The 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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Hob MoorHob Moor is part of Micklegate Stray and is also one of York's four Local Nature Reserves. It has been used for grazing from the mediaeval period to the present day. Today it is still used for grazing in the summer months but is also a valuable area for wildlife and flora, as well as a recreational area for dog-walkers, footballers, cyclists, pedestrians, birdwatchers and many others. It has a long history with records going back to 1374. It is the only area within York ring road where skylarks still nest which makes it a particularly rare and wonderful place to visit. In this section you will find more information about this incredible inner-city resource.