“Any otter poo?” asked Craven farmer Philip Metcalfe, as
he fixed a fence by the side of the road earlier this month.
“No, but there was a white clawed crayfish and a bullhead,” replied Environment Agency officer Iain McDonell, who had wound down his car window to talk.
Continue reading “How the Environment Agency is working in the YD National Park, pt. 1”
At the moment it looks like a lot of wood, wire and green plastic, but in just a few years’ time this new hedgerow will become a ‘highway’ for the highly endangered – and super cute – hazel dormouse.
Continue reading “Dormouse ‘highways’ created in Wensleydale”
It started with a chance conversation with a workmate who commutes to our offices in Bainbridge from Sedbergh. Had I seen the young ash trees dying on the Garsdale road verges? I confessed I hadn’t.
A week or so later I was driving that way and my eyes were opened. It was true. All along the Garsdale road there were young ash trees in a bad state. It was mid-summer, but their branches were bare. Continue reading “So quick? The unstoppable spread of ash dieback disease”
My dreams of having a smallholding recently came true when my family took on a few acres of pasture near our home in the Yorkshire Dales. Long-term plans include hens, bee-keeping, an allotment, a couple of donkeys and maybe some pigs – but the thing I wanted to do straight away was plant some native trees and establish an orchard. Continue reading “Trees for the future”