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Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

A splendid ageing oak tree

Well in to October now and the oak tree is steadily moving in to autumn. Leaves turning now but the tree is hanging on to them very well. Shades of autumn in the background too  Updale Natural History Recorder

Old oak tree

Churchyard Strim and Rake – 5 October 2018

It’s that time again – time to cut and rake the conservation area in the Rosedale Abbey churchyard. A team of volunteers from the National Park will come on Friday 5 October at around 10.00 am to cut and rake the conservation area, but local volunteers, with any strimmers, rakes etc, would be very welcome. As an incentive, refreshments will be provided!

The NYMNP and local volunteers at work in 2016.

If you can spare an hour or so, please come along on Friday – no need to book! This will be the last time that the NYMNP volunteers will be cutting the conservation area and from 2019 onwards it will be purely a local task.

A splendid ageing oak tree

In to September and an autumnal feel in the air.  The old oak is still in full leaf but has plenty of acorns which are looking very healthy and are a good size this year.  In the background the rowan berries are ripe ready for birds to feed up on and plenty of seeds on the ash.  With some leaves starting to show signs of colour change there is just a hint of a change in season  Updale Natural History Recorder

Old oak tree
Plenty of acorns

Electric Fishing

A team from the Environment Agency were using electric probes to temporarily stun fish in the River Seven by the High Bridge so they could survey populations in the river. As a result the river appears to be in a healthy state as they found numerous brown troutlings and also lampreys.

A splendid ageing oak tree

Its a month on and the old oak in Thorgill is still in full leaf and no doubt full of interesting creatures.  Only the moor in the background looks a bit parched with this prolonged gloriously hot summer.  Amazing after such a dry spell that trees can hang on to their leaves.  Deep roots is the answer.  A close up of the trunk just shows how trees can withstand serious weathering Updale Natural History Recorder

Old oak tree

 

 

A seriously aged trunk

White-letter hairstreak butterfly

Thrilled to find white-letter hairstreak butterfly here in Rosedale.  It is on the wing in July but not widely recorded here in the National Park.  It is a small butterfly and always rests with its wings closed showing the white hairline across its underside.  It has a white W towards the bottom tip of the hindwings which is not easily seen and orange marks along the bottom edge near the wing-tail.  They spend their time in the tops of trees and can be found on elm but more commonly now on wych elm.  They feed on aphid honeydew found on the leaves.

The best way to spot them is find a wych elm in a sunny but sheltered position and watch the canopy.  Eventually the small butterfly will flit about and land often from where it launched.  It is then easy to watch the butterfly through binoculars or photograph.  This white-letter hairstreak was seen on the wych elms at the junction of Daleside road and Knott road at Rosedale East.  It helps to have this glorious weather Updale Natural History Recorder

White-letter hairstreak at rest

White-letter hairstreak at near-by Hutton Common in 2014

 

Walking Festival – Exploring Rosedale’s Wildlife Habitats

On Saturday 23 June 2018 Rosedale’s Updale Natural History Recorder took 11 keen walkers along a journey through the dale visiting various habitats.  Walking alongside hedgerows full of dog rose and walls lined with foxgloves and ferns was a real pleasure.  The route included the river to Low Thorgill Farm, Thorgill and the hillside above Thorgill and the track north of Thorgill.

The banks of the River Seven hosted numerous birds nests including wren, robin, coal tit and dipper.  Trees and shrubs alongside added nests of great spotted woodpecker, blackcap, nuthatch, redstart and green woodpecker.  Further afield were willow warbler and chaffinch.  All but one nest had already hosted a brood this year and were no longer in use or were last year’s.  They gave a great insight in to bird breeding in the dale.  A pair of green woodpeckers were still feeding young in their nest hole high up in an ash tree alongside the river and the group were very lucky to watch one of the young peering out of the hole.  A spotted flycatcher performed what they do best, flitting out from a branch, taking an insect in mid-air and returning to the same perch.  Over the moor a red kite soared high and curlews gave protecting warning calls to their young.

The group visited habitats which favoured some less common flora.  Wet flushes revealed musk, creeping forgetmenot and round-leaved water crowfoot.  Unimproved acidic pasture hosted our locally rare heath spotted orchid (just the one), bitter vetchling, heath speedwell and heath bedstraw.  Close to the moor there was the delicate looking but robust chickweed wintergreen.  Both trailing and slender St John’s wort was encountered on a dry trackside leading up to the moor.  Three sedges included yellow, oval and remote.

It was good to see ringlet, common blue and small heath butterflies but none in great numbers despite the warm weather.

It was a pleasure to lead such an engaging and interested group Updale Natural History Recorder

Musk

Heath spotted orchid

Spotted flycatcher

Young green woodpecker still being fed in nest hole

 

Rosedale Walking and Heritage Festival – 23 to 24 June 2018

The first of the combined Rosedale walking and heritage festival went well, with good weather on both days for the walkers and lots of visitors to the Rosedale History Society and Land of Iron heritage information stands. The combined format was a great success, with a lot of very positive feedback from walkers and visitors, such that the final number for this year’s event are around 121 walkers or 50% more than last year, a great tribute to the tireless efforts of Kate Jones and Ian Thompson in organising and promoting the event, to all those who volunteered their time and expertise as walk leaders and to the Rosedale History Society and the Land Of Iron project for their fascinating stands. Watch out for details of the 2019 festival!

Day 1 – Linda and Tom waiting for the onrush of visitors

Day 1 – The natural history ramblers being briefed .

Day 1 – The tea shop walkers about to set off, led by Ian Thompson on the right

Day 1 – Elspeth Ingleby and her botanists deep in the oat grass

Day 1 – Tom Mutton training up new civil engineers on the Land of Iron stand

Day 1 – Dave Oakey and his beerminders getting ready to meet their group.

Day 1 – the Ale House Walkers warming up at the White Horse Farm Inn. Photo by Dave Oakey

Day 1 – An hour or so later, the Ale House Walkers cooling down with a stash of river temperature beer! Photo by Dave Oakey

The artistic walkers at the start of the Goldsworthy Trail on Day 2 of the festival

Day 2 – Land of Iron Walk Dog Cooling Station – Dunn Carr Bridge

Day 2 – Land of Iron Walk approaching East Mines

Day 2 – Land of Iron Walkers at East Mines

Day 2 – Shirley Drew and Janet Dring send off more treasure hunters around the village

Day 2 -Happy Nordics up on the line – photo by Jane Schofield