Joanne Green- Week 2 w/c 04/06/2012

Residential Trip to Brunt’s Barn, Grindleford, Sheffield.

Brunts Barn

Brunts Barn, Grindleford, UK

Duration of the trip was three days whereby the VPA Team stayed in an apartment.

On day one I helped with conservation work by laying a path (Image 5) along the River Derwent near Calver Bridge, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 on the A623 Baslow Road 5mm south of Marker A.


Image 5: Me racking the path (source: Natalia 06/06/2012).

At Brunts’ Barn in the water bath I saw a skater, water scavenger beetle, diving beetles, water snails, burrowing water beetle, water larvae grub.  In the grass areas I saw lots of moths, moss, creeping buttercup and nettles. At Calver Bridge I saw

ducks, ground and rove beetles, reeds, nettles, burdock, wild carrot, garlic and fennel, beech trees, marsh marigold, monkshood, common water-plantain, dogs’ tongue and bracket fungus. At Calver Weir I saw ladybirds, cardinal beetle, (beetle) larvae, snail, hawthorn and ash trees, fox glove, false rhubarb, common figwort,

Personal Protective Equipment (wet proofs and steel toe-capped boots), food, accommodation and transport were supplied by Groundwork and the Ranger Service. This resulted in a comfortable learning curve. For example, whilst it rained incessantly on 07/06/2012 I remained dry. The signage was legible and informative (Image 6).


Image 6: Signage (source: Joanne Green 06/06/2012).

Signage besides the Mill Pond informed of Great Crested Newts.

Calver Bridge

Peak District National Park, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32, UK

Other images include: Calver Bridge (Image 7);


Image 7: Calver Bridge (source: Joanne Green 06/06/2012).

Calver Weir (Images 8 and 9);


Image 8: Calver Weir (source: Joanne Green 07/07/2012).

and insect life (Images 10, 11, and 12).


Image 9: Calver Weir (source: Joanne Green 07/06/2012).


Image 10: Grub within wood (source: Joanne Green 07/06/2012).


Image 11: Snail (source: Joanne Green 07/06/2012).


Image 12: Cardinal Beetle (source: Joanne Green 07/06/2012).

During a 6am ramble, 5m from Brunt’s Barn was a sign for ground nesting birds.  Coming from an urban environment I’d never seen signage for ground-nesting birds before. Upon observing the sign I maintained my stroll along the path and not into the adjacent grasses and herbage, of which thyme was present.



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