I have had my trail cameras out by the river on and off for about eighteen months and have been surprised how often foxes, badgers and otters frequent the same section of riverbank. I have been interested to try and see from the short clips how they interact with each other and how their hierarchy [...]
Jim Pewtress has been running a bird ringing scheme at Rievaulx Terrace for two years now. Here is a summary of the results so far.
Thanks to Jim for compiling this report and thanks to him and his team for all the early mornings.
Rievaulx Terrace Ringing Report 2013
This is the second [...]
I had one of my trail cameras out for a few days at the end of November and got about twenty clips of this female otter taking bedding into the holt. Over two days she made numerous trips into the holt carrying mouthfuls of dry leaves that she was collecting from the riverbank. I’m pretty [...]
It was decided over a drink in a pub in Kirkbymoorside on 2nd December 1963 by a group of 12 wildlife enthusiasts to form a local natural history society. Then known as the Kirkbymoorside & Ryedale Natural History Society it continues to flourish today as strong as ever as The Ryedale Natural History Society, or [...]
I’ve had a trail camera in the woods for a few days overlooking an area where I have seen smooth impressions on the woodland floor and I guessed it was being used by deer to ‘lie up’.
The first clip is a one year old male fallow deer known as a pricket due to its [...]
After a hectic summer I have now found some time to get the trail cameras out again. I have positioned one of them under a bridge by the River Rye where I have seen otter prints.
It turns out this is a popular spot for lots of our nocturnal mammals to hang out. There [...]
The summer continued throughout September and my decision to take some time off work for the last week of the trout fishing season really paid off. Although water levels were a bit low, with some extra caution there was still plenty of action to be had. The fish were making the most of the late [...]
Brambling – Fringilla montifringilla
We’ve had a couple of bramblings hanging around the garden for the past few days and they are feasting on our sunflower seeds. You can see in the video how easily they turn the seeds in their bills as they apply pressure to get at the heart of the seed.
Insect attractor of the week – Goldenrod
Early September is a great time for insects in the garden and a special mention (as always) has to go to the Buddleia which was bent over double under the weight of butterflies. The Bronze Fennel has been doing very well attracting hoverflies for weeks, but last month’s [...]
Mullien moth caterpillar
I’m not sure where the mullien seed came from as I don’t have any in the garden but was happy to see one growing in the corner of my veg patch. This particular caterpillar is specific to this plant (hence the name of the adult moth) so it shows how important [...]