Castle Mill Basin Clear-up

Lynette Mills tells us that she has been working for some months now with Community Police Liaison officer Amy Hunter and the Community Payback Scheme to get the towpath in the Foss Basin cleaned up, and the bushes cleared and cutback.  You can see from the photos below some of the work done last Thursday with the towpath looking much … Read More

RFS at St. Nicks Autumn Fayre

The Society ran a stall at St. Nicholas Fields on Saturday 5th October to highlight the work we’ve been doing with St. Nicks Environment Centre. We talked to lots of people about walkover surveys of the river, watervole populations and habitat and water quality monitoring which form the bulk of our work with the team at the centre. We also … Read More

Duckweed on the Foss

The RFS having had many queries about the duckweed that is covering much of the river, particularly in its lower reaches, the Environment Agency was asked for its advice. The following is the statement they kindly provided ; hopefully it should answer most people’s questions. “Many people think that duckweed is unsightly, which is a matter of opinion, and a … Read More

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

MINK ALERT!

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

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

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