Thursday, 30 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The Kirklees Youth Offenders carried out a patrol of part of the moors for their task this week. The walk took us up to March Haigh reservoir and back down via Eastergate Bridge. There was very little snow out up on the moors, but it was still very cold. However, the bright sunshine did have a bit of warmth in it.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
The group have done nearly 500 pots so far and are hoping to do more. Fantastic! It could be a long day out on the moors planting them all!
Saturday, 20 November 2010
I'm sure there would have been a few snores in the minibus on the way back to Oldham from some exhausted people!
One of our activites for the day was making bird feeders - by the end everyone was covered in grease and there were seeds everywhere.
All the bird feeders we made will be for sale at our stall at the Christmas Lights turn on in Marsden, on Saturday 4th December. Come and buy one to give our feathery friends some extra tasty treats to keep them going over the winter.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
The fences were put up several years ago to keep sheep off parts of the moor to allow the vegetation to re-grow and prevent the sheep from causing too much erosion.
Some of the fences have been damaged, some of it caused by the snow last winter, and there are now places where sheep can get into the plots.
With the volunteers out in force, some of the plots have now been mended and should now be sheep proof. With the weather turning for the worse after lunch, everyone arrived back at the office looking and feeling very wet!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
No one from the National Trust has spotted it yet...
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Walks meet at 10.45 at the Marsden Moor Estate Exhibition Room (Station Road), and we are back there at approximately 12.30pm. See you there!
The two empty wall baskets at the front of the office now have flowers in, and keep your eye out for the mosaic picture that will soon be making its appearance in the exhibition room.
Friday, 22 October 2010
If you can't make it along, why not do it yourself at home? It's easy! You can mix soft lard with seeds, such as sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet, and stuff into any sort of container. You could use yogurt pots, pine cones or small logs with holes drilled in and stuff the holes with fat - make sure you put it in the fridge to harden before you hang it up. You can string monkey nuts together and hang those up somewhere in your garden.
They're not hard to make, and you'll be surprised at how they really do attract the birds!
Friday, 15 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
The group from the Oldham Youth Offending Team that completed their John Muir Award in the summer holidays came back for their certificate presentation. The plan had been to have a walk out onto the moors and have the presentation taking place at the top of Pule Hill, but due to the persistant heavy rain it ended up taking place in the exhibition room!
Despite this, it was great to get the first lot of certificates for the John Muir Award and hopefully there will be more groups in the near future.
A number of people from the Adult Services team came and helped us plant cotton grass on White Moss. The weather, for a change, was actually rather good. Despite it starting off a bit misty it soon cleared up and we were working in some nice warm sunshine.
The day wasn't without it's mishaps as we got a welly stuck in the peat, and shortly after having got the boot free then the whole person got stuck in the peat. Luckily, we managed to save him before he sank below the surface.
As the group was working so hard, all the cotton grass plugs were in the ground by lunchtime, so after lunch we had a walk along the path to look at some cotton grass that had been planted last year and to see how much it had grown. We also looked at how deep the peat was in one of the gullies which everyone found very interesting. Some hard work and a good day out for all!
With about 150 pupils and helpers altogether we managed to collect several tubs full of seeds which is brilliant.
The children seemed to have a good time, bouncing about in the heather, getting a bit dirty and we also found some interesting wildlife. There was this lovely caterpillar, along with some beetles and lots of spiders and spiderwebs.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
The next health walk will be on Wednesday 22nd September - come along to our exhibition room for a walk themed on Trees.
Friday, 20 August 2010
•On the first day when we arrived. We went for a very long walk and did some geocaching (aka treasure hunting) on our walk we stopped to do a couple of sound maps which involves drawing out everything you can hear as a picture
•Second Day - We went up to the hills to do some surveying and navigating to find our way round if we ever got lost in the cloud we were in. the weather wasn’t very good… at all… so we got a bit wet.. Sorry not a bit, a lot!
•On our third day we did some brutal, hard, intense, punishing, tiring work. Which we really enjoyed.. Until Kibby threw a bucket at me! We went out to the moors to plant some cotton grass and then later on we spread 3 tons of heather brash! We also got a bit stuck in the peat!
On our fourth day we went out to the woods and tried to learn some bush craft, while being eaten alive by midges, which was really annoying! We built a shelter and made fire without matches or a lighter.. And we boiled water in a paper cup, amazing isn't it? We caught fish as well, we made a trap out of a single plastic bottle which some how worked. We also did some map reading while waiting for the fish, we learnt how to leave no trace in the countryside, smashing right?