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
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.
The coffee morning held in the Coach House Inn on Saturday 6 May was in aid of the Guide Dogs For The Blind.
The coffee donations and raffle raised £250 for this very worthy cause. Many thanks to Angela Gage for organising the morning, to Margaret, Carol and Janet for running the raffle and to the Coach House team for hosting the event.
Most people living in the dale will have seen that a film production company has been at work in the village for the last few days, but visitors and others might like to know what is happening. The programme being made is a six part sitcom for ITV starring the comedian Jack Dee, with a working title ‘Bad Move’ . The scenario involves a couple, Steve and Nicky (Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman) moving ‘oop North’ to take over a run-down village store and the amusing encounters they have with locals and so on. The series is due to air sometime in the Autumn, but other than that little else is know at this stage. Some scenes from the recent activity:
The company is moving on to other parts of the county on Friday including a session in Harrogate, before moving back to London to complete filming and editing. It has been a fascinating process to watch and we wish them well for the rest of the their time in Yorkshire.
Finally, many thanks to David Seaton, the location manager and his assistant Eugene for their help in allowing access to locations.
The dippers here on the River Seven are busy nesting. One pair got off to a very early start, the female having laid five eggs by 23 March. With an incubation period of 16-17 days all had hatched by 9 April. The chicks are fed at the nest for 18-20 days by both adults but these nestlings have been a bit slow to leave home and finally the last one was seen leaving the area of the nest this morning (1 May). Although they don’t yet have the clear white front of the adult bird they still bob or dip just like them. Unmistakable. Nature at its best. Updale Natural History Recorder
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
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.