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
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
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
A chance to chat to members old, new and potential, and nothing like as windy as the previous weekend along Foss Islands Road!
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 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
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
The paddlers in this photo were seen passing along near Huntington Road last week – a rare and welcome sight indeed! Can we have a go, please?