“Southern Gateway” development comes a step nearer

In September 2016, City of York Council introduced their consultation on development ideas for York’s “Southern Gateway”, the area running from Blue Bridge to Coppergate and centred on Piccadilly and the lower river Foss, which has long been a planning problem zone.  No specific plans were on the table at that time.   But on 4th January we learnt from … Read More

Black Dike bridge re-opened

In the Winter 2015/6 number of On the Foss, we reported that City of York Council had been obliged to close the footbridge over Black Dike near Walbutts Farm, Strensall (Grid ref SE 6483 6209) because floodwater damage had made the bridge unsafe.  So we’re delighted to pass on the good news from Richard Hoyland, CYC Public Rights of Way Officer, that … Read More

Otter sightings on the Foss

There have been numerous sightings of otters on the Foss at Strensall, but it’s even better when these sightings are backed up with a photograph. This otter was spotted recently about half a mile north of the Sheriff Hutton road bridge by RFS member Dave Russell.  Dave was walking his dog early one morning when he spotted the otter, but … Read More

Waxwing Lyrical

We are nearing mid-November, a time when you begin to feel that autumn migration has pretty much come to a close, and, while that may be the case for some species, it still feels like this autumn has more to give. Waxwings have been on the move all week with new flocks noted on the east coast. They breed in the … Read More

Eyes Peeled!

What Will Autumn Bring Us? We will be bringing you seasonal updates about the wildlife to be seen in the vicinity of the River Foss. Our first offering is from mid-October by Mike Gray, a contributor to the wildlife section … As the seasons change, so will the variety of bird species we see along and around the river. It … Read More

Installation of new pumps gets underway at the Foss Barrier

The Press on 27th September reported the winching-out of the first of the old pumps from the Foss Barrier building, preparatory to installing the new Swedish-built pumps that will eventually increase capacity at the barrier from the previous 30 cubic metres of water per second (cumecs) to 50 cumecs.    The operation was witnessed by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom, who … Read More

EA puts out welcome mat for eels in Foss

As our photo shows, the Environment Agency’s eel pass in the weir at Castle Mills lock is now up and working. While we are not aware of any evidence of their presence in the Foss, this is good news for eels, which are an endangered species.   Eels’ life cycle involves long migrations between rivers and oceans, but without the … Read More

Show us your mussels …

A Huntington resident was walking the Foss with his grandchild and found these mussel shells.  We contacted a Professor in Archaeological Science who says that these are probably the swan mussel, (sp. Anodonta cygnaea). This large species of freshwater mussel is found in rivers and they are now fairly common in the Foss.  Intriguingly, this species appears suddenly in York’s archaeological record about the time … Read More

Watch this space!

This is where you can find out what’s been going on in the River Foss Society. We’re always looking for interesting photos to put in our gallery, so if you see anything striking or out of the ordinary when you’re out walking, please send it to us. Our e-mail is editor@riverfosssociety.co.uk, or you could use Dropbox from your phone.