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Protect roadsides to save precious plants, councils urged

Roadside verges are in desperate need of green-fingered care if some of the UK’s rarest plants are to beat the threat of extinction, conservationists have warned.

Jo Foster has been in the wars during a rollercoaster week. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Rollercoaster week is a knock-out

My farrier Jack has many legendary stories to tell regarding his job. He must have spent a considerable amount of time reciting them to his mother as she has gone on to write a book, loosely based on her son’s experiences as an apprentice farrier.

Julian Norton: Seals, promos and camelids

Julian Norton: Seals, promos and camelids

Easter weekend is a busy one for veterinary surgeons, but we share the on-call duties out between us at Skeldale, so we can all have some time off with our families. My wife, Anne had heard from a friend that there was a colony of common and grey seals beneath the cliffs at Ravenscar so, on Good Friday, armed with cameras and hoping that the mist and rain would keep the crowds at bay, we went to investigate.

Sue Woodcock admired the ruins of Kirkham Priory, situated on the banks of the River Derwent, at Kirkham, North Yorkshire.  Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Wolds Diary: Spring joy of being lost in the countryside

Life has been a little hectic over the last week but I have still had time to enjoy myself. I thought that the ground would be a little less muddy underfoot but I was sadly wrong, and several times this week have returned with the dogs and me in a muddy state.

Living the Dream: Finding my voice after singing to sheep

Living the Dream: Finding my voice after singing to sheep

We have 11 ewes, which we think are lambing this year and I say ‘think’ because we don’t have them scanned to check, but due to their size, we are pretty sure.

All Saints Church in Shiptonthorpe.  Pictures by Gary Longbottom.

Village Focus: Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire

If you don’t pay attention the village of Shiptonthorpe may just pass you by on the journey between York and Hull. However, far more is happening here than meets the eye.

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Expect more insect activity in the fields as the warmer weather arrives, advises Stockbridge Technology Centre's Dr David George.

Agronomy: Stockbridge at the forefront of agricultural innovation in Yorkshire

In a new series of features for The Yorkshire Post, the team from Stockbridge Technology Centre at Cawood near Selby will be offering an insight into the latest crop production methods, as well as practical advice for growers and updates on weather patterns, soil temperatures and pest and disease activity.

A redstart, whose name means red tail.

Birdwatch: Oak nesting visitors make striking apperances

Two summer visitors who nest mainly among oak trees are starting to arrive back in the region. They are the redstart and the pied flycatcher.

Dormice are considered an endangered species. Picture by Clare Pengelly/PA Wire

Dales woodland sees growing numbers of endangered dormice

A delicate reintroduction of the dormouse to the Yorkshire Dales has enjoyed another year of success, after the species coped with a summer of unsettled weather to increase in number.

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Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured as she announced a snap general election earlier this week.

General Election: Rural leaders react

The Prime Minister’s decision to announce a snap general election in June should be used as a chance to re-examine how the government can improve food self-sufficiency in Britain.

Tim Riley at Stoney Royd Farm, Midgley near Hebden Bridge with his pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle.  Pictures by Tony Johnson.

Tim Riley’s pursuit of the perfect beef cuts

While many other young boys were eagerly devouring the exploits of the Bash Street Kids and Dennis The Menace in The Beano and Desperate Dan in The Dandy there was one six-year-old who had his head firmly stuck in editions of the Farmers Weekly in the 1960s.

A sale of prime cattle at the current Malton Livestock Market.  Picture by James Hardisty.

Malton summit to secure new livestock mart investors

Construction work could start on a new mutli-million pound livestock auction market on the outskirts Malton this summer, according to a businessman at the forefront of the plans.

Neil Heseltine and his Belted Galloway cattle on the hills above Malham.  Pictures by Bruce Rollinson.

Farm of the Week: How the return of cattle to the hills paid dividends

Conservation grazing projects and stewardship schemes are often seen as a way of maintaining and enhancing the countryside while also giving farmers a supplementary income. These may be the primary aims but for Neil Heseltine, of Hill Top Farm in beautiful Malham, what he started 12 years ago has brought about significant changes to his livestock farming operation through his now 120-strong herd of Belted Galloway cattle.

Peregrine falcons are increasingly found to be nesting in urban spots.

Country & Coast: Why Wakefield’s raptors aren’t universally popular

Peregrine falcons utter a shrill ‘kek-kek-kek-kek’ that cannot be confused with any other bird, and it is usually heard resonating across remote upland moors and dales. But over the past couple of years the call has become familiar to shoppers in Wakefield.

One of the new Angora goats at Harrison Spinks' 300-acre farm at Bolton Percy, near York.

Leeds bedmaker buys its own goats for supply of mohair

A herd of goats have been recruited to a North Yorkshire farm to provide luxury material for mattresses.

Peatland restoration work is underway on a grand scale across Yorkshire, but there is much more work ahead.

New £10m war chest to deliver upland peat revival

A new £10m fund to accelerate the large-scale restoration of the country’s precious peatland habitats can make a “huge difference” to the revival of degraded swathes of upland landscapes over the next three years, conservationists have said.

The mulberry tree needs time and respect before it will eventually bear fruit.

Andrew Brown: Mulberry tree is a game of patience

Patience is a virtue. Which is probably why I’ve never had much of it. When I plant something I want it to produce results and quickly.

Adam Bedford, regional director of the National Farmers' Union.  Picture by James Hardisty.

Comment: Farming’s narrative needs to be clear and compelling

Twitter has an amazing ability to get to the nub of the issue. I have thought this on numerous occasions when I have come across insightful facts, figures and comments.

Anne McDonald, right, with Sarah Newsome at Cross Gap Farm, Todmorden. Pictures by Tony Johnson.

Rewards of a new life farming pigs in Todmorden

Getting dragged through the mud as well as certain livestock output provided great hilarity as Anne McDonald clung on grimly to one of the pigs at Cross Gap Farm high above Todmorden recently.

Country Week columnist Jo Foster has paid tribute to her late friend and former teacher, Peggy Alpin.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Farewell to classy, charming Peggy

We are already flying through the pointing season and this weekend promises to be the busiest yet with two Yorkshire meetings scheduled. The Cleveland meeting is tomorrow at Witton Castle whilst on Easter Monday the Staintondale is to be held at Charm Park, Wykeham. Both meetings boast strong entries and promise some competitive races.

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