Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bakethin, the quieter part of Kielder

Visitors to Kielder Water would be excused for not realising that the upper part of the lake is, in-fact, Bakethin Reservoir.  There is a weir between the two bodies of water meaning that the levels in Bakethin rarely drop even … Continue reading

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Avens; Wood and Water

Two common plants of spring are water and wood avens. Wood avens (Geum urbanum) likes damp shaded places which includes woodlands but it is also common along hedges; it also goes by the name of herb bennet.  Water avens (Geum … Continue reading

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Bell Crag Flow

Bell Crag Flow is one of the 58 or so bogs that make up the Border Mires on the Northumberland and Cumbria border.  They lie scattered around the southern part of Kielder Forest and many have recently seen a huge … Continue reading

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Low Bleakhope, sheep and lambs

Low Bleakhope, as the name suggests, is a remote Northumberland hill farm.  The reason we were there today was because Flexigraze buys some of its lambs from there; these are used for conservation grazing and then get sold as mature … Continue reading

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Large Red Damsels

Damselflies may be the smaller cousins of dragonflies but they are still wonderful fliers.  There seem to have been relatively few damselflies around so far this year despite an early warm spring.  Today, however, tens of large red damselflies were … Continue reading

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Balloons and Seas

Yesterday saw a charity balloon release at our local fair.  Hundreds of balloons ascended into the air on a journey eastwards.  The idea, of course, is that they are found and returned and the furthest travelled win prizes.  The down … Continue reading

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Damming on the Carr

While Sally travelled south to the New Forest for a Society of National Park Staff event Duncan was hard at work closer to home.  Prestwick Carr is a peatland site of national importance on the edge of Newcastle upon Tyne.  … Continue reading

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