FOHM Newsletter September 2018

Posted here: FOHM NEWSLETTER 41 Sept 2018

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FOHM Annual Report 2018

Posted here: Friends of Hob Moor Annual Report 2018

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Our Next Three Events This Autumn


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Bird Walk Details

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Hob Moor on Radio York

Radio York piece that was broadcast on 26th August about Hob Moor (2 hours 10 minutes into the programme.)

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Dog Attack on the Moor

It is with regret that we have to report a dog attack on the Moor this Wednesday at about 11:00 am. The attacking dog was a white Staffy mix. The victim received puncture wounds and required medical attention from the vet at considerable expense. The dog warden has been informed, but the victim’s owner wants to warn other dog walkers and hopes no other dog is attacked. Please let us know if you have any further information about the attacking dog, and report any similar incidents to the dog warden and call the City of York Council at 01904 551551.

Information for reporting various incidents are on our Contacts page.

. Thank you.

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Bat Walk

Good to reserve a place as you get a device with which to really hear the bats clicking in flight!


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Wildflower Walk Report

Friends of Hob Moor had the wild flower walk on August2. It was attended by 10 people plus Jonathan Dent and Maria from St Nicks who led the walk. What follows is a message from Jonathan Dent.


Thanks for having us this evening. Such a lovely group of people. Below is specie list for the walk. Hopefully I remembered everything!

  • Rosebay Willow Herb
  • Common Ragwort
  • Tufted Vetch
  • Hedgerow Cranesbill
  • Common Knapweed
  • Red Clover
  • Cinquefoil
  • Ribwort Plantail
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Creeping Thistle
  • Mugwort
  • Silverweed
  • Lady’s Bedstraw
  • Goatsbeard
  • Dandelion
  • Greater Willowherb
  • Herb Robert
  • Hogweed
  • Yellow Rattle
  • Triangle
  • Wood Avens
  • Hoary Plantain
  • Tormentil
  • Common Ragwort
  • Great Burnet
  • Greater Burnet Saxifrage
  • Yarrow
  • Bistort
  • Beck
  • Meadowsweet
  • Yellow Flag Iris
  • Greater Burnet Saxifrage
  • Creeping Thistle
  • Rosebay Willowherb
  • Amphibious Bistort
  • Hob Moor
  • Meadow Buttercup
  • Spear Thistle
  • Harebell
  • Creeping Thistle
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Mugwort

Jonathan Dent
Nature Reserve Manager

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Butterfly Walk Report

img_0166We were lucky on Saturday – as we managed to dodge the showers and saw plenty of butterflies. The species we counted were:

Common blue
Holly blue
Small copper
Meadow brown
Speckled wood
Small skipper
Large white
Small white
Green-veined white
Silver-Y moth



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Update on Hob Moor Grass Cutting

A statement from York City Council:

Following your recent contact with City of York Council I am writing to provide an update on the management of Hob Moor.

As you are probably aware, the council has been in a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement with Natural England since 2010 and there is a farm business tenancy agreement on the land. The intention of the cutting (also known as ‘topping’) that took place on the 20th June was to control weeds on site, in particular to prevent creeping thistle from flowering and therefore spreading, in order to meet the biodiversity objectives in the HLS agreement.

However the topping was carried out too early (before the 1st July) and over too large an area. This was due to a communication breakdown and not an intentional disregard of the requirements of the HLS agreement or the sensitivities of Hob Moor.

Natural England have written to City of York Council to advise that they will be making an assessment of the severity of the impact of the breach in the agreement on the delivery of the objectives of the scheme; we have not been provided with a timescale for this but will comply with any action that they require.

We are working with the tenant farmer to improve lines of communication, refresh understanding of the restrictions and objectives of the HLS agreement, and of wider wildlife issues to ensure this error doesn’t happen again.

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