Keys Found By Railway Underpass

Please contact friendsofhobmoor@gmail.com if these are yours or you know to whom they belong.

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Upcoming Events on Hob Moor

28/04/18  Dawn Chorus. 6.00am at the Yellow Railings on Little Hob Moor. Come and see how many bird songs can be identified. An evening event will also be organised in September or October, date to be confirmed.

18/05/18 A Friday evening in May: Mayfield Woodland Walk. Steve, Ian and Malcolm Cresser would lead a walk from Little Hob Moor, through Mayfield Community Trust to the Railway Pond. See the different wild life and flowers there are in this natural area.

06/07/18  Balsam bashing. John Wood to lead this. Time 6.30pm meeting at the yellow railings.

28/07/18  Butterfly walk. Tony Fairburn will lead this. Tony will identify the various butterflies that can be seen on Hob Moor.

25/08/18 Bat Walk. Clair Merryfield would lead the Bat Walk. Come and listen to the sounds of bats flying overhead. There are many more than you imagine.

If you are interested in any of these events message and we will send you further details.

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Update On Cows + Dawn Chorus Event

FullSizeRenderThe cows will be brought into North Lane Pasture on Thursday lunchtime, subject to the weather, where they will stay for a few days before being released on to Hob Moor. Please be careful for the first few days until they settle down in their new environment.

Cows have grazed on Hob Moor for hundreds of years and they play a major part in maintaining the land, butterflies, bird life and wild flowers natural to this area designated by Natural England as a Local Nature Reserve. It is a requirement of the higher level stewardship that Natural England have placed on Hob Moor, that City of York Council maintain this area in a very specific way. One condition of this stewardship is that cows are used to graze Hob Moor. The Friends of Hob Moor are dedicated to ensuring that this area remains as a Local Nature Reserve and the requirements of Natural England are met. This is particularly important now because of the pressure on green belt areas.

This year the cows will remain on Hob Moor until the end of June when they will be taken off. During July the farmer will then cut the grass as necessary and treat certain patches of nettles and docks. At the end of July the cows will return until the end of the season, September or October, depending on the weather conditions.

If you want to know more about the management of Hob Moor, why not join the Friends of Hob Moor. You can attend our meetings and will receive a Newsletter twice each year keeping you updated on things happening on Hob Moor. Membership is £2 per year. If you want more details please message us.

Dawn Chorus: This Saturday, 28th April 2018, Friends of Hob Moor, in conjunction with a guide from the RSPB will be holding an event which starts at 06.00 am at the yellow railings on Little Hob Moor. Come and see how many different bird songs can be identified.

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Take The Lead And Follow The Countryside Code On Strays

The cattle are to return to Hob Moor next week, weather permitting. They will be held in North Lane pasture for a few days so they can settle before being released on to Hob Moor. This year the cattle are young 10 – 14 months old and they may be a little nervous until they settle. Please take extra care when exercising dogs on the Moor for the next few weeks. For more information.

Thanks

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Come And Fly A Kite!

Kite Flying on Little Hob Moor Monday 26th March 2.30pm. Family Event. Bring your kites so let’s go fly a kite—-.

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Litter Pick on Hob Moor is Cancelled

Dear Great British Spring Clean participant,

In light of the inclement weather, the council are putting out the following press release today to advise anyone taking part in a litter pick to postpone. Please let us know if you plan to postpone so that we can arrange to collect the equipment and refuse from you at a suitable time.

1st March 2018

IMPORTANT UPDATE: York’s GB Spring Clean

City of York Council is asking York’s litter heroes to reschedule their GB Spring Clean events (planned for this weekend) in view of the cold weather.

The official guidance from Keep Britain Tidy – organisers of the national GB Spring Clean event – is to keep an eye on the weather and if there is any doubt about safety not to go ahead with events.

The annual spring clean event aims to inspire people to roll their sleeves up and get involved in litter picks and ‘tidy-ups’, and was due to focus events around this weekend.

As a result of the wintry conditions, the council has taken the decision to postpone York’s spring clean to ensure residents and partners stay safe in the wintery weather.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Acting Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for the Environment, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has planned an event or who was hoping to take part in an activity this weekend. The wintry weather may have postponed our plans, but it won’t cancel them altogether. I’d encourage people to re-schedule their events over the next few weeks – hopefully when it will be a bit warmer – and we can all still be litter heroes!”

For more information email:

environmentandcommunity@york.gov.uk. Visit www.york.gov.uk/GBSpringClean call 01904 551551 or follow @cityofyork on Twitter.

Kind regards,

Kristina Davey | Environment and Community Officer | Environment and Community

t: 01904 551816 | m: 07765 896561 | e: kristina.davey@york.gov.uk

City of York Council | Communities and Equalities | Children, Education and Communities

West Offices | Station Rise | York | YO1 6GA

Twitter: @ecoyorkcyc

Facebook: Environment and Community CYC

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Please Join Us On The Moor!

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Update on the Becks


20180126_105449The Environment Agency have cleared the becks, (still more to do although not as invasive further along the Triangle), I know it looks rather invasive but it has been left many years and now for flood prevention in York the directive is that becks be maintained. They will be maintained each year but only gently in future and the time of year is crucial for the protection of wildlife. Be assured that Friends of Hob Moor and the CYC will monitor this closely. One tree had to be cut following advice from tree preservation. As you will see  the chippings were spread at the entrance to the Moor at Holly Bank Grove to help combat the mud that frequently collects there. As I have walked around the beck areas, I have really noticed the activity of birds that seem quite happy and busy at this time of year, so I am not unduly concerned.

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New Noticeboard at Windsor Garth (2)

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New Noticeboard at Windsor Garth

Everyone Welcome!

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