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Ecology Study

Nature and Wildlife

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What can you find down the trail! 

Follow the nature trail map and email us with photo's if you find anything exciting!

Wild foraging recipe book


We now have a recipe book of edible foraged plants and fruits you can find down the trail!  A great way to spend an afternoon!

Why not try such delights as lavender and lemon shortbread or wild garlic and smoked cheese scones!!

Books are £3.  If you would like one please email us at

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Ecology study 2022-2023

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An initial ecology study was carried out by Shrubfrog Horticulture and Ecology.  The aim being to increase biodiversity of the trail.  The study continue into 2023.  We have provided interactive opportunities to our fairy lovers by providing apps to identify insect

Further planting will took place early in 2023.  This is the second stage of the study and the aim is to introduce more bees and hover flies to the area.

Butterfly species were identified in 2023 and bat detection took place in late summer of 2023.   


Small bug houses were introduced in summer 2022.  A large interactive bug house will be placed near the stream this spring, look out for it!


What we have identified so far that maybe new to the trail....

Insects                                                     Birds                                               Mammals

Gatekeeper butterfly                              Redwing                                         Otter

Brimstone buttery                                   Sparrowhawk                                Pipistrelle Bats

Common blue butterfly                                                                                  Noctule Bats

Orange tip butterfly

Small white butterfly

Speckled wood butterfly

Comma butterfly

Peacock butterfly

Please let us know if you spot anything interesting to help with the study! 

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  • To create a magical walkway by the river for both the local community and visitors to York to enjoy

  • To enhance the biodiversity in the area and enrich the plant and wildlife

  • To highlight the value of recycling

  • To bring attention to the positive effects of being in nature

  • To bring the community together

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