Saturday, 8 March 2014
In the valley there are several memorial trees that have been planted in memory of people. These often require care, so Isabel and John Worrel visited the ones heading up the valley towards Dr Motts road. Some needed guards replacing, some need new stakes, while some have grown enough that they no longer need protecting from hungry sheep.
Full Time Volunteers Isabel and Richard went out with volunteer John Worrell to tidy up the Education Woodland. A few trees have come down, and it needs to be safe for when the school groups start using it again.
Using the pole saw, they took off a limb that was hanging over the fence.
Then it was a steep climb to the top of the woods were a large tree had fallen, and gotten hooked on several other trees.
It took a long while to safely take down the tree, but now the woodland is ready for students to explore again!
Its heading towards Spring! Around this time of year we start seeing frog and toad spawn in our ponds, which means one thing: tadpoles! Sadly last year there were very few tadpoles and almost no frogs or toads. This is because lots of people took frog spawn.
So, this year, please leave our frog spawn where it is, so everyone can enjoy it!
And if you're by the ponds, keep an eye out for herons, there's been evidence of them having a frog spawn snack!
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Determined to catch up with the schedule, Dave, Nick, Darren and Isabel were south of Minton today to burn gorse. Gorse normally burns a lot better than heather, so they were confident they'd be able to make an impact. Sadly it was not to be: the wet weather triumphed once again with the gorse being too wet to burn. No burning can be done after the end of March due to ground nesting birds, so we are desperate to get it done soon, but its looking unlikely at the moment.
The large tree trunk by the bird hide had fallen in the stream! This trunk had pieces of metal in it, so was too heavy for rangers to easily lift out of the stream. Thankfully the lorry driver who delivered the logs used his crane to lift it out of the stream. It will later be moved to Batch Valley.
Another delivery of logs has arrived! This 25 tonne load should last us until summer.
They were carefully lifted off the truck and put in the top car park.
Next week will begin the task of cutting and splitting, then stacking in the barn. The top car park may be closed so please look out for the car park closed sign.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Ranger Nick Robinson went with volunteer John Worrell and Josh, who was here for work experience, to Hopesay to chop up a fallen tree that was lying across the path. Most of the damage caused by the storms has now been dealt with, but if you do see anything we missed let us know!
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Assistant ranger Nick and voluntary rangers Rich and Will made an attempt at burning heather today, as we have not had such dry weather in a long time! Sadly it did not take, as it was still that little bit too damp. Hopefully more days of sunshine are headed our way, so another attempt may be made in the near future.
Monday, 17 February 2014
If you need something to keep the kids (or yourself) occupied this half term, why not pop to the valley for some kite making? This activity is great fun for all ages. Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm, £2 per kite.
Isabel had great fun with hers!