Wildlife on the Foss

The River Foss supports a wide variety of wildlife as it winds from its rural source to its urban confluence with the Ouse in York. Its habit of rising rapidly during periods of heavy rain, due to its relatively narrow floodplain and the proximity of Haxby and Strensall, challenges many of the species that live close to it.

If you want to know more about the wildlife you see, try dipping into the pages below. You’ll find pictures and a few facts about some of the many species you might see during your walks along the river, particularly those living in or right next it. For further information, follow the links in the notes.

There are identification guides and information snippets for the species listed. To find out more about them, use the links.




Dragonflies and Damselflies