Photographer's Note

County: North Yorkshire
Site Name: Hayburn Wyke
Status: Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981
Local Planning Authority: North York Moors National Park, (Scarborough Borough Council)
Area: 21.0 (ha) 51.9 (ac)
First Notified: 1958 (Under Section 23 of the National Parks and Countryside Act, 1949)
Date of Revision: 1984


Hayburn Wyke is a delightful and secluded bay 6 miles north of Scarborough. The surrounding woodland is protected as a nature reserve and managed by the National Trust and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Hayburn Wyke is a spectacular hidden place of beauty 6 miles north of Scarborough. It became a particularly popular picnic spot in Victorian days with the coming of the Whitby to Scarborough railway line. Nowadays, apart from when visited by walkers, it is relatively quiet.

Deciduous woodland covers the slopes above the cliff shelf and extends some way up Hayburn Wyke Beck, merging into a mixed broad-leaved and conifer woodland. The canopy is dominated by oak (both Quercus petraea and Q. robur) with ash, sycamore, birch and elm. There are several standards of large-leaved lime. The understorey of shrubs includes hazel, holly and goat willow, and there is a rich ground flora with sanicle, opposite-leaved golden saxifrage, wood millet, male fern, lady fern and hart’s tongue fern.

The damp conditions favour mosses and liverworts. To the north of Hayburn Wyke and to the south of Little Cliff, the wood gives way to willow scrub, with a ground flora of great horsetail and hemp agrimony.

Herbs of note at this site include the introduced elecampane and grass of Parnassus. In places the unstable clay and shale is bare of vegetation or is colonised by species such as colt’s-foot.

Birds known to breed include chiffchaff, willow warbler, pied flycatcher, redstart and blackcap.

While walking through this most beautiful woodland yesterday, it reminded me of willows, fairies, all those mysterious Victorian and other creatures found in fairytales… it also reminded me of my dearest friend Heidi whom I wished to have walking beside me and to whom I dedicate this photo.

mumek, Tue, alvaraalto, singuanti, wilkinsonsg, cam, cmartos, touristdidi, premels, HD462 oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne

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