The display of snowdrops and aconites in the grounds of Ingleborough Hall, Clapham was stunning. The day was a little hazy so photographs across limestone pavement were rather dark. I heard my first skylark of the spring, and saw them - which was a delight. Skylark have not yet returned to Scout Scar, although Sunday morning was cold and blustery so it was hard to hear their tentative first song on arriving in their spring quarters.
Journals are on the day and of the day. Written as soon as possible afterwards to capture immediacy and the essence of the experience. At first, I write for myself- my own record. Returning to them, I hope to retain the original freshness whilst giving information which clarifies and develops the themes of natural history and agriculture of the Outer Hebrides, and their geography.
You'll find them by clicking on July 2015 in the archives to the right of this page.
Kendal Flood Risk Management Update from the Environment Agency. 18 February, the EA are beside the RIver Kent meeting the public, with maps, leaflets and a team of specialists hoping to reassure us that their plan (if it is adopted in time to secure EU money) is essential to address flood risk but will seek to minimize impact on the River Kent SSSI. I was told that where riverside trees are felled more will be replanted, young trees but not whips - more trees than currently so the transpiration effect of foliage will compensate in giving out oxygen- a vital role of trees. And that they hope to plant native trees.