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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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Rosedale History Society Presentation – 2 December 2018

As today, Sunday 2 December, was the last tea and chat meeting of the Society for 2018, the members presented Carol Cockerill and Margaret Truran with early Christmas presents in grateful thanks for the delicious tea and cakes they provide for the meetings throughout the year and which are such a well known feature of these events!

Carol and Margaret with Janet Dring (Chair) and Linda Chambers (Secretary)

The next regular meeting of the Society will be on Sunday 6 January, from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Updale Reading Room – all are most welcome and in the meantime a very Happy Christmas and a stimulating New Year to everyone.

Stunning wheatears up on old railway line

These beautiful wheatears are back in their numbers up on the edge of the moor. The male has a grey back and crown and a striking black eye-stripe with a white stripe above called a supercilium. The female has altogether browner colouring with a cream supercilium. Both have buff underparts and a white rump and both have a characteristic bob and flick action. You should see them from the old railway line on the east side of Rosedale and at the top of Chimney Bank. Worth getting your walking boots on. Updale Natural History Recorder

Male wheatear

Female wheatear

Fabulous Fungi in Rosedale

Some spectacular fungus out there just now. Yellow Brain fungus Tremella mesenterica, is hard to miss, its golden yellow looking so unnatural. Jelly Ear fungus Auricularia auricula-judae is perhaps less obvious but is just beautifully formed in a rich brown. Both are jelly-like and found on dead or decaying trees. Updale Natural History Recorder


Yellow Brain fungus on decaying Ash tree


Jelly Ear fungus on decaying Elder tree


Spectacular fungus

Found this beautiful Jelly ear fungus here in the dale this week. Also known as Judas’s ear fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae and commonly found on the elder tree. The story goes that Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus hanged himself on an elder tree. It resembles the human ear and is rubbery in texture. It ranges from purple to brown through to almost black as it ages.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Jelly ear fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae

Jelly ear fungus, Auricularia auricula-judae

A gem of a dragonfly

A stunningly handsome dragonfly when studied closely, this is a male black darter. It’s four wings remain in the open position when at rest and each wing has a small black wing-spot near the tip. It is Britain’s smallest dragonfly. The black darter is restricted to acid water and therefore quite common around moorland bog pools. Now getting towards the end of its flight season but there were plenty basking in the sun today up on the moor here in Rosedale. Updale Natural History Recorder

Stunning black darter dragonfly

Stunning black darter dragonfly

Right royal fieldfare

A sure sign of winter is a flock of fieldfares in a berry-laden tree or feeding on earthworms and seeds in the fields. The fieldfare is part of the thrush family and is very distinct with a grey crown and neck, a brown back and a reddish wash down its breast. It is a winter migrant to the UK and returns north for summer breeding from March onwards. And they are now on the verge of leaving as spring is knocking on the door with the arrival of curlews in the Dale this last week, lapwings increasing in numbers and the greater spotted woodpecker drumming. Updale Natural History Recorder

Right royal fieldfare

Right royal fieldfare