The old oak tree is well in to autumn with just a few leaves left to shed. The tree really showing its age with a deep hollow in its trunk. Only the holly and conifers remaining solid green. The contours of the moor more prominent with a splash of russet from the decaying bracken. Updale Natural History Recorder
Rosedale is a wild and rugged landscape and is teeming with wildlife. In this section you will find posts relating to nature and events that celebrate our rich countryside.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
These stunningly beautiful butterflies are now emerging on the wing in mid-late July. They live for up to 11 months and new adults emerge at this time of year so are at their best. Buddleia flowers are just coming out which attract peacocks to our gardens Updale Natural History Recorder
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
This old oak tree in Thorgill is in full leaf and host to hundreds of living creatures. It is older than all of us in the dale. Pictured here at the end of June against a backdrop of the moor. Each month it will appear here showing the seasonal changes of our landscape Updale Natural History Recorder
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