Winds of change

Volunteer Ranger Kate writes about her work here at West Exmoor

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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