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1
Grouse chicks
I was out on patrol a couple of weeks ago on a rather blustery Saturday, and a hen grouse took off from right under my feet. Normally when they go up they call loudly, but this time the bird did the 'I have a broken wing' thing, so I guessed she ...
31-May-2012
23:50:00
2
It's that helicopter time of year again
The Moors For The Future project has been working since 2003 to repair the damage caused to the moorland of the Dark Peak, which I live on the edge of. Part of this work involves spreading heather brash over the areas of eroded peat, so as to provide a ...
28-Jan-2011
14:40:49
3
A busy day on the moors
I got a phone call from Fiona yesterday asking me if I'd help with some research work being done on Black Hill by the University of Manchester on behalf of Moors For The Future (MFTF). Beth is doing the research and she's using a spectrometer to measure ...
22-May-2010
22:38:00
4
Wrecks walk
On Thursday last week I got a phone call from John Owen, one of the other rangers, asking me if I'd like to help out on a guided walk. I'd agreed before he told me that I'd just let myself in for, a 24km trog round seven of the aircraft wrecks that ...
25-Apr-2006
08:56:28
5
Airborne muckspreader
A couple of weeks ago the Moors For the Future folks started up the heather brash spreading operations that I've helped out with before. The aim is to spread a thin layer of chopped up heather (brash) over the bare peat as part of the process of getting ...
05-Apr-2006
11:12:20
6
Jack Frost
I was out on Patrol today, and Peter was nagging me because I hadn't blogged anything in a long time, and he's right - nearly three months since my last post - oops! As for my wander today up Tintwistle Knarr and across to Arnfield Moor with Bob, I have ...
10-Dec-2005
09:52:09
7
Drystone walling
"All Derbyshire is full of steep hills and you see neither hedge nor tree but only low drye stone walls"Celia Fiennes - 1697 Today I got a chance to try my hand at something I've been wanting to have a go at for a long time - drystone walling. For ...
16-Sep-2005
10:12:16
8
Morons on the moors
Well, I've just been on what must be the most depressing patrol of my time as a Ranger. Not only did the weathermen get it completely wrong and I got completely soaked, but I had the disheartening task of recording the serious and systematic vandalism ...
26-Mar-2005
11:57:13
9
First t-shirt patrol of the year
Today was really rather warm - in the mid to upper teens (mid 60's fahrenheit for any colonials listening in), so rather than being bundled up like an Inuit I got to walk around in my t-shirt - it looks like spring is really here at last. Unfortunately ...
19-Mar-2005
07:12:37
10
Me and Andy Warhol
Well, it looks like I'm going to get my Andy Warhol moment - except in my case it's going to be four minutes instead of fifteen. My video diary is going to air on Countryfile on BBC 1 next Sunday. 11:30am, and I'm the top story on glossop.com who call ...
22-Feb-2005
12:05:14
11
Filming finished
Well I've finally finished the filming for my video diary for the BBC Countryfile programme, and the courier came today to take the camera and tapes down to BBC Birmingham. After two failed attempts (due to the weather) I finally got some footage of the ...
10-Feb-2005
08:16:11
12
Human donkey
As I posted earlier, I'm doing a video diary for BBC Countryfile, and as I've also posted the Moors For The Future project is also airlifting several thousand bags of heather onto Bleaklow as part of the effort to repair the damage to the peat, so it ...
06-Feb-2005
10:57:18
13
Me on the telly
About 18 months ago I got in touch with the BBC Countryfile programme with the aim of doing a video diary on the mountain hares on Bleaklow. As I hadn't heard back from them I assumed that nothing would come of it, but late last year they got in touch ...
04-Feb-2005
05:48:19
14
Helicopter in the hills
The Moors For The Future project are back on the job again, spreading cut heather on Bleaklow as part of the attempt to re-vegetate the eroded peat. I helped out with loading the lift bags last year, and this year I'm getting to help with the second ...
07-Jan-2005
10:45:49
15
Snow, Hare
A couple of weeks ago we had the first snow of the year - according to some pundits we are in for a cold winter this year. I was out on patrol that weekend, trying to finish my survey of the Bleaklow fence. Unfortunately the snow made it such slow ...
05-Dec-2004
04:31:01
16
The Countryside Rights Of Way Act isn't just about footpaths
I noticed this interesting item on the BBC news website. Seemingly the number of egg thefts from bird's nests is at an all-time low, and as the report says: There is no doubt that the sharp decrease in the number of nest robberies is because seven egg ...
12-Oct-2004
11:30:10
17
Labrador Tea
Yesterday I set about the second leg of the Bleaklow fence mapping. Bob and I drove to Crowden Station car park, then drove back to Torside visitor centre and left the other car there. There was a Endurance GB horse ride taking place, so the car park ...
10-Oct-2004
07:55:36
18
Following the fence
As part of the measures undertaken by the Moors for the Future project, English Nature have erected a fence around the most severely eroded part of the Bleaklow area. One of the jobs that Fiona, the full-time ranger has been asking for us to do it to ...
03-Oct-2004
09:46:39
19
Vandalism, repaired
I've dumped my photo album onto my laptop, and today, whilst I was waiting in the garage for my car to be fixed, I started to sort them out - the problem with digital cameras is that it's far easier to take photos than it is to keep track of them! I've ...
21-Sep-2004
11:57:50
20
Wildlife bonanza
I managed to haul myself out of the house yesterday, and after checking in at the briefing centre I drove up Longdendale, parked at the Blacks and headed up just to the east of Far Black Clough. Much to my surprise I saw a pair of Lapwings on the moor - ...
28-Mar-2004
10:26:40