Yet more plastic in the river

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

Visit to Walbutt’s sewage treatment plant, Strensall.

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 Wagtails

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

Water Vole News

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

Foss Navigation temporary closure

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

Last but not least …?

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!

Water Voles on the Foss

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

Swans on the Foss

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

Closures on the Foss Walk

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

More Balsam Pulling Sessions

We’ve had a good turn-out of members pulling the dreaded weed so far, with several people who couldn’t make the previous sessions saying they’d like to hear about any further chances. Others told me they’d missed our limited publicity and would like a chance to join in. Please tell anyone you think might be interested too. We’re running four more … Read More