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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.

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Rosedale Walking Festival 24-25 June 2017

The festival was blessed by the weather gods and so the number of walkers was slightly up on last year, in spite of there being fewer walks in the programme. Over 80 walkers took part, aged from six to well over sixty, with most of them from outside the dale. Some images from the weekend:

Setting off into Northdale in search of art.

History walkers up at East Mines

Nordic walkers stride out for Updale

The Jammy Dodgers, aka Tea Shop Walkers at Abbey Tea Rooms.

Heartfelt thanks to all who organised this excellent weekend and to the walk leaders for making such a success of it.


TELI 3D Modelling

As part of the This Exploited Land of Iron project, all the major relics, artifacts and buildings are being recorded in three dimensions so that accurate models and computer images can be produced. This involves taking multiple photographs of all aspects of the target and then creating the final 3D image using powerful software programmes.

On your way home on Wednesday evening, 14 June, you may have seen some activity at the kilns at Bank Top where members of the TELI team were recording the detail of the kilns with cameras and a drone.

Tom Mutton, the TELI project manager with Rory the drone pilot at Bank Top kilns

Maria Calderon imaging the inside of the kilns. Do not try this yourselves, folks!

Well I never

Don’t be tempted to dismiss the Green-veined White butterfly as just another ‘Cabbage White’. The underwing is a delicate beauty, the vein edges highlighted with a dusting of dark scales. But it gets better. Male Green-veined Whites flutter about seeking females perched among leaves. On finding his beau the male showers her with a ‘love dust’ strong enough that we can pick up the lemon verbena scent. Females are programmed to mate but once however, some are promiscuous and go looking for males, mating up to five times in their short lives. During mating the male also transfers proteins and nutrients which allows these promiscuous females to live longer. Who would have thought.

It’s a common butterfly on damp grassland and open woodland and they don’t do well in droughts. So now this rain has eased go and have a look. Updale Natural History Recorder

Green-veined white butterfly

Oystercatchers wading in

Great to see a pair of oystercatchers here in Rosedale this morning. There is every chance that they have nested here. They usually breed on the coast but over recent years more and more are coming inland to breed. Oystercatchers are wading birds eating cockles and mussels but inland live mainly on worms. Updale Natural History Recorder

One of a pair of oystercatchers

Lovely Lady

A truly amazing butterfly, the Painted Lady is with us right now, amazing because they migrate from Africa. Beautiful markings, hence it’s name and if you get close enough look out for the proboscis it uses to get nectar from flowers. Next time you see one looking a bit tatty and faded just remember how far it has come.  They breed here and adults on the wing later in summer will be in pristine condition. Updale Natural History Recorder

Painted Lady butterfly

Feeding on nectar using proboscis

Showing mottled underwing

British Heart Foundation Coffee Morning – 3 June 2017

The coffee morning held in aid of the British Heart Foundation at the Coach House in Rosedale Abbey on Saturday last raised over £375 for this worthy charity. Thanks to Ena Dent for organising the day, to Margaret and Carol for the raffle and the team at the Coach House for the coffee and biscuits.

The next coffee morning to be held on Saturday  1 July 2017 will be in aid of the Hartoft Chapel. Please note in your diaries now and come along to support this cause.


The treecreeper is a common bird here in Rosedale but not always easily seen.  It is a small bird and well camouflaged with its mottled brown upperparts against the bark of trees as it works its way up feeding on insects.  It then flits to the foot of another tree and repeats the process.  It has white underparts, a curved thin bill and exceedingly long hindclaws which enables it to defy gravity.  It nests in the tiniest of cavities and crevices of trees often behind lose bark.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Treecreeper showing mottled brown upperparts

Treecreeper feeding young at nest in crevice