'Ryevitalise' on the River Rye

Rye River at Nunnington Hall

The Rye’s lush valleys and clear waters have been prized for millennia for their beauty, rich wildlife and tranquillity. Attracting monks to Rievaulx and described by Turner as a ‘picturesque view’. The Rye provides romantic settings for grand landscapes at Duncombe Park, and us at Nunnington Hall, but its beauty, health and natural diversity has been at risk throughout its life.

Spreading the word 
The World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) is a one day global celebration to spread awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish, and it is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation. On this special day, organisations from around the world will provide open opportunities through a range of activities for people to get involved, offer support and find out more about such an important scheme. Many migratory fish species are severely threatened. The main causes are man-made obstacles like dams, weirs and sluices, which disrupt the natural flow of rivers and prevent fish migration. Many fish need to migrate to reproduce, feed and complete their life cycles. Migratory fish make up a crucial link in the food chain and plays an important role in healthy and productive river systems. Furthermore they provide an important food supply and livelihood for millions of people around the world.

Play your part and get involved at Nunnington Hall!
Saturday 21 April, 10.30am – 4pm
Spend the day on the bank of the River Rye, in the picturesque grounds of Nunnington Hall. Prized for hundreds of years for its beauty and even diverted to curl around the hall, yet its most important virtue is by far the wildlife it creates and supports. Throughout the day we’ll be joined by knowledgeable local organisations including the ‘Ryevitalise’ team from the North York Moors National Park, East Yorkshire River Trust, the Angling Trust and local wildlife enthusiasts. 

Throughout the day you can ‘get to know your river’ with live river bed sampling and identification, learn about the migration of some of our amazing fish species that make the Rye their home, have a go at fly fishing on the lawn led by local anglers in our ‘catch of the day’ and join one of our popular mayfly or river life talks. As ever, there are plenty of crafts, garden trails and games to keep the kids entertained. 

In honour of this special occasion, entry to Nunnington Hall will be free to all visitors.

Discover river life in the Rye
Young buy looking at what is in the river rye
Discover river life in the Rye

What is ‘Ryevitalise’?
The River Rye and its tributaries rise on the moorland of the North York Moors, flowing through fast and clear upland becks that carve out steep sided dales until the land flattens and the river slows and broadens taking on the character of the undulating Howardian Hills and the flat lowlands of the Vale of Pickering. The Ryevitalise Landscape Partnership Scheme under development will help appreciate and enhance the Rye’s verdant landscape and clear waters which have been prized for millennia for their beauty and tranquillity resulting in a more natural, better functioning and better understood landscape.

Once a lifeblood for communities, providing water and power, our connection to the river is being lost. ‘Ryevitalise’ is a £2.8 million Landscape Partnership Scheme currently in development, which, if successful at stage-two application, will deliver a four-year programme from spring 2019. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority and partners, and inspired by local communities, the project will revitalise the Rye’s natural and cultural heritage, reconnecting people to the river and supporting the regeneration of the landscape through an exciting mix of projects. 

Examples of specific areas of interest include:
•Identifying priority high-value habitats for restoration and expansion, combating invasive species and creating habitat corridors that allow wildlife to roam without obstacle.
•Developing a deeper understanding of our rare and important species, such as the Alcathoe bat and the white-clawed crayfish.
•Restoring the Rye’s ancient woodland.
•Improving water quality by supporting work to reduce pollution.
•Providing a diverse range of community engagement and education initiatives, including a Ryevitalise Ranger initiative and the opportunity to take part in ‘citizen science’ research projects.

The stage-two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is currently under development, and is due to be submitted in October 2018. The team look forward to meeting with and talking to as many people as possible, ensuring the project incorporates a vast wealth of local knowledge and ideas.