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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hay meadows restored

An area of North Yorkshire renowned for its stunning landscape has benefited from work to restore hay meadow habitats.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Cycling spectacle relived

A small North Yorkshire village is reliving the day it was in the spotlight when the Tour de France pedalled through this summer.

Hambleton District Council has produced a 60 page souvenir of Le Tour de Tanfield packed with images of the community’s special day – and Royal visitors. Profits from the £10 book, which also includes a CD of images, will be donated to the village fund.

The book is on sale at West Tanfield Post Office and at the council's civic centre in Northallerton.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Collection tour is a kind of magic

Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Scarborough Museums Trust Collections Jennifer Dunne with a witch amulet which features in the next store tour of the Scarborough Collections on 7 October.

The Black cats and witch traps tour explores objects relating to superstition and magic held in the trust’s stores at Woodend.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects acquired by the borough over the years. They are all in the care of the trust.

Collections tours are on the first Tuesday of each month. Each takes around an hour, and participants are asked to meet at Scarborough Art Gallery at 2pm before heading next door to Woodend Creative Workspace, where the collections are housed in modern storage facilities in the basement.

Places on the tour cost £3 each, which then includes entry fee to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum for a year. Further information, contact the gallery.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Bumblebee work creates a buzz

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is building a picture of bumblebee populations within hay meadows in the area with its Buzz in the Meadows project.

During summer, volunteers carried out weekly and fortnightly bumblebee surveys in some of the few remaining traditional wildflower hay meadows in the Dales at Askrigg Bottoms, Grassington, Lower Winskill, Muker and Colt Park at the foot of Ingleborough.

It's the first time this type of survey work has been carried out in the Dales. The findings will be added to the national records maintained by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and disseminated widely within the farming community and to conservation professionals, with a view to influencing policy and managing hay meadows as a habitat for bumblebees into the future.

The feeding habits of 614 bumblebees, comprising ten different individual species, were recorded during the survey period.

The insects were recorded visiting 21 different wildflower species across the five survey sites. The bright pink and purple blooms of Red Clover were the most popular and regular visits to Yellow Rattle, Meadow Buttercup, White Clover, Eyebright and Selfheal were also recorded by the volunteers as the bumblebees foraged during the summer months.

Theatre Slipping into new production

Charlotte Harwood and Christopher Harper in rehearsal for Claudine Toutoungi's Slipping which runs from 3-18 October at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre Company.
The contemporary, witty and sharply-observed drama comes from one the theatre's most recent discoveries and explores the effect of modern living on human relationships. Further information: www.sjt.uk.com