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Wild Rosedale

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.

Our ring ouzels are back

Two male ring ouzels were back up on the moor on the east side on 21 March. Always a pleasure to see the first ones return from winter migration. We are very lucky to still have this upland bird which is in serious decline in the UK. Updale Natural History Recorder

Dippers are pair bonding

We have dippers here on the River Seven in Rosedale.  They are early breeders and pair bonding is already underway at their nest sites.  Plenty of singing between them – females sing as well as males.  Plenty of picking up and dropping leaves, bowing with wings quivering and tail cocked.  Next month they will be well on with refurbishing their nests.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Pair of dippers

A splendid ageing oak tree

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

Old oak tree

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