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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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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

Treecreeper

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

Dipper success

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

Adult dipper

Fledgling dipper

Chaffinch nesting here in Rosedale

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

Female chaffinch sitting on eggs


Deep cupped nest being lined with feathers

Green hairstreak butterfly

Another lovely butterfly is on the wing this weekend. The green hairstreak is a small butterfly found on the moor here in Rosedale favouring the bilberry plant. It can be hard to spot as its wings underneath are bright green and very similar in colour to bilberry leaves. When it lands it immediately closes its wings blending perfectly in to the background. Often seen in sunny sheltered positions. Updale Natural History Recorder

Green hairstreak