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Ryevitalise Project

Riverfly training day at The Moors CentreRiverfly training day at The Moors Centre


'Ryevitalise' is a £3.4 million Landscape Partnership Scheme supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority and partners, and inspired by local communities.

The four year scheme will focus on three main themes:

  • Water Quality and Environment - working with land managers to improve the aquatic habitat of the Rye, and the rare and threatened species that the river and wider landscape supports;
  • Water Level Management - harnessing natural flood processes to create a more naturally functioning river; and
  • Reconnecting People - improving understanding of the river landscape by telling the story of its evolution and encouraging people to protect their heritage, promoting volunteering opportunities.

Find out what it's all about.

We've already run a number of successful Ryevitalise volunteering projects. Outcomes have included:

LiDAR Landscapes

22 volunteers overall have taken part in this project, recording 167 days’ worth of volunteering, analysing 153 km of LiDAR squares. Our consultant has highlighted three sites of interest; a Neolithic long barrow, potential Roman farm stead and extensive bronze age field cairns. We will now begin the process of investigating these further through field walk over surveys, with existing LiDAR volunteers taking the lead on the investigations.

Rye Reflections Oral Histories Recorder

5 volunteers have taken part in this project, recording 30 oral histories using everything from Zoom, phone calls and socially distance interviews in participants own back gardens! These histories are now being used in the classroom at Ryedale School. All English classes in year 8 are using these as inspiration to create their own creative writing of their experiences living and playing in the local area.

If you'd like to be a part of this, read on!

Ryevitalise Volunteering Opportunities

We have a whole range of opportunities available for reliable volunteers with a passion for nature and being outdoors. To find out more about any of these, please contact the Volunteering Team. Please note we are particularly interested in hearing from you if you'd like to be an ancient/veteran tree surveyor.

Tree SurveyorAncient/Veteran Tree Surveyors 
We are looking for volunteers to identify and assess the health of ancient and veteran trees in the Ryevitalise area, in order to identify potential threats and ensure appropriate management is undertaken, before these trees and their associated value are lost. Tasks will include travelling to specific sites to carry out field-based assessments, documenting and reporting your findings and analysing data.

Bat Surveyor - Long-eared bat by John AltringhamBat Surveyors
Are you keen to find out more about our resident bat species? Our volunteer surveyors will identify and record bat species and their interactions with the landscape. You will be assessing and analysing acoustic data from remote bat detectors and gaining first-hand experience in bat identification and woodland management.

Education VolunteerEducation Volunteer
Volunteers will help to deliver activities for young people and families as part of the Ryevitalise 'Upstream Downstream' education programme. You will be assisting with a range of different educational activities, including practical sessions such as river investigations and bug hunts. Please note that a DBS check will be required for this post.

Events volunteerEvents Volunteer
Are you positive and enthusiastic? Would you like to help with our Ryevitalise events? We are looking for volunteers to help will all aspects of our events and activities provision. This could include: traffic management, meet and greet, setting up, practical activities such as bug hunts and public engagement. You can pick just one of these aspects or work towards being involved in all of them - we will support and develop you where necessary. Please note that a DBS check may be required for this post.

River RangersRiver Rangers

The Ryevitalise team is looking for skilled and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our River Rangers programme, which aims to reconnect young people with their river! The main aims of the project are to provide opportunities for young people aged 11-17 to take part in activities such as angling, Riverfly monitoring and practical conservation tasks. Volunteers will be required to assist with river survey days, practical tasks and angling days. You’ll ideally have a passion and knowledge of river ecology or angling, but all training will be given! Please note that a DBS check will be required for this post.