Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bluebells at Broadoak

Duncan led a walk around Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s newest reserve at Broadoak Quarry yesterday. Most of the site is not yet accessible to the public but the path through the old woodland along the Mill Burn is a public footpath.  … Continue reading

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Squirrel at the feeder

A visit up to Kielder Water today allowed time for a quick trip to the woodland hide at Leaplish Waterside Park.  There were a huge number of siskin and chaffinch feeding on the range of feeders alongside smaller numbers of … Continue reading

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Goats and Gyle

A walk from the upper Coquet valley yesterday brought us back in time.  While the rowan trees and even oak may have been in leaf in West Cumbria the trees were far from leaf and the icy northerly wind brought … Continue reading

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Muncaster Fell

A walk over Muncaster Fell yesterday offered gloomy views to the hills of the Lake District and slightly better views out to the coast.  The fell is, as Wainwright describes, a mini mountain.  It’s only 271m high but it has … Continue reading

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Wild Ennerdale

The concept of ‘re-wilding’ at Ennerdale seems a slightly odd one. In most cases where the idea of allowing nature to take its course has been suggested it has been based on a semi-natural habitat; the aim has been a … Continue reading

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Oak before the Ash

If the trees are to be believed then it’s going to be a dry summer; at least in Ennerdale in West Cumbria.  In the words of the old adage: ‘The oak before the ash and we shall have a splash, … Continue reading

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