Postponed for a month to allow for the weather to warm a little – and the ground to eventually thaw – a group of Durham Wildlife Trust Young Volunteers spent a morning tree planting on the moor.
The saplings have been planted in an area where Natural England believes it is possible for a wildlife corridor to be created from the moor down to the farm. The tall tubes protect them from rabbits at the base, and deer at the tops – hopefully, the weather will be kind and the saplings have the opportunity to establish themselves strongly.
In time, the young trees will serve as an important feeding area for adult and young black grouse alike.
The morning wasn’t just about planting trees. It also served as a great opportunity for the young volunteers to get out and about on the moorland to see the living uplands at first hand. They weren’t disappointed. Group leader Ruth notes:
“We saw black grouse sitting in a tree, field vole, short eared owl pellets and more. Think the high-light of the day may have been the ride in the Polaris down the hill back to the farm. A great experience for all.”
Next time DWT Young Volunteers will be on the moor will be on a bird monitoring exercise, which over the years will show the value of managing landscape to assure a sustainable balance of nature on our Uplands.