Ranger News February 2012

Thursday 1st March 2012

I have been asked by Andy to write a short report each month for the newsletter. I started volunteering about May last year so this is my first winter. It is interesting to see the same places change throughout the seasons and I have really enjoyed going up onto the Mendips regularly.
It has been quite cold recently, I was surprised how muddy and worn the paths were after Christmas, especially at Burrington Ham and Black Down, and although the Burrington Ham paths are getting back to normal, the paths on Black Down are still very treacherous, especially the footpaths leading to the trig point. Three of us did a stint one Sunday morning to talk to cyclists about the status of the footpaths, most took time to talk to us and many said that the signage was not good enough, others blamed the wild ponies and another said it was pesky walkers causing all the erosion! There was a consensus about the state of the paths from walkers and cyclists, how to make it better was where the discussions became interesting.

Spring is beginning to appear, primroses in the dell by bridle path at Deer Leap; very low snowdrops in Blackmoor Reserve; a low, hazy February sun at Deer Leap. Coffee and cake on the limestone pavement at Burrington makes all the slipping and sliding worthwhile!

22nd February 2012