Ranger News March 2012

Thursday 29th March 2012

Spring is here! March seems to have come in like a lamb, will it be out like a lion, or stay lamb like?

There are profusions of primroses and lesser celandine on banks, bright green buds are also beginning to appear. It is amazing how in a few weeks the paths have dried out, though still big stretches of water on Black Down. One of the volunteer tasks this month was digging drainage channels into a ditch, it was very satisfying to watch most of the muddy water drain away.

It has been quite quiet out on the hills this month, I haven’t seen the ponies on Black Down but there are quite a lot of cattle grazing up there, and of course, the goats clinging to the side of the rocks on Burrington Coombe.

The March volunteers’ meeting was an astronomy evening with Chris Sperring in the observatory at Charterhouse. I was looking forward to good views of Jupiter and Venus in the telescope but it was too cloudy, however we had close looks at the gibbous moon with the terminator and lots of craters, and Chris’s enthusiasm kept us interested and engaged.

March 2012