I have been out and about quite a lot this month. It’s been mainly cloudy and dry with temperatures ranging between 7°C and 0°C.
Black Down has been really quiet, I met three people on the two days I have been out undertaking my duties. The paths are still not in the best conditions to walk with the recent rain and general wetness that has been lingering. I met a walk leader for U3A (University of the 3rd Age) at Blackmoor in the month and he too was struggling with his following group especially going towards Rowberrow!
Blackmoor was slightly busier, and paths easier to walk. One morning I met two falconers exercising Harris Hawks, a male and young female, the idea was they let them go and the birds came back to a call and the reward of some food. I also learned that the phrase ‘to be fed up’ is a falconry term and it means that the bird is quite well fed and will not come out of their tree and the lure of food!
Litter not too bad apart from the pull in on the left going down into Burrington Combe. Why, please, did I have to pick up plastic bags containing potatoes, boxes of cauliflowers and a plastic bag of glass lager bottles? I think I can understand the booze rather more easily than the veg!!
Two good days with Owen’s volunteer team, we cleared the path that runs from the Deer Leap car park parallel to the road, which needs walking now (please feel free to help us), and yet more hedge-laying at Barton Camp. I really got into it this time, though it is hard work but the reward can be seen before your eyes!
We were sad to hear Owen is moving on but it is a good opportunity for him and we all agreed that we had all enjoyed working with him, and we wish him well in the future.