PM's 'constructive' talks with Juncker at Number 10

Theresa May has had "constructive" talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on the Brexit process, Downing Street said.

A previous protest in the village last month.

Police issue statement after Yorkshire fracking protest

Police have issued a statement following a protest about fracking in Kirby Misperton.

Changes in the UK climate could mean an end to "immaculate" lawns and the rise of new plant pests and diseases, according to a report.

Why Yorkshire gardeners will now have to mow all year long

CHANGES in Britain’s climate could condemn gardeners in Yorkshire to having to cut the grass almost all year long, an expert said today.

We are set for an unsettled weekend of weather... but it will be warmer.

Yorkshire weather: Warmer weather on the way for Bank Holiday weekend

The big chill is expected to ease as we head toward the bank holiday weekend.

A pygmy shrew, Britain's smallest mammal.

Country & Coast: Garden watch gives meagre mammal count of just ten

Many people keep a list of all the birds they have spotted in their garden. Mine has just crept up to a total of 46 species thanks to the continuing outward spread of red kites from their highly successful reintroduction project on the Harewood Estate north of Leeds.

The open air bathing pool at Roundhay Park, Leeds, on Whit Monday, 1944. Pic: Leeds Parks and Countryside.

First look: Rare snapshots of Leeds parks at new exhibition

Victorian snapshots of Leeds’ parks are to be revealed in a new exhibition and online archive.

The Government faced a deadline of April 24 to publish its plan

High Court to consider Government appeal to delay air strategy

The High Court has ordered a hearing into the Government’s bid to delay revealing its plans to tackle illegal air pollution until after the General Election.

Young rangers appointed to help lead Dales conservation

Young rangers appointed to help lead Dales conservation

Traditional rural skills are being passed on to new generations in the Yorkshire Dales where a pair of graduate apprentices have been appointed to help conserve the National Park’s stunning landscapes.

Should more be done to encourage walking?

YP Letters: Try walking back to a happier, healthier life

From: Tompion Platt, Head of Policy, Living Streets.


YP Comment: Rare plants at risk of extinction

Ours is a green and pleasant land, home to a rich variety of animal and plant life. But are we taking it for granted? According to the conservation charity Plantlife, some of the UK’s rarest plants face extinction unless more is done to protect the road verges that have become their final refuge.

PIC: James Hardisty

A burning impression on Yorkshire’s great moorland

On first glance it’s perhaps understandable how this picture of a solitary figure, seemingly enveloped by jaundiced-looking clouds of smoke, could make for a worrying sight.

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Sulphur clover, one of the top ten most threatened plant species, according to conservation charity Plantlife.  Picture by Andrew Gagg/Plantlife/PA Wire.

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.

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Frosty morning are expected across Yorkshire

Snow could fall when Yorkshire is hit by Arctic blast

The end of April is set to feel more like winter than spring due to cold air being pushed down over the UK.

Whale watching off the East Coast, bottle nose dolphin.

Where to spot whales on the Yorkshire coast

Not so long ago, the chance of seeing any species of large whale was something most Britons had to travel abroad for. But that seems to be changing, with rising prospects of sighting several spectacular species off the Yorkshire coast, including minke, humpback and 
sperm, the gargantuan fin whale and regular pods of orcas and smaller dolphins.

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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.

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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The last shift: Miners in the lamp room after thier last shift at Kellingley Colliery in December 2015.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Lump in throat in Yorkshire as Britain runs for a day without coal

THE industrial revolution turns full circle today, as for the first time in 135 years Britain keeps its lights on without coal to stoke the boiler.

It's hard to tell the difference between battered Atlantic cod (left) and battered Pangasius (right). Picture: MSC

Odd fish: Could you tell if you’re getting genuine cod with your chips?

THE ORIGIN of a Friday night platter of haddock and chips could be fisher than meets the eye, a conservation charity warns today.


Access ramps installed - for Harrogate’s frogs

Frog ramps have been installed at a boating pond in Harrogate to ensure the animals can climb its steep walls.

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