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