Balsam Pulls

Monday 28th May, at 10am (weather permitting) – The Groves East bank of the Foss close to Huntington Road downstream of the old railway bridge (now the Sustrans cycleway). The best approach is via Dodsworth Road and Arran Place (a very narrow road off Dodsworth Road about 200 yards along from Fossway).   If you turn right into Arran Place (no … Read More

Bat Walk May 2018

Around fifteen of us gathered by the side of Lock Keeper’s Cottage at 8pm little knowing what fun we were about to have! We wandered slowly upstream with Will Durrant telling us about CAN (Community Action for Nature) its work and the reserve given to them a few years ago. He also showed us the bat boxes they have made … Read More

Please say yes!

  The law relating to data protection is changing in May.  To stay in touch we need you to tick a box to give your consent to contact you. Please complete the membership renewal form giving the information you are happy to provide and tick the box on the renewal form to give your consent. If you are happy to … Read More

Have You Seen a Kingfisher?

We’re trying to find out just how common they are along the Foss. A couple of weeks ago we had a report and a couple of photos of a pair seen in the Foss Islands area, not somewhere I’ve ever seen them. Photo opportunity or not, please let us know when and where you see one (or more!). Sightings will … Read More

Coal Tits Galore!

Participants in the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch survey have been keeping weekly records of the birds seen in their gardens over the last 20 years, an incr­­­edible citizen science project that enables us understand how birds use human habitats such as gardens. Coal Tits are among our smallest garden birds, and are often driven away from bird feeders by the larger, more aggressive Great … Read More

Castle Gateway consultation: the armchair version!

As reported in another news item on this page, the weekend of 25-26 November is full of consultation activities about the Castle Gateway redevelopment plans.  For those who would rather give their views from the comfort of their own home, here is a link to the Council’s consultation pages: https://www.york.gov.uk/castlegatewayideas We hope that many RFS members will take the opportunity … Read More

Castle Gateway consultation moves on to next stage

A series of public workshop sessions next weekend, 25th-26th November, will see the unveiling of the ideas behind the masterplan for redevelopment of the so-called “Castle Gateway” area, including the Foss Basin, St.George’s Field, Castle Mills Bridge / Tower Street and the banks of the Foss upstream as far as Piccadilly.   This plan could be crucial for future public enjoyment … Read More

Changes to the General Binding Rules for septic tanks etc

Did you know that new regulations are coming into force in 2020 which will (hopefully) prevent contamination of the river, accidental or otherwise, due to poor or inappropriate sewage  treatment? I first heard about them at a River Foss catchment meeting with the Environment Agency, amongst others, and was they who brought the issue to our attention. It is extremely … Read More

Castle Gateway Public Consultation summary goes online

The My Castle Gateway project on the development of York’s “Castle Gateway” area has published online an “open draft project brief”, based on a round of consultation activities during the summer.   There’s lots in the document about opening up the River Foss in the Castle area for public enjoyment that many RFS members will wholeheartedly welcome.  Why not have a … Read More