Wolds Diary: Season to be jolly should not be all about spending money

Last weekend I visited a couple more craft fairs, one here in Pocklington and another at the church at Wilberfoss. The nice thing about the latter is that they had a tombola where every ticket was a winner. I came away with a couple of things, both of which I can use. They also had a coffee morning and I delighted in a cup of coffee. The sweet aroma of the bacon buttie stall won and I departed the church with various items and a bacon buttie that I quickly consumed before driving home.

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Water rails are the most predatory member of the rail family and will hunt other birds.

Birdwatch: Predatory squealer at large in number

The water rail is one of the ten most elusive birds in Britain spending most of its time skulking deep in redbuds.

A safeguarding newsletter issued to parents of pupils at Driffield School mentioned anti-fracking in the same breath as far right extremism.

Driffield headmaster sorry for linking anti-fracking to Islamic State in school newsletter

Campaigners are demanding answers from an East Yorkshire school for its “appalling” reference to ‘anti-fracking’ in the same breath as Islamic State in a safeguarding newsletter to parents.

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What should be Britain's approach to fuel policy?

YP Letters: Fracking is vital to meet energy needs

From: David Downs, Sandal, Wakefield.

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150 people gathered outside Sheffield Magistrates' Court to support three people charged with obstructing council contractors. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Green Party leader joins protest over felled trees outside Sheffield court

AROUND 150 demonstrators protested outside Sheffield Magistrates’ Court to support two campaigners facing criminal charges for trying to save a tree from the axe.

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Rural Payments Agency chief executive Mark Grimshaw

Agency chief will have ‘feet held to the fire’ over farmers’ payments

AN influential parliamentary watchdog has vowed to hold the Rural Payments Agency’s “feet to the fire” to ensure farmers receive a new round of lifeblood support payments on time.

Protests in Sheffield over the felling of trees.

YP Letters: Tangled branches of the law on street trees

From: D Long, (BSc Hons Arb), Sheffield.

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Much of the UK has seen one of the coldest nights of the autumn so far this year

Winter starts tomorrow - but it’s already 9° below

Yorkshire, the Midlands and Wales have experienced the coldest night of the season with temperatures dropping as low as minus 9.4C (15F), the Met Office said.

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Swillington Ings, only six miles from Leeds City Centre but a magnet for bird species.  Picture: Martin Robinson.

Country & Coast: Industrial reclamation pays off for wildlife

When coal mines were dug around the Lower Aire Valley in Victorian times there were no Nimbys to object, because in those days local landowners and villagers all subscribed to that old Yorkshire adage “where there’s muck there’s brass”.

There is a lot of variation between different rosehip bushes. Some hips are almost smooth, others are spiky.

Hours spent pulverising forage in pursuit of good health

When Winter approaches it is never a bad idea to take a few precautions. So I thought I’d have a go at producing my own variant on one of the great ways of protecting yourself from colds at a time when vitamins are a touch harder than normal to come by. I set about making some Rosehip Syrup.

A target to increase woodland cover in the Yorkshire Dales National Park by 2,000 hectares is "on course" to be met by 2020.  Picture: Tanya St. Pierre/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

New funds for Yorkshire landowners to plant more trees

Landowners who manage some of the county’s most precious landscapes are being offered financial incentives and green-fingered expertise to capitalise on ambitious government targets to dramatically increase tree cover.

The swollen River Don at Sprotbrough. (Picture: Graham Beardsley).

Can nature help tackle flooding on the River Don?

The River Don has long caused flooding problems, but is it time that we looked to nature instead of turning to more costly engineering? Andrew Griffiths reports.

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A cold snap heralds the arrival of winter on Thursday

Winter is coming: Wrap up for a week of below-zero nights

A cold snap heralds the arrival of winter on Thursday, with crisp sunny days and sub-zero nights kicking off the week.

MP opens centre at nature reserve

MP opens centre at nature reserve

A new visitor centre for a nature reserve in the region has been officially opened.

The woods are beautiful at the moment with a carpet of golden leaves.

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On Sunday I took myself off to a craft fair at the local hall and found some lovely items I simply couldn’t live without. I ordered a key ring - of sheep, of course - which I shall pick up soon.

Starling numbers start to build up in late summer leading to the murmuration spectacle.  Picture: Simon hulme

Birdwatch: A spectacle as the starlings are coming home to roost

At the end of a winter afternoon, starlings are coming in to roost, one of the most spectacular sights in birdwatching and known as a murmuration.

Who wouldn't be happy with this as your back garden? Picture: Tanya St. Pierre/Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

It’s official: You’re more likely to feel happy if you live in Yorkshire

TO OUTSIDERS we may be bluff, plain speaking and uncompromising, but that, according to researchers, may be why Yorkshire people are so content to live here.

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Sheffield Council now ‘sorry’ for felling century-old trees in dawn raid

Sheffield Council has issued an apology after axing trees in a police-backed dawn raid last week.

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Yorkshire MP urges review of flooding defences

A YORKSHIRE MP has urged the Government to review its flood plans after the first significant storm of the winter caused widespread disruption.


Video: Leeds and Yorkshire wakes up to aftermath of heavy rainfall and flooding

Yorkshire woke up to the aftermath of heavy rainfall and flooding which has deluged parts of the region.

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