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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Wildflower Walk on August 2

Flowers - Little Hob Moor, General ViewPlease note: Just to let you know that the Wildflower Walk that was planned for July 5th on the Moor has now been postponed – the new date will be the 2nd August.

Look forward to seeing you then.

We are pleased to announce that there will be a wildflower walk led by Jonathon Dent from St Nicks Fields. Please do join us on the evening of Thursday 5th July at 6.30pm. We will meet at the railings on Little Hob Moor.

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Buttercup Project in North Lane Field

Flowers - Bulbous ButtercupIn 2017 it was noted by the Friends of Hob Moor that the flowering of buttercups across the site appeared to not be as prolific as in previous years. Therefore we are very pleased to be working with the council in order to monitor this and we need your help.

There will be a project in the next couple of weeks to measure the cover of buttercups (Ranunculus spp.) in North Lane Meadow by recording the number of plants flowering, and the percentage cover of plants in 30 1x1m quadrats selected using a ‘W’ independent sampling walk. If you would like to help us with this please get in touch and we can provide more details. Please contact our secretary directly thorntonmw19@gmail.com


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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.


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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

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