Natural Flood Management (NFM)

Earlier today we had a very interesting and illuminating online meeting with various partners to talk about our plans for NFM work on the cluster. We are working with Durham University to model the outcomes of proposed works and we saw a presentation of how any measures would affect peak flows in the area. TheContinue reading “Natural Flood Management (NFM)”

First Work Party of 2022

Yesterday saw volunteers from Sustainable Swaledale and Operation Raleigh Alumni tree planting and creating a new hedge line. An enjoyable day was had by all apparently. The new hedge was planted close to a dry stone wall line that was completely washed away in the flood in July 2019. Rather than re-wall, it was decidedContinue reading “First Work Party of 2022”

‘Calling all volunteers!’

Winter is in full swing and we’ve finally sat down together and planned our list of volunteer days for the remainder of the season. Between the end of January and the end of April, there are plenty of exciting tasks to get involved with, along with the ‘mundane but necessary’. All are incredibly beneficial forContinue reading “‘Calling all volunteers!’”

The pitfalls of wildlife recording.

June 13th. Warm, muggy and now decidedly midgey. Whilst we were having a wander around yesterday, a kind gent was trying to install some ‘pitfall’ traps to sample creepy-crawlies. I hope you appreciate my technical terms? Pitfall traps are designed to catch insects, spiders, flies etc so they can later be identified. They do killContinue reading “The pitfalls of wildlife recording.”

Bird ringing demonstration…nah another walk around.

Sunday 13th June. Very warm and sticky. Part 1. Sadly no one had booked to come on our bird ringing demonstration walk. So we reorganised and had a wander around with a chap (and his wife) who had expressed an interest in the project and who is the Director of the Wildland Research Institute. FindContinue reading “Bird ringing demonstration…nah another walk around.”