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This past weekend saw our second residential weekend of 2016, working with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers.  A nice bit of dry stone walling – and sunshine too!

 

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Our arrival at Brunt’s Barn on the Friday night of this, our first residential weekend away of 2016, was like something out of And Then There Were None.  The original eight for the weekend had over the previous couple of days reduced to six due to illness and other adverse circumstance; and then one by one these six postponed their arrival at the Barn, for one reason or another, from the usual Friday night until early Saturday morning, until in the end only a hardy couple of attendees were in the Barn on Friday.  Still, against the odds, everyone (even the habitually late) arrived in good time on Saturday – in time for breakfast, no less, probably lured by the promise of a vast vat of excellent porridge.

The work for both Saturday and Sunday was to be out with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, on a hillside between Tideswell and Miller’s Dale, to remove young encroaching hawthorn from a site which is being restored as a grassland habitat.  As part of a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, this hillside will in the future be grazed between August and February, the grassland habitat and wildflowers then being allowed to flourish for the rest of the year.  It was hard work, teetering on a steep slope and pitchforking bundles of hawthorn down to a bonfire at the bottom (shades of Indiana Jones sometimes, dodging the rolling bundles), but fine home-made cake from a very generous PPCV volunteer on both days helped to sustain us!

At the end of Saturday’s work, there was much enjoyment of Brunt’s Barn’s new showers (a great improvement in comfort) and then a trip to the bar of The Maynard for an evening meal, followed by drinks and games back at the Barn (endless rounds of Bananagrams and Dobble proved the popular choice this time).

The next residential weekend will be in May!

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This past weekend was our final residential weekend of 2015.  Working as usual with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, we helped to clear and burn invasive rhododendron on the banks of Tittesworth Reservoir.  The reservoir’s water level was looking lower than any of us could recall seeing it, but that gave us a good space on the shore for our bonfire of cut material.  The removal of the rhododendron will help to avert the monoculture which is otherwise developing along some of the bank, and encourage native species to flourish.  We were blessed with fine and warm autumn weather to enjoy the scenic location.  In the evenings and in the breaks from work, the weekend followed the usual sort of course: great meal in The Lazy Trout on Saturday night, good chats, crossword attempts, entertaining post-dinner tabletop games (Saboteur, Coup, Avalon, Werewolves!) and a home-made cake to celebrate a recent wedding!

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Last weekend was SACV’s second residential weekend of the year, working as usual with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers (PPCV). Our activity for the Saturday was to help at Tittesworth Water with the renovation of a “butterfly beach”: this area is intended to encourage a range of butterfly species in the area and uses sand as ground cover because it reflects the light and can create the warm conditions that butterflies like for basking. Then, on the Sunday, we took part for the first time in the Pick-and-Play day which has been an annual event for a few years and is organised by Peak Mountaineering and PPCV; this involved doing some litter-picking in the morning and then being rewarded in the afternoon with a choice of outdoor activities. We SACV volunteers opted for the climbing and abseiling – and had a great afternoon! Many thanks to Peak Mountaineering for the provision of these activities and the excellent instruction!

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This was our first residential weekend of the year!  Over the two days we were helping the PPCV with work on a stretch of moorland on Gun Hill, near Meerbrook.  Our task was to remove encroaching saplings to help conserve this important moorland site (an SSSI).  Although some larger trees will be retained and will act as perching sites for raptors, the purpose of our activity was to prevent the trees from taking over and crowding out areas of heather.  Once again we were blessed with dry weather, and the patches of ice and snow which were in place when we started gradually thawed over the weekend.  There is more of the same work to be done at this site, and the Rangers and other volunteers will be back to continue in the weeks ahead.

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This weekend before last (Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September) a group of us did two days’ work with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers, as our final residential weekend of the year.  We were working on the edge of Tittesworth Water, to re-enable the use of a bird-screen which ought to have given excellent views of birds on the water and the shore but had become completely overgrown with willow.  We were lucky enough to have pretty good (sometimes even hot!) autumn weather on both days and on the Saturday most of us also managed a walk once our work was done – heading to the Roaches and climbing Hen Cloud for a quick look at the view before getting back in time for our usual evening meal at The Lazy Trout!

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A couple of weeks ago (Friday 9th to Sunday 11th May 2014) we had our second weekend away of the year, doing a couple of days’ work with the Peak Park Conservation Volunteers. We were carrying out maintenance work on a bird-hide on the edge of Tittesworth Water – and it was just as well that we had the bird-hide to shelter in from time to time as some of the weekend’s weather was very inclement! But we managed to get most of the requisite done (apart from the outdoor painting!) and it was good to see that the hide gets plenty of use. In particular, a number of bird-watchers came by to use the hide to take a look at three oystercatcher chicks on one of the reservoir’s islands.

As usual, we had a relaxing Saturday evening in the local pub and a few entertaining card games (Saboteur!) back in the accommodation afterwards – so all in all a very a enjoyable weekend.

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