Ranger versus tree


Kate helps out with winching a dodgy tree in the Heddon Valley

Originally posted on Wicked and wild, it's a nature blog:

Well week three and still tick free, largely down to wearing a shedload of clothes every day. I get pretty warm during the day but in my book it’s a small price to pay.

The third week was quite varied, on Wednesday morning we felled a problematic rotten Ash tree. The top of the tree was hanging in the canopy so Dan F had to fell it in such a way that it came down without getting stuck and hanging dangerously from the canopy. Once that was done we all piled in the trucks and headed to Woody Bay to extract more felled birch. It was the same operation that we did previously, a landrover pulley system. It really is hard work but what a view we are treated to whilst doing it, we got quite a heavy shower but when that cleared off we were treated to beautiful stormy…

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Is it a bird, or is its a plane?

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We were recently visited by South Devon College, who were on a two day practical residential staying at the basecamp at Countisbury on Exmoor.
On their first day, the group of eight students, helped clear an area of scrub out at Bull point, near Mortehoe and on their second, they walked the golden sands of Woolacombe beach picking up litter as they went.
One of the pictures also shows our new General Manager-Rob Joules, who came out with the Rangers to see what its all about for the afternoon and share both the feeding of the toasty warm fire and get very wet Ranger style!
The other rather interesting picture and highlight of the day was being joined by a film crew who are making a movie as part of the coast celebrations for 2015. The crew used a drone camera that flew above us taking some rather unique and specutacular footage.
Stuart Ayres
Executive Hollywood Acting Ranger

Silver Darlings, Sand and Sunshine

The National Trust Team had another great year at Clovelly Herring Festival. Perched up on the lime kiln with amazing views of Bideford Bay we were inundated with enthusiastic kids and parents itching to construct their woolly and wonderful willow fish. It was great fun!

Here’s a fishy little poem by Eugene Field:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe —
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea —
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish —
Never afraid are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam —
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:                                                    Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Sleep Well!

Gregg et al

Winds of change


Volunteer Ranger Kate writes about her work here at West Exmoor

Originally posted on Wicked and wild, it's a nature blog:

Monday morning on week two of working in Exmoor found me bleary eyed and sleep deprived. The winds on Sunday night had got up to speeds of 70mph and, as the house I stay in is perched on top of the hill near the sea, it was pretty noisy during the night.

On the drive into work we had to turn back on ourselves due to a tree down in the road. After a storm the Rangers carry out storm surveys and check all the high risk trees, ones near buildings or roads, as well as clearing the fallen trees and clearing up the debris. The day was taken up with clearing a fallen tree on the woodland walk to the Watersmeet tearoom and one that had blown across the road just up from the office. The next day saw us sorting out an ash tree that was hanging off…

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WW1 Service -Remembering the Fallen

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Today has been a very special day at Woolacombe remembering our history and lost decendants of the first World War.
The event was organised by Mortehoe Parish Council where National staff and volunteers joined School children, residents and also 2 people who fought in WW2, to come together, to celebrate this historical moment in time.
The outdoor service was directed by the local vicar, who read out a list of local people who fought and were lost in this war, we were also treated to songs and poems written by year 6 School Children and to finish we planted 30 trees to create a memory woodland funded by a grant from the the AONB.

Stuart Ayres
Executive Tree planting Ranger

October Half Term Fun Part 1-Family Scrub Bash

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What a fantastic day we had on our bash and burn event last week at Mortehoe.
Ranger Josh and I and our volunteer Rangers, David, David and Roger were joined by over fifteen familys all very keen to get stuck in. The Gorse removal is all part of our winter work programme-between October and March, where selected area’s are thinned out to break up what is actually a very sterile environment.
The familys all holidaying in the local area, both young and old, worked very hard and were well motivated especially when the treat was roasting marshmellows over a fire which the kids loved.

Executive marshmellow cooking Ranger

Golden Leaves: a woodland walk, Sunday 2 November 2014

Enjoy the sights and smells of an autumnal woodland at this magical time of year.

Join the West Exmoor rangers on a circular woodland walk around the Lyn Valley and enjoy the trees at their most colourful. The walk will follow a lovely hot bacon sandwich at Watersmeet House which is included in the price.

10.30am – 3pm

£6 per person.

Booking essential on 01598 763402.

Meet at Watersmeet House. Grid ref SS 744 487.