Firehills Walk

Well, it’s now four weeks since we were informed of the massive reduction in our Conservation Days and still no indication of any future dates except that they may be on any day of the week. If we get any further news it will be posted here.

In an effort to maintain the social side which is all part and parcel of volunteering we have started to meet up for walks on a Thursday when people are available. We started last week with a foray into Ecclesbourne Glen, Sam, Stephen and myself and today Phil, Stephen and myself walked around the Firehills, taking in the Plantation, Hibernaculum (Phase 2 access for all trail) and the Quarry. We came across this very faded Oak Hook-tip moth on one of the areas cleared of gorse.

Oak_hook-tipAs we left the Hibernaculum for the Quarry we saw the Country Park’s new acquisition of five Belted Galloway cattle with an Exmoor pony looking on. One of my neighbours remembers Belted Galloways grazing Warren Glen when he worked on Fairlight Place farm as a youngster. At the moment however these cattle and the ponies seem to be favouring the two heathland compartments south of the Quarry.

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