Monday, 13 May 2013

Blog no longer being updated

Funding for this website was for one year so this blog is no longer being updated. It will continue to be available however and I hope you will enjoy watching the many videos that can be viewed on the site.

Gareth Jenkins

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Ryedale Natural History Society talk – December 18th

Woodland'Among the Sticks' is the the title of a talk by Brian Walker who has worked for many years for the Forestry Commission. It will cover many aspects of his work in our local forests.

Brian is an excellent all round Naturalist and in his job as Forestry
Commission Wildlife Officer has seen him involved in many aspects of natural history and conservation.

This is Ryenats Christmas meeting so there will be mince pies available!

All welcome.

Meeting at the Methodist Hall, Kirkbymoorside, at 7:30pm.

The Ryedale Natural History Society was formed on 2nd December 1963 and has approximately 60 members. They have seven indoor meetings, usually on the third Tuesday of the month in Kirkbymoorside, and at least four outdoor trips during the year. New members are always welcome. For more information please visit their website.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Rural Development Conference for the North York Moors

Leading speakers on rural development will next week (November 27) address a key event on how millions of pounds worth of grants can be brought into the North York Moors.

The meeting at Grinkle Park Hotel in Easington will be a unique opportunity to hear about the next round of European Union Rural Development Funds for the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER area.

Speakers include Andy Tordoff, Head of the Rural Development Programme for England in Yorkshire and the North East, James Farrar, Chief Operating Officer at Business Inspired Growth and Stephen Catchpole, Managing Director of Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership.

Friday, 9 November 2012

WATCH-ing the garden grow

Norton Wildlife Watch have put together this fantastic film to show you all they get up to in their sessions and the about the wonderful trips they go on!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Eco club invitation to kids

Do you know how a Shield bug got its name? Would you like to know more about ancient woodland? And how many leaves can you identify?

If your children want the answers to these questions and much more, why not join the North York Moors National Park Authority’s Explorer Club?

The new Club is aimed at primary school children and their parents, and is all about combining facts and fun outdoors. It aims to promote an understanding of the Park’s different habitats and practical conservation such as tree planting, leaf identification and cutting down invasive plants.

Four families from North Ormesby Academy, Middleborough, have already visited Crow Wood at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Armed with cameras, binoculars and magnifying glasses they explored the wood and took part in a scavenger hunt. To finish the day off, they undertook a spot of maintenance by undercoating the toadstools’ seats in the storytelling area.

The Explorer Club hopes to build on the success of the Park’s Hedgehog Club for pre-school children and their parents, which teaches tots about the wildlife in the Park through stories, crafts and songs.

The Explorer Club is the next step in the Volunteer Service’s vision to encourage all age groups – from toddlers to senior citizens – to volunteer.

The families will be working towards gaining the John Muir Discovery Award. The environmental award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places.

Tammy Andrews, the Explorer Club Co-ordinator: “This is a great opportunity for families to get out and about in the Park. They are able to spend quality time together while exploring, discovering and caring for the environment. It is wonderful to work with such an enthusiastic group.’’

The National Park Authority hopes the experience will encourage the children to volunteer for Park work when they grow up, stimulate an appreciation of learning outdoors and become ambassadors for the National Park.

The six-month scheme transports small groups of 11 people into the Park using the Volunteer Service minibus. Family groups will initially be approached through contact with schools both within and on the periphery of the Park.

The families will be given fun activities to do at home to develop their understanding of the habitat and promote shared learning. Where possible, experts from other organisations, such as the National Trust, will be involved.

Chris Kemp-Hall, Principal at North Ormesby Academy said: “We are delighted to be the first school to be involved in this new project. It's great for families to be learning together in such a unique way, and we were very happy to be asked to participate."

Anybody interested in finding out more about the Explorer Club or Hedgehog Club can contact Tammy Andrews on 07854 718693 or email.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

What do you think of the North York Moors National Park?

Are you happy with the North York Moors National Park Authority? Whatever your views on its work and services, the Authority wants to hear from you.

People in the Park are being asked to complete an online Residents’ Survey.

Jim Bailey, chairman of the Authority, said: “What our residents and businesses think is very important to our work and we need to hear from them to make sure they help us make the right decisions in the future.”

The Authority wants to hear residents’ views on its Annual Report which is posted to them every year. Do they want to receive it by post or would they rather access it online?

The survey asks residents how they rate its services and it wants to know whether they are in favour of community meetings.

At the moment, the Authority only runs Parish Forums which are aimed mainly at parish councillors but are also open to the public.

The National Park Authority’s work is guided by two purposes: conservation and promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the Park’s special qualities. It also has an important duty to look after the economic and social well-being of local communities.

A residents’ survey was last carried out in the Park in 2008.

Take part in the survey

North Yorkshire woodlands colourful show

Leaf-peeping, the pastime of enjoying autumn foliage brings in one billion dollars each year to New England.

clapham beck forest, north yorkshire, the leaves of LothlorienBut you don’t have to go stateside to rejoice in Autumn's russet hues.

The Forestry Commission says its North Yorkshire woods will soon turn gold, with the traditional riot of colour enhanced by recent night-time frosts.

Top locations to view the kaleidoscopic shades include Haygate, Crosscliff, Staindale Lake and Bickley Gate all in 3,440 hectare Dalby Forest, near Pickering.

Adding to the colourful pallet are the reds of wild cherry and oak leaves and the yellows of ash, silver birch and larch needles.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Norton Wildlife Watch film premiere - 25 October

Butterfly Gardening at Thornton le Dale School

This short film was shot on the day members of the school gardening club set out to plant some nectar-rich plants loved by butterflies. As the children describe so eloquently the plants were won by the school as a result of some highly creative work they did with local artist Jean Harlow. Working with a number of schools in the area Jean helped the children create their own butterflies out of waste materials for a butterfly house that will be displayed at Danby National Park Centre next summer.


Through being involved in the project the children have become aware of the rarity of many butterfly species and the importance of including butterfly friendly plants in their school gardens.

As well as flowers these keen young gardeners are also growing fruit and vegetables which they can then cook and enjoy at school. With excellent staff support these pupils are clearly enjoying their gardening experience - even in the rain!!

Visit the Thorton le Dale School website and watch another film related to the work of Jean Harlow.

Music: Free Music Archive: Peter Rudenko

National Park wins prestigious award

Apprentices at work
The North York Moors National Park Authority has been named Yorkshire and the Humber’s best employer in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2012.

The Authority won the Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year. Last year the Authority was highly commended in the same category.

A total of 17 apprentices are employed by the Authority – 14 per cent of its total workforce – and a further five apprentices are supported on the National Park hill farms.

It has trained over 50 apprentices in the past 10 years in environmental conservation, accounting, and business administration.

Andy Wilson, the Authority’s Chief Executive said: “I am delighted with this award. I cannot stress enough how brilliant it is to have apprentices. We need enthusiastic young people buzzing with vitality at our offices and out in the Park. Our apprentices have brought down the average age in the Authority, they bring new ideas, we learn from them just as they learn from us, and they have lots of IT skills. They are a new generation and all businesses need them”.

The finalists and winners were announced at a high profile joint awards ceremony at Leeds College of Music on October 4 organised by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The National Training Awards recognise organisations that have delivered outstanding training programmes and the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding Apprenticeship employers and their apprentices.

Both awards are organised by the National Apprenticeship Service, a Government agency, which received in excess of 1,500 entrants this year.

Sue Price Divisional Area Director for the North of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “This year’s awards were a terrific showcase of the outstanding wealth of talent that we have across Yorkshire and the Humber. Given the volume and high calibre of entries we received, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate The North York Moors National Park Authority for this superb achievement. The awards are a testament to the many benefits apprenticeships and training bring to businesses, allowing employers to tap into new raw talent, up-skill their staff and grow.”

All Yorkshire and Humber winners will proceed through to a final national judging stage and the highest scoring apprenticeship employer entries nationally will have the additional honour of featuring in the acclaimed England’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be produced by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and the national award winners will be revealed during the opening ceremony of the UK’s largest national skills and careers event, WorldSkills UK - The Skills Show, at the NEC in Birmingham on 14 November.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Living Streets State of our Streets Awards

The hunt is on to find the best and worst examples of street maintenance in the UK! Whether you’re quietly fuming about cracked and broken pavements or if you love the street where you live, this is the opportunity to make your nomination for the Living Streets’ State of Our Streets Awards.

The national charity is inviting the public to upload photographs or videos of the local streets they love or loathe. Their aim is to find the best and the worst examples of street maintenance in the country. An independent judging panel will announce the ‘winners’ of each category in mid-November and the best overall submission will win a digital camera.

To enter visit the campaign website.