Monthly Archives: July 2013

Emerging from the depths

For over 130 years there has been a reservoir tucked away near Baystone Bank Farm in the Whicham Valley.  30 years ago it seemed to be a rather cold looking place, seen on Sunday afternoon walks.  It was a relatively … Continue reading

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A bath by the Tyne

Chesters Roman Fort is one of the most popular Roman sites to visit along Hadrian’s Wall but being local it’s years since my last visit.  There’s plenty written on the archaeology of the site so there’s no point repeating any … Continue reading

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A tiny orchid

Today was a chance to have a look around Holystone Burn, near Rothbury, with a group of expert botanists.  This site is well-known for its junipers and is probably the best site in Northumberland for bog myrtle but it’s been … Continue reading

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A day down South

Everywhere in England is south of Northumberland and South Yorkshire does seem to be a substantial drive in that direction.  The day was a trip to a couple of country parks in the Barnsley area to share ideas and best … Continue reading

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In a flush

A flush is a wet area of ground where water seeps down a slope making a wet area that barely ever dries out.  As the water is generally seeping out from the ground it can be reasonably rich in minerals … Continue reading

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Bilberry on the bog

It may not look that exciting but it was my ‘plant of the year’ so far; bog bilberry is a very close relative of the normal and pretty common bilberry but it’s a lot rarer.  Bog bilberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) is … Continue reading

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