Another busy couple of weeks at work!
First off, I have recently set-up a new blog through work – A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RANGER. The aim of this blog is to give an insight into the day to day efforts of the National Trust’s North York Moors, Coast & Durham properties Ranger Team. This, for now, is predominantly full of content that I have taken from this blog under the Work Diaries category. However, I have managed to get my fellow colleagues on board who are going to be updating the new blog with their own diaries. Eventually. For anyone interested, you can find it HERE.
I have also had my head deep in the realms of social media too. This has involved setting up Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, Flickr photostreams and YouTube channels for the National Trust. Exciting, yet challenging and time consuming. Again, for anyone interested, the relevant pages can be found on the Links page above.
Anyway, I have actually been out in the field too!
I spent a day at Roseberry Topping recently helping to put up Owl boxes. CLICK HERE for a more detailed post on this on the A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RANGER blog.
I have been spending more time removing/burning European Gorse at Beacon Hill on the Durham Coast. We are inching closer and closer to our target!
I have also been involved in some woodland thinning at one of our National Trust properties.
Thinning takes place periodically. The purpose is to selectively remove poor specimen trees and non-native species such as Sycamore, to give more space and light to native species – in this case Ash, Oak and Yew, and to also encourage other flora and fauna to flourish.
During this process I got to fell my first tree with a chainsaw, which was slightly scary at first but great fun and… rather exhilarating!
I have also been given a project to continue a set of log steps, which I began earlier this week. I have been recycling some of the logs we cut down through the thinning work to make these. Reducing my carbon-footprint!
Within Penshaw Wood, we have hit a significant milestone recently at work in removing the last of the Rhododendron, which previously dominated much of the wood. CLICK HERE for the ‘Rhododendron – The Last Chapter’ post I did on the A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RANGER blog.
Unfortunately, I have to end the post on a particularly gloomy note. Last week during one of our routine checks of a National Trust site we came across three dead foxes – a vixen, dog and cub, which had been shot and left to rot by the side of a road on top of a pile of rubbish. Seeing these beautiful creatures in such a state was awful. It is upsetting to think people would do this, and especially to a family of wild creatures. We’ve all got our own opinions on the topic of fox hunting, some see it as a sport, others see it as a necessary part of countryside management but I feel this act was needless, heartless and very very sad…