Flood Model in The Hub, York

The Environment Agency has a small display of material relevant to the proposed flood defences around York in what they call the Hub in Wellington Lane (pretty much under Lendal Bridge). It’s only open a few days a a week but it’s well worth a visit – if nothing else you get a chance to talk to a friendly member … Read More


Have you seen a mink recently? After a long gap with no sightings on the Foss, we had a confirmed successful breeding attempt near Loch Fyne restaurant a few weeks ago. The family has moved on, presumably because they eliminated all the local small wildfowl and larger fish – feeding a growing family of mink demands a lot of prey. … Read More

New River Foss Project

This is an extract from the latest Yorkshire Wildlife Trust newsletter  – it’s an exciting new venture and we have high hopes for the outcome, particularly if it can continue beyond 2020 when the full benefits should become apparent. The River Foss Project is new this year having won a tender from the North Yorkshire County Council with funding from … Read More

Moth Trapping Evening

Alastair Fitter ran a moth trapping evening in Christine Gray’s garden backing on to the Foss. It was cool and a bit windy, but there were some moths not tucked up in bed, including a number of Old Ladies – a name that caused some merriment – apparently so named because they are drab. photo by Elaine Mepham

Eutrophication – why is there so much green weed in the river? What will it do to the rivers inhabitants?

An Introduction to Eutrophication. Aquatic eutrophication (from the Greek, meaning ‘well nourish’) is the enrichment of natural waters with plant nutrients, which results in the stimulation of an array of symptomatic changes. These include the increased production of algae and other aquatic plants, affecting the quality of the water and the balance of organisms present within it. The nutrient status … Read More

Members’ Photographic Competition

Members’ Photographic Competition. Judged By our President Alastair Fitter. This is our first running of what we hope will become an annual event. We had 30 high quality entries. Thank you to all who submitted their photos. The quality was excellent and the variety impressive.  The winner is Andy Mulholland – In The Foss  Second Tom Fothergill – On the … Read More

Did You See Us? RFS Takes Part in the York Walls Festival

Did you miss us? Did you know about the festival? If not, put it in your diary for next year! We had a gazebo (tied to the railings on the basis that if the wind put it in the river, the railings would go with it) and were talking about ourselves (of course) and about why there is a gap … Read More

Mink on the Foss

We’ve recently had a report and some excellent photos of a mink seen along the Foss well into town. They are vicious non-native predators which will deplete our fragile water vole population – though they are generally seen off by otters. If you see one, please let us know. Hopefully this was a visitor – they do travel a long … Read More