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.
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weswang (18223) 2005-03-14 16:26
Wow, this one looks like a black hole. With tree leaves on the lower right and brances on the upper left, the contrast is clear and strong. Nice photo.
Tue (27696) 2005-03-14 18:10
Great shot with fantastic colours and lights! I like the composition too! Very special atmosphere, very good! :-D
alvaraalto (6177) 2005-03-14 18:24
This must be a forest from a fairy tail.
I don’t know which one, can you tell us?
I think tomorrow you post a picture with the elf or little snow white.
singuanti (15250) 2005-03-14 20:54
Wow, some lighting you have here. The lighting brings out the colors and textures here in such a gentle way it is truly spectacular. For a place called Magic Wood, it certainly looks like a magical place here in this light. Well done!
greg64g (11193) 2005-03-15 3:25
I really like the mood of the picture. as a diffuse effect !
see you later for points.
mumek (20202) 2005-03-15 5:33
For me Robert, this scenery looks like a magic forest, really strange and a magical place. The trees are very mysterius. And if you listen closely, the wind whispers secrets in your ear. It is a wonderful place to have an adventure! But make sure you stay on the Magic Path because if you don’t, who knows what may happen!
Very, very beautiful shot. Heidi should be proud of you. The note, as usual, very informative
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-03-15 9:11
great work, I like the dram like photo, very good image indeed, I like the natural curves in the trees, very nice, well done
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2005-03-15 10:23
Magic indeed, the soft focus and colours add mystery to this shot - very atmospheric indeed :)
cam (9041) 2005-03-15 21:37
Very beautiful picture Robert.it looks so inviting and confortable.Very clear even under those trees and bushes.Good details.One of these days ,You will meet me in one of your beautiful path.
manny (21833) 2005-03-16 10:19
Whatever post-processing you did here is really a-class. Very very well-done. I laso like the color tones and the natural framing done by the tree.
cmartos (242) 2005-03-16 18:57
Hi Robi, a superb and perfect dedicace. Fairytale mood, very well rendered. Your PP here is simply perfect, matching your note, matchin your thoughts. Nice framing, wonderful compo with this path and that natural arch...all is perfect here, so special, I just put this one in my very few favorites. Thanks for sharing!
premels (2400) 2005-03-19 6:16
The picture was difficult to read on the thumbnail and looked too dark, too bushy. Opening it is a revelation. The arch made by that twisted trunk and the bony branches above it are spectacular and give the picture a strong structure. This path leads to a dragons lair no doubt.
Nina (4965) 2005-03-19 18:09
Nice one Robi, your post processing makes it look like a fairytale indeed!
SSlade (8) 2006-04-07 9:26
From what I understand about the goals of a shot like this is to create a feeling of wonder and curiosity. This picture executes this perfectly. I wanted nothing more than to walk into the picture and continue down the path.
Well done and thanks for sharing this wonderful place with us.
- Copyright: Rob Janovski (robiuk) (10807)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-13
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Microdrive CF+ 2.2GB, Hoya UV(0), pitch: 0.75
- Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Woods & Forests, Places that inspire a story... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-03-14 14:45
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