the sewage treatment plant at Walbutt’s above Strensall. Our thanks go to Yorkshire Water for allowing us this rare opportunity and to the staff at the site for welcoming us, showing us round, and answering all our questions in the process. The following are some notes that the group … Read More
Grey Wagtail I’ve been carrying out Walkover Surveys along the lower to middle regions of the Foss lately with other RFS members and volunteers from St Nicks. A very pleasant past-time given the recent lovely weather. The surveys are intended to establish an open written ecological record of the river and its immediate environment so that we can keep an … Read More
The Riparian Mammal group has continued their river surveys from within. Taking advantage of the low water levels we’ve been wading along most of the river from Yearsley Baths to the ring road. The bottom is muddy in places and there are plenty of bricks and rocks (and few bicycles too!) so, if you don’t want to trip and fill … Read More