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Country Diary: Recent rainfall has resulted in appearance of fungi

Herring gulls are a menace – not kittiwakes, as some believe.

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Temple of the Four Winds at Castle Howard.

Walks: Coneysthorpe - Centenary Way - Castle Howard

This delightful walk of about six miles, departs from the small, picturesque village of Coneysthorpe, about five miles east of Malton, at the north entrance to Castle Howard park. It includes Castle Howard, noted for its magnificent location, and scenery of the Howardian Hills. The mansion of Castle Howard is well known to many – a superb early 18th century building designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. It contains interesting collections of furniture, porcelain, sculpture and paintings. Its 1,000-acre park has an ionic temple and statues, lakes and fountains, and is thickly wooded.

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Albino blackbird

Country Diary: A haven of beauty and tranquility

Hello again! Remember Little and Large, our Vapourer Moth caterpillars? They’re now enjoying life, happily munching hawthorn hedging, to complete their metamorphosis in natural surroundings.

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Walks: Lythe to Ugthorpe is a charming route

Walks: Lythe to Ugthorpe is a charming route

Ugthorpe is a small village situated on the edge of the North York Moors, eight miles west of Whitby. It is not on main tourist routes, and has retained its quietness and calm, which adds to its charm.

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Country Diary: Finding a new pet among the broad beans

We’ve recently acquired a new pet! It won’t cost much to feed, and Tigga certainly won’t be jealous. Whilst picking our broad beans, I noticed that several leaves had been eaten, but I thought no more about them, until two caterpillars were observed – little and large! We’ve kept the larger one as it’s more active.

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Walks: The pleasant village of Bulmer

Walks: The pleasant village of Bulmer

Bulmer is a village pleasantly situated on high ground. It’s about seven miles south-west of Malton, and 13 miles from York. Lying in wooded countryside, on a road running straight from Welburn, it’s only about two miles from the A64. This farming village, in the popular Howardian Hills, overlooks the Vale of York.

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Spoonbills have bred in Yorkshire for the first time in 400 years.

Country Diary: Rare species of bird nests at Fairburn Ings

It’s “The Good Life”. Tucking into our home-grown potatoes and beautiful broad beans grown in containers in our car park. Enjoying Digby’s cucumber, and Paula’s rosy-red rhubarb, summer’s a time of sharing one’s produce, and awaiting vegetables in season. June’s day of torrential rain provided a much-needed boost to gardens.

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Flamborough. Picture: Ian Day

Walks: Flamborough’s impressive headland

Flamborough village is only about three miles north east of Bridlington and has always seemed to me like a second home. With its remains of a castle, a medieval fortified manor house and quaint pubs, it alone has much to offer. However, take the B1255 North Marine Road out of the village to seek Flamborough’s coastline and impressive headland.

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Twinberry honeysuckle

Country Diary: Unusual bush bore berries like beads

Poppies and corn seem inseparable – their scarlet and dusty-yellow colours denoting high summer. The Romans depicted their crop goddess Ceres, with a bunch of corn and poppies in one hand, and a lighted torch in the other. This year, the Wolds reveal an increase in field poppies, and along the verges of country lanes.

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Pictured the 199 steps that lead up to St Marys Church and Whitby Abbey.

Walks: See the Whitby of Old

Whitby is situated at the mouth of the River Esk, facing due north across the sea with open moorland in all other directions. Whitby has been a historic religious centre, a shipbuilding, whaling and fishing port, and is now a popular holiday resort.

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Echium vulgare known as Vipers Bugloss in full bloom.

Country Diary: Stem of plant resembles a serpent’s skin

It’s been an interesting week. It started with a phone call from Ian Robinson of Filey Dams’ fame, requesting we visit him regarding the possibility of Michael making a dozen nest boxes for the reserve. Having discussed details, we later called at Flixton Saw-Mill for a dozen lengths of 6ft treated pine. The salesmen were most friendly and efficient, and we were soon on our way.

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Hutton Buscel from the air.

Walks: Wykeham - Hutton Buscel

This lovely route is easy to follow, and is suitable for all ages. Having refreshment stops too is always an advantage.

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Elder is now in full bloom.

Country Diary: Rapid change in the countryside

With advancing days in June, the countryside responds to rapid climate changes. Gone are those ‘candles’ of blossom on the horsechestnut trees, now replaced by miniature conkers – many whipped from their anchorage during strong winds. Thousands of minute, spiny seed cases strewn the ground.

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Burton Fleming Weekly Walk Feature.
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Plenty to see on Wolds walk

Burton Fleming lies in a shallow dip of the Wolds about 7.5 miles north-north-west of Bridlington, and three miles north of Rudston. Standing beside the Gypsey Race, it has occasionally been flooded along streets close to the inn. Legend claims that the Gypsey Race only flows strongly when some disaster is imminent!

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Country Diary: Symbol of the British monarchy

Country Diary: Symbol of the British monarchy

With Michael’s ‘official’ retirement as gardener at Montrosa’s Residential Home in May, some changes were inevitable. Thankfully, all welcomed the suggestion we continue gardening in a voluntary capacity. We wasted no time in waving goodbye to spring’s floral attributes, and re-furbishing walls and trellis, alcoves and patio with Michael’s hanging baskets and displays for summertime.

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Fylingdales Moor at Jugger Howe

Your Day Out: Jugger Howe Nature Trail

Michael found a delightful leaflet, ‘Discover Moorland and Wildlife,’ in our local library. It is produced by the Hawk and Owl Trust, and I’m sure many will share our enthusiasm and enjoy the moorland trek.

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Time to try a tri: Top tips for beginner triathletes

Time to try a tri: Top tips for beginner triathletes

Triathlon: a word that strikes fear into couch potatoes everywhere. For many, the idea of swimming 1,500 metres, cycling 40k and running 10k back-to-back fills them with dread.

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The red lily beetle, has become more widespread in the UK over the last three decades.

Country Diary: The heat is on in late spring

Late spring has been remarkable for high temperatures. Our worker bees have been busy bees indeed. With fields of oilseed rape, orchards and hedgerows laden with blossom, and both wild and cultivated flowers to visit, there’s been a real honeyflow.

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Baneberry in flower.

Country Diary: Baneberry site visit was encouraging

‘After the sun, the rain, After the rain, the sun.’ Yes, this is the way of life since the world began, and thankfully no-one can change that! The countryside has resumed its freshness and multi-coloured shades of green. Wonderful!

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