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.
With the warmer weather comes danger! The adders are out of hibernation now and during the brief sunny spells can be found basking as this one was high on the moor. The adder is our only poisonous snake but will only bite if threatened, which usually takes the form of accidentally being trodden on. They are shy creatures and will normally slink away unnoticed. This one was about 50cm long which is about average. Updale Natural History Recorder
Take a close look at a female grouse, her colours are stunning. They are just starting to nest now. Other ground-nesting birds are already well on their way, Curlews and Lapwings have already started. Still waiting to hear the Cuckoo here in the dale, any day now. Farndale had one calling over last weekend. House Martins seen here today, Thursday and Swallows seen as early as 15 April. Shame the cold spell is back with us this coming weekend. Updale Natural History Recorder.
Ryedale Natural History Society has an outdoor meeting on the evening of Wednesday 24 April consisting of a moorland walk around Blakey.
It starts at 6.30pm from the Lion Inn car park and will be no more than 3 miles, finishing by 8.30pm.
It will be mainly on the flat with one steepish hill and walking shoes are recommended.
Upland birds will be the main focus.
Non members welcome.
Very lucky to get a pair of redpolls on the bird feeder this Tuesday. A beautiful red forecrown and a small black chin patch make them quite distinctive. They are occasional visitors to gardens and feed on Niger seeds. They tend to be seen with goldfinches, siskins and linnets. This is the male and if you look closely at his right leg he has been ringed in the past.
Thanks to our ‘Updale Natural History Recorder’ for the regular and beautiful posts about the wildlife in the dale.
Next time you see hazel catkins, which are the male flower, look for the female flower which is just flowering now. It is delightful, a tiny bright red flower which eventually, if pollinated, will turn into the cobnut we associate with hazel. Plenty round the dale.
The wildlife is really coming to life now round the dale. These frogs are really getting on with it up at Reeking Gill.
Another sign that Spring is here. Happy frogs I’d say.
Just a quick reminder folks…..20th April, small scale goat keeping course at Medds Farm Rosedale . Drop us a line if you are interested. £25. Approx 4hrs including refreshments.
One of the first signs of Spring is Colt’s Foot and today it has finally made an appearance. It has a flowerhead like a chimney sweep’s brush and reddish scales along its stem. You won’t find any leaves though as it is one of the few plants where the leaves appear after it has flowered. And it is the shape of the leaves, hoof-like, that gives it its name.
If you’re visiting Rosedale you could not do better that visit Maggie Barracloughs tea garden at the head of the dale. Its the place to head to refresh yourself after a good walk… and this weekend the sun will be out, though I am sure the log burner will still be warming visitors taking tea alfresco in Maggies outside dining room !
‘Our’ Rosedale Abbey featured in yesterdays Escape to the Country when Ann’s Abbey Stores was explored as a possible business venture and the ‘Ever Beautiful North York Moors’.
Have a look on Iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rmcgb/Escape_to_the_Country_Series_13_North_Yorkshire/