Discover York Becks
Wed 20 Mar 2019 at 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST
Meet at St Nicks Environment Centre to join our Natural Habitats Team for an informative walk looking at the ongoing management and future potential opportunities for improving the wildlife value of Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks catchment. This conservation work also contributes to York flood mitigation efforts.
You are invited to find out more about the charity’s work in this area, and to share your comments and thoughts about the future management of the catchment over a light lunch and refreshments.
Please see below for the walk itinerary and more background information. If interested, please book a place via Eventbrite to help us cater for the event and ensure safety.
Free entry, donations welcome. Booking recommended via Eventbrite.
York Becks Project
For several years now St Nicks has been working beyond its boundaries to help improve the Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks running through the nature reserve. Many of the green spaces along the becks are important refuges for wildlife and form the vital corridors for species to move between the city and the wider countryside. St Nicks has been working with the local community to assess the state of the habitats and the species found within them in order to deliver the most appropriate management with our ever expanding volunteer groups. Various parts of the project have previously been funded by York Flood Appeal Fund managed by Two Ridings Community Foundation, 2016-17 Lord Mayor’s fundraising efforts, Postcode Local Trust, TCV and People’s Health Trust through their Local People project, and Heworth Ward. There is still plenty more to do and we’re looking for new funding sources to help us deliver it.
In December 2015 York suffered from severe river flooding and the becks spilled over their banks too. As demonstrated at St Nicks, green spaces help mitigate flooding by ‘slowing the flow’ and providing flood water storage. The most effective way of doing so is to focus on upstream rather than impact areas so, as part of the Dales to Vales Rivers Network, we have been working with partners including the River Foss Society, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and City of York Council to implement a more catchment based approach to river management.
Find out more as we walk from the Environment Centre along this route:
Online bookings are not available for this event.