Today's walk was just local as I had to attend a meeting in the Town Hall Council Chamber this afternoon about the CADISPA Report with the Community Council, Eskdale Foundation, and Langholm Initiative. My god some people can be so boring. I am suffering from Meeting Fatigue at the moment and the only cure is stop attending meetings. As I have another one tonight I am not practicing what I preach.
We set off at 9.00am to walk round Whita on Walk No 10 from the Langholm Walks Booklet. The weather was lovely and got even better as the walk progressed. The Moorland is beginning to look much better and the display of Cotton Grass is the best I have seen for many years. We also had a superb view of a Barn Owl hunting in the fields at the Rashiel where it has a nest in the barn at Head Keeper Simon Lester's house. We met Simon on his Quad Bike and he was very informative about the Moorland Demonstration Project. Our final visit was to the Moorland Feeding Station where a Woodpecker entertained us to a very noisy demonstration of how to eat peanuts. An excellent walk with us back in Langholm by 1.30pm and time for Tom to sample the delights of Truly Scrumptious.
A group of 6 Siskins on one of the Feeders at the Moorland Feeding Station.
Looking up the Little Tarras Valley
Another farm building lying empty. This is Perterburn and further along the road Cronksbank and Broomholmshiels are also empty. Buccleuch Estates have them on the rental market but the prices must be too high as nobody is renting.
Cotton Grass is everywhere and looking really good this year. A lot is growing where the Moorland Demonstation Project put down Roundup last year and also took the sheep off the Moor so the regeneration of the Heather is starting to happen. The Cotton Grass is a direct result of taking off the sheep.
MacDiarmid Memorial looks good from this angle.
Tom, John, and Niall looking up the Ewes Valley from the Birnie Braes