News from Jessie Binns for February 2014

  • Whiteless breast

    16:57 21 February 2014
    By Maurice Pankhurst, Mark Astley, Jack Deane, Paul Delaney, Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson, Jessie Binns, Geoff Medd, Joe Cornforth


    Buttermere is one of the few places left in the North Lakes with some grassy untouched paths. pre-emptive work can help keep the paths natural.


    "Pidgeon holes" a line of circular bare patches can occur on grassy slopes when a large numbers of walkers follow the same line up a hill. 



    Although these foot holes make the hill easier to climb, they quickly join together into a groove that water runs down creating a gully.


    The holes can be easily repaired using seed, turf and cloche netting  (a willow frame covered with chicken wire) that is used to protect the area while it regenerates.

                     
       The willow is locally sourced from a basket weaver, Phil Bradley.
       All the work was done by Fix The Fells volunteers supervised by a National Trust ranger.


    How it looked with the closhe removed and after the local sheep had grazed it
                       
                          When we removed the netting the local herdwick sheep had a field day. 




News from Jessie Binns

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I've worked for the National Trust since 2002 and I moved up to the Lake District to take up a job in Buttermere and Ennerdale in 2008.
I'd always enjoyed fellwalking holidays but what's really struck me since I came to the Lakes are the amazing stories buried beneath the surface of the landscape.
I feel privileged to work alongside our knowledgable rangers. Whenever I go out on the hills with one of them I always learn something about the history, the wildlife, the archaeology, the geology. I think of it like getting beneath the skin - there's this awe-inspiring landscape with this incredible cultural depth beneath it. I'm certainly never bored!

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