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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!

Ecology study 2022-2024

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An initial ecology study has been carried out by Shrubfrog Horticulture and Ecology.  The aim is to increase biodiversity of the trail.  The study is to continue over 2 years.  We hope to provide interactive opportunities to our fairy lovers by providing apps to identify insects and assist with national insect counts such as the 'big butterfly count'. 

See the Ecological Planting Strategy:


Further planting will take 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.

Moth, butterfly and bat detection is been looked at in late summer of 2023 with a further detection in 2024 to identify if there has been any increase in numbers.


Bug houses were introduced in summer 2022, hopefully we will be able to introduce more going forward. 


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

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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