Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Snow progress

We have now finished all the roadside tree work that was necessary after the heavy snowfall. The worst offenders were next to the B4371 near Longville in the Dale.
It wasn't much fun for the climber going up the trees as he was continually getting covered in snow, for the rest of us it was quite a pleasant day!

We have now moved into the wood and begun clearing the footpaths and bridleways, this may take a while as there are plenty of them and they are all covered in Ivy, this extra weight plus the snow is why they have fallen.
Wondering where to start!

The Lime Kiln walk from Presthope Car Park is now clear of fallen trees, we will do the Lea Quarry walk tomorrow as well as the Jenny Wind walk.

Deep drifts along the top of Lea Quarry, its higher than the fence in places.


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Spring is here!

We have just spent 2 days cutting trees up that have fallen onto roads along Wenlock Edge, weighed down by snow. There has been about a foot of very wet, heavy snow that has fallen through Friday and into Saturday. Most of the problems were caused by small Hazel stems bending over into the roads but some larger trees shed limbs or just snapped. We always check the roads in the morning after severe weather, this normally takes less than an hour. Today i left the house at 7am just to check the roads and walked back into the house at 4pm, cold work but satisfying all the same.
The beautiful scene at Wilderhope Manor

Heavily laden Western Hemlock trees in Northway wood.
 Drifting snow also caused some problems near the Wenlock Edge Inn, this was taken after the heavy machinery had cleared most of the road! First thing this morning the road was blocked and a couple of vehicles were abandoned overnight, one lady slept in her truck!

We also pulled and pushed some cars up hills. The road is now passable but still white over as the snow continues to drift across.
If you are out and about either travelling by car or walking in the woods take care, if you happen to be in the National Trust woods on the edge and find a tree down please let me know at chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk i haven't got that far yet but will hopefully find and deal with most of them by the end of the week.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Dawn Chorus

On Saturday the 27th April i will be walking around the woods of Wenlock Edge with Martin George a local bird expert from CJ's WildBird food at 6am! We will be listening to the wonderful dawn chorus and identifying a wide range of common woodland birds and migratory species too. If hearing the dawn chorus is something that you have always fancied doing, something that you have done before and would like to do again or you just have sleep issues, why not join us?
The walk will last for about 2 hours and will visit a number of different habitats, there will be plenty of stops along the way as we discover the difference between the song of a Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush or a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap.
The cost of the walk is £5 per person or £10 if you would like to join us for a cooked breakfast at a local hostelry.
To book either e-mail chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 07948072075