Nature

Seaton Ross is situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  The village is surrounded by fields and many residents have large gardens which are perfect for the local wildlife.

 - The Nature Plot

The village wildlife plot is located on Mill Lane and is available for anyone to use.  

Relax on one of the benches, admire the flowers and try and identify the animals that visit the plot. 

- Spotted (or is that lesser-spotted?)

Various animals live and visit the village and surrounding fields. Have you seen and identified something?  Then let us know and we can add the details (and any photographs) to the list of sightings below.

Need help with identification?

- Nature Notes

This is a regular column about our Seaton Ross nature, written by Gill Reid. 

"I live in West End and spend a lot of my time in the natural world.  I hope you find it interesting and informative. Any comments,questions etc are very welcome!"

November 2017

"Autumn is here but it has been a mild start.  Red Admiral butterflies were still flying in the first week of November. Usually we would have had a frost to cool things down a touch. Red Admirals can over winter as adults in leaf litter and wee holes, but they generally only survive in milder winters, more commonly in southern Britain. They are mainly migrant butterflies coming from Central Europe. The leaves seem to be taking a long time to fall this year, in fact some still changing colour.  The grass is only just slowing down its growth.

My garden has a lot of blackbirds in it, many of these will be migrants coming in across the North Sea from Scandinavia. They come in with other thrushes, Redwings, Fieldfares and song thrushes.  I have been at Spurn and Flamborough recently and seem many working their way inland along the hedges. These birds feed on berries, cotoneaster, rowan and hawthorn, which are essential for them! Please remember this when cutting hedges!!  They are also partial to fallen apples, so please leave them too!

My bird feeders are now being emptied daily by goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, also the tits, great, blue and coal tits.  Dunnocks sweep the floor of fallen seed as do wood pigeons. A lot of birds depend on the food we provide for them, you could be rewarded by the sight of more rare birds such as a Brambling or Siskin!

I have Tawny Owls in my garden, they are starting to settle down now, not so much noise, as they have seen off this year's young, so my pair will be on territory for next year.

Pink-feet Geese can be heard  going over Seaton Ross, the other day I was in the wolds watching 5000 or more feeding in a stubble field, such a splendid sight and noise, it was like being in the north of Scotland!"

Gill Reid

- Sightings by residents

Dave Raffaelli, Ashlands, October 2017

"Here is a list of the birds I’ve noted over the years whilst walking our dogs around Seaton Ross.

Our usual route is one which will be familiar to many: from our house near the church, down Carr Lane, turn right at the bottom to the large oak tree, right again along the headland to the stile, then right again to the Hollies and the church, a modest distance of 1.8 km.  But at two walks a day for 16 years, that amounts to around 20,000 km!

I’m sure the list isn’t complete and that many of you will have seen other species.  Friends have seen, a Great Grey Shrike (on telegraph wires) and a Kingfisher (at the Tow Pits), and I was once asked to remove a Wryneck from a fruit cage near the Hollies!

So, keep your eyes peeled, you never know what might turn up."

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Mute Swan

Greylag Goose

Canada Goose

Mallard

Red Kite

Sparrowhawk

Buzzard

Peregrine

Kestrel

Pheasant

Partridge

Red-legged partridge

Moorhen

Oystercatcher

Golden Plover

Lapwing

Curlew

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Common Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Collard Dove

Cuckoo

Barn Owl

Little Owl

Tawny Owl

Swift

Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Skylark

Swallow

House Martin

Pied Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Hedgesparrow

Whitethroat

Blackcap

Willow Warbler

Chiffchaff

Goldcrest

Wheatear

Robin

Blackbird

Fieldfare

Redwing

Song Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Long-tailed Tit

Coal Tit

Great Tit

Blue Tit

Marsh Tit

Treecreeper

Wren

Corn Bunting

Yellowhammer

Reed Bunting

Brambling

Chaffinch

Goldfinch

Siskin

Bullfinch

Greenfinch

Redpoll

Linnet

Tree Sparrow

House Sparrow

Starling

Jay

Magpie

Rook

Carrion Crow

Jackdaw

- Sightings by residents

Cath (website editor) garden located near the centre of the Village.

"We have lived in Seaton Ross since 2005, having moved into a house with just a bare patch of soil and lots of uneven scrubby grass.  Over the years we have created a garden designed to attract wildlife -  from insects and birds, visiting mammals and now 'weird things' in the quite new wildlife pond.

We have been continuously feeding the birds for many years and as a result we have had 33 different species visit our garden!  Other memorable sightings in the garden include watching damselflies catching flying ants mid-flight and being 'ran over' by a hedgehog late one night when I was trying to take a photograph of the moon.

Below is a list of wildlife we have seen in our garden, or very close by (within about 1/2 mile).  The photographs were taken by me in the garden."

Mammals
  • Brown rat
  • Field Vole
  • Fox
  • Grey squirrel
  • Hares
  • Hedgehog
  • Mice (probably Wood mice)
  • Rabbits
  • Roe deer
  • Stoat
Insects
  • Bees (various species)
  • Damson flies
  • Dragonflies
Birds
  • Barn Owl
  • Blackbird
  • Blue Tit
  • Bull Finch
  • Buzzard
  • Chaffinch
  • Chiff Chaff
  • Coal Tit
  • Collared Dove
  • Cuckoo (heard but not seen)
  • Dunnock
  • Field Fare
  • Goldcrest
  • Gold Finch
  • Great Tit
  • Green Woodpecker
  • Green Finch
  • Grey Heron
  • Jackdaw
  • Jay
  • Kestrel
  • Greater-Spotted Woodpecker
  • Long-Tailed Tit
  • Magpie
  • Marsh Tit
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Moor Hen
  • Partridge
  • Pheasant
  • Red Kite
  • Rock Dove
  • Robin
  • Rook
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Swift
  • Tawny Owl
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Willow Warbler
  • Woodpigeon
  • Wren
  • Yellow Hammer
Butterflies
  • 'Cabbage Whites' (not able to identify individual species)
  • Large Tortoiseshell
  • Peacock
  • Red Admiral
  • Ringlet
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Speckled Wood
Amphibians
  • Common toad
  • Frogs (not sure of species)
  • Great Crested newts
  • Smooth newts