Sunday, 23 October 2011

North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve

This nature reserve sits at the very foot of the Yorkshire Wolds and has been adapted from a worked out sand and gravel quarry. As more workings are taking place in the area it's likely that the reserve will expand in the future. Once earmarked as a landfill the site is now managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as a wetland and the focus is on birds with several features created to provide an ideal environment. Hides overlook the ponds and lakes in several places. Inside the hides bird guides have been provided to ease identification for those, like me, whose knowledge of birds is basic. A route round the boundaries of the reserve has been created which at what cant be much more than a mile makes for a pleasant stroll.

Whether a casual observer or serious birder the site is worth a visit. It has plenty of parking and a mobile catering unit aptly named the "Wild Bird Cafe" is often present. Full details of the site can be found at -

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Sunny Autumn Day

Another day of autumn sunshine on the Yorkshire Wolds. Combined with cool clear air the landscape shows all it's features. Church spires poking out of villages. Rustic colours of waning trees. Deep dry valleys running in all directions. Wide open views. The Wolds' famous big skies. What a great place to be.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Yorkshire Wolds - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

Recent applications for wind turbines in several areas of the Yorkshire Wolds have opened a debate on how this special part of Yorkshire could be protected from inappropriate development. One suggestion is that official designation for the Wolds to classed as an ""Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" (AONB) should be sought. This status offers some statutory protection of the features that make areas special. Information on this can be found on the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty's website at - NAAONB Website.

One fact I found on the website was that the UK has 46 AONB. I've travelled the length and breadth of the country and I do believe that the Yorkshire Wolds is certainly as "outstanding" as many of the other areas classed as such. Maybe it is time to seek the protection for this unique part of Yorkshire so that any development is sustainable and fits with a coherent vision of what we want this area to remain and become.  The success of any campaign for AONB status will depend on having broad based support and not being driven by a single issue. It needs to be remembered and considered that every Pro has a Con.

The answer to the question in the title is that the Yorkshire Wolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The issue is whether legal recognition is needed to keep it that way.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Autumn sunrise on the Yorkshire Wolds

Just after I got up I looked out our bathroom window and saw a fabulous sunrise. I went straight outside to enjoy it. Here's a selection of the photographs I captured of it.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Hot October

It was Scorchio on the Yorkshire Wolds today. Being the 1st of October I'd say that's pretty unusual. A great hot day was topped off by a Buzzard sitting in the tree at the end of our garden allowing me to observe it up close. Buzzards were unheard of on the Wolds in recent times until a few years ago. The presence of this top predator is a good indicator of the general state of nature on the Wolds.