You just never know what is up in them there trees here in Rosedale. This little bat was roosting high up on the bark of an ash tree yesterday. Today it would seem it favoured a peep in the hole when it fell asleep. Updale Natural History Recorder
Rosedale Community News
Welcome to the Rosedale blog. This is where we share news and information about events in Rosedale and the wider community throughout the year. You’ll also find news about the village timetable, our micro enterprises, school events, clubs, and lively socials.
These beautiful wheatears are back in their numbers up on the edge of the moor. The male has a grey back and crown and a striking black eye-stripe with a white stripe above called a supercilium. The female has altogether browner colouring with a cream supercilium. Both have buff underparts and a white rump and both have a characteristic bob and flick action. You should see them from the old railway line on the east side of Rosedale and at the top of Chimney Bank. Worth getting your walking boots on. Updale Natural History Recorder
The Rosedale History Weekend held at the Updale Reading Room was very well attended, helped by the excellent weather with visitors, many from out of the dale, enjoying a wide display of industrial, social and natural history material on show. The renowned Kildale industrial historian, Malcolm Bisby gave a fascinating talk on Saturday on the development of the Rosedale branch on the North Eastern Railway and over thirty people (and three dogs) took part in the walks ups to East Mines over the two days
Many thanks to Tom Mutton and Eslpeth Ingleby of the TELI team, to the Ryedale Folk Museum for the loan of mining artifacts, to Janet, Margaret and Carol for the splendid array of refreshments, to the members of the Rosedale History Society who helped host the event and make it such a success and to Jimmy Barraclough for the use of his field for parking.
Over Easter this chaffinch has laid her eggs which she is now incubating. She will sit for up to 13 days before they hatch. The nest is commonly built in a fork of a tree or bush and is a deep cup made of moss and lichen and lined with feathers. Updale Natural History Recorder
A weekend event highlighting This Exploited Land of Iron project and Rosedale’s Social History at Updale Reading Room, 11.00 – 4.30p.m. Refreshments available. Wheelchair friendly. FREE ENTRY!
Archive photographs, maps, plans and artefacts and much more. Local artwork and crafts for sale.
Guided Walks both days. – Mining and Railway walks 2.0p.m. from Updale Reading Room. Bring walking boots and waterproofs!
A talk by Malcolm Bisby giving an overview of Rosedale’s Mines and Railway at Rosedale Abbey church at 6.00p.m. Saturday 22nd. Free admission with a collection for church funds.
Oops, a false start! Although the episode of Tony Robinson’s Coast to Coast programme which aired on Channel 5 at 8.00pm on Good Friday was supposed to cover the North York Moors, not much was shown until near the end. However, next week’s programme on Friday 21 April at 8.00pm on Channel 5 will show much more of the NYMs and will include a segment on Rosedale or so we understand. Set your recorders on if you can’t watch at the time, or catch-up later. Should be interesting and a good run-in for the Land of Iron History Days at the Updale Reading Room on 22 and 23 April from 11 to 4.30 pm each day.
Another lovely butterfly is on the wing this weekend. The green hairstreak is a small butterfly found on the moor here in Rosedale favouring the bilberry plant. It can be hard to spot as its wings underneath are bright green and very similar in colour to bilberry leaves. When it lands it immediately closes its wings blending perfectly in to the background. Often seen in sunny sheltered positions. Updale Natural History Recorder
Comma butterfly is now on the wing here in Rosedale. A favoured place for them is a sheltered sunny position on the edge of a wood where they will bask in the sun. Delightful white comma on the underwing if you are lucky enough to see it. Updale Natural History Recorder