Photo Blog Week 32 - Wed 30 July 2014
I set off on my patrol in just my shirt but by the time I got to the Moor I had to put my tee shirt on underneath. After a dull slightly drizzly morning, the weather changed completely at lunchtime and I was melting by 2 o'clock.
Today I concentrated on some of the woodland areas and also, as the park was busy, spent a lot of time zig zagging around picnic areas and car parks litter picking. The result was lower actual mileage than normal for 5 hours.
I cleared two recent fire pits, the first one leading to a degree of pain. Shifting cinders and dumping them into a hole by a log, I thought a tall stem had caught me but after brushing it away saw the wasp sting with sack still attached in my arm. I managed to knock it out without squeezing much further poison but it still started to hurt! I carried on working then within seconds was stung again on the arm and on the hand. Looking down, the little blighters were swarming out under where I was working. Obviously I had disturbed a wasps nest. I had nothing with me so just poured cold drinking water over them and carried on. When I arrived at the Moor 20 Min's later, I have never enjoyed a cooling breeze so much. Still burning a little now as I type some 10 hours later.
The second pit had tops of aerosols lying around which denies any claims of 'responsible' behaviour.
Fires are not allowed anywhere in the Park and BBQ's only in the marked old quarry areas near The Knott car park.
route: The Stables; East Lodge drive; Caters Slack; Lantern Wood; The Lantern
route: The Lantern; Lantern Wood East Deer Leap; Lantern Wood West to top and Park Moor; High View Point; Bowstonegate Fm entrance.
route: Bowstonegate Fm entrance; Knightslow Wood gate; east along bottom of Moor; Knightslow Wood; top of Lyme Avenue
KestrelUPDATE: If you have returned to this post, I had labelled this previously as a 'Buzzard' but with the following rider, "I think this is a Buzzard but if you know better please leave a comment.".
Ken the Waller has since advised me that it is a Kestrel hovering over the Moor.
My puzzlement at the lack of the orange/brown colouring could be that while the adults are feeding their young, they become dull with damaged feathers and under nourishment of them selves. This can result in them appearing dull and 'washed out'. (Thanks Ken)
Moor HerdThe Moor Herd are usually difficult to spot but they are out there. These three shots go from my camera's maximum zoom out to real view.
Fallow DeerThe Fallow Deer male and female are Bucks and Does and the young, Fawns.
Separate from the Red Deer herds of the Park and the Moor, the Fallow Deer are a Mediterranean species and much smaller. Their enclosure is closed off in the winter, partly to let grasses recover from the public footfall but also to de-stress the deer who are not at home with cold winter temperatures. Their feed in winter is largely corn supplemented with vitamins and minerals.