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
The Environment Agency will be undertaking a survey and inspection of the Foss Barrier in readiness for work to be carried out later in the year. As a result, the Foss Navigation will be closed for a four week period from the week commencing Monday 6 August 2018. There will be no access into Foss Basin during this time. Both … Read More
At this year’s Great Yorkshire Show each section of the main stand was named after a Yorkshire river. Seeing the Ouse, Aire, Wharfe stands, it was a pleasant surprise to turn a corner and see that the end stand is the Foss stand!
I’ve long wondered whether we have a significant population of water voles along the Foss. The RFS has had several reports of sightings, though unless you are experienced it’s not all that easy to be sure that it’s a water vole, not a rat when you don’t get a clear and fairly close view. Following our successful application for LNP … Read More
John Millett writes: Whilst checking progress on the Foss footpath closures I had the opportunity to view the birds on the lagoons of Walbutt’s Water Treatment Plant near Strensall. I had very good views of a pair of Mute Swans with seven well developed cygnets, a pair of Mallard with eight young, several other single Mallards, a pair of Tufted … Read More
John Millett, River Foss Society Chairman, tells us: The public footpath following along the west bank of the Foss from Strensall to Sheriff Hutton, marked Centenary Way on OS Maps, passes Lock House, Strensall, where the footpath narrows down as it passes the end of the garden and the river bank. At this point a slippage has occurred which makes … Read More