On the first Sunday of October, in the sunshine, eleven DPA volunteers worked on our land at High House Waste, north of Cornwood.    We finished making a track from just above the gate by the crossing of the Broadall Lake northwards to the open grassland close to the Bronze Age settlement.  The gate over the Broadall Lake is on the eastern boundary and the Bronze Age settlement is in the north east.

Map of High House Waste.

Map of High House Waste.

 

The gorse was very dense, but after a couple of hours with loppers and strimmers, we opened up a 2-metre wide track.

Gorse before clearance. Photo: Adam Sparkes

Gorse before clearance. Photo: Adam Sparkes

 

The new track. Photo: Adam Sparkes

The new track. Photo: Adam Sparkes

 

The new track. Photo: Adam Sparkes

The new track. Photo: Adam Sparkes

 

The top end of the new track. Photo: Adam Sparkes

The top end of the new track. Photo: Val Barns

 

Chris and Derek also moved some gengards over the river from Hawns and Dendles so they are now ready for use to protect tree seedlings from being eaten by stock.
At lunchtime we were watched from 50 metres away by a male stonechat and there was a female also moving around – we left them plenty of gorse which should provide insect food and shelter over the winter.

Stonechat.

Stonechat Saxixola torquata, male perched on end of stick.

 

Chris saw a family party of stonechats a few weeks ago, which is good news as it shows there had probably been successful breeding on High House Waste this year.   There were also a few late Red Admiral butterflies around.