Amelia Heath's photos


Horse drawn bracken rolling

09 Aug 2020 31 28 95
Today's Sunday Challenge is: A NEW EXPERIENCE I have not seen this method of controlling bracken until this morning. On 1 January 2013 it became illegal to use the bracken-control chemical Asulam. The chemical, which was sold as Asulox, was banned by the EU on 31 December 2011 but those who already had stocks had a year to use these up. While good in small areas, as it provides cover for animals, bracken can be a real problem, quickly becoming a monoculture, shading out and eliminating wild plants and flowers. In our local area The Cliffe is a sandstone hill, a lot of which is colonised by bracken, preventing the growth of heather, ling and gorse. The bracken is managed largely by volunteers, but I've never seen this method of horse drawn bracken rolling before. The horse is pulling a special roller with chains, which bend and partially break the bracken fronds. This has the effect of weakening the plant as it attempts to regrow. Volunteers are raking over the broken bracken and bundling it onto a trailer. The bracken may be taken to the local farmer who has a bio-digester. There were 2 horses working today, and about 20 volunteer helpers. The effects of bracken rolling are progressive and in order for the bracken to be completely eradicated, it is advisable that the process is repeated twice yearly, with first treatment in June/July (Peak Growing Season) and second in late August/early September (going into Dormant Period). It is extremely important that if a second annual treatment is undertaken, that it is completed before the plant produces spores. I hope that this will gradually replace the large tracts of ferns with wild flowers. Ceffylau Gwaith Carnog Working Horses, run by Barbara Haddrill, is based in Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in the heart of the Tanat Valley in Powys, Wales. It works in mid and North Wales, Shropshire and the Welsh Borders and Marches. www.carnog.co.uk

Fiskebåter på Låder. 2nd place SPC July 2020 - R…

23 Sep 2012 8 5 30
Fishing boats at Låder.

HFF Everyone

01 Aug 2020 34 30 80
Shrewsbury Town Walls.

Heather on the Hill

03 Aug 2020 21 15 67
Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical, such as "Almost Like Being in Love", have become standards. It features two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. In the mid fifties we performed this musical at the Aldershot County High School for Girls. I had a minor role, Jean, in the production, and the song, Heather on the Hill, reminds me of the musical. The John Wilson Orchestra: The Heather On The Hill (from Brigadoon) The heather in the photo is Calluna vulgaris, common heather, ling, or simply heather, and it is is the sole species in the genus Calluna in the flowering plant family Ericaceae.. It covers large parts of the local sandstone hill called The Cliffe in Ruyton XI Towns.

Glass and Flower

02 Aug 2020 25 16 71
Today's Sunday Challenge: Clear Glass with a minimalist touch of something This glass container is mostly solid but has a relatively small reservoir for water. The inside of a Japanese anemone is floating on top of some water not quite filling the container, and the image is refracted on the thick glass on the rim.

Attingham Park Deer

30 Jul 2020 26 15 84
Attingham is home to approximately 250 semi-wild fallow deer, all direct descendants of the fallow deer here at the creation of the Deer Park in 1797.

From the horse's mouth

30 Jul 2020 20 12 68
Our first visit to a National Trust property since a couple of days before lockdown in April. We had to book an arrival time and were checked in using our contact details. At the beginning of the trip the foot traffic was strictly one-way, but as soon as we were out of the stable block and past the Attingham Hall (which remains closed to visitors), it was possible to wander anywhere throughout the grounds, through the deer park and the woodlands, keeping to the 2 - 5 metre wide footpaths. Arriving promptly at 9 a.m. the stable yard was almost deserted, and the 'horse' reminded us all of the 2 metre social distancing rules, and it was easy to maintain social distancing on the 4 mile walk. By the time we came to leave, after a cup of coffee, the visitor numbers had dramatically increased, so we were lucky to have had such a peaceful and enjoyable morning.

Shrewsbury Rail Bridge


Small Skipper on Knapweed. Thymelicus sylvestris…

12 Jul 2020 39 21 94
Or possibly the Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola These little butterflies were ubiquitous here, flitting around in the tall grasses and mostly sipping nectar from hard-heads, Centaurea / knapweed..

Small Skipper on Knapweed. Thymelicus sylvestris…

12 Jul 2020 16 6 61
Or possibly the Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola. These little butterflies were ubiquitous here, flitting around in the tall grasses and mostly sipping nectar from hard-heads, Centaurea / knapweed..

Church Street, Shrewsbury


In the window.

17 Jul 2020 25 12 98
Reflections of Church Street towards St.Alkmunds Church

St Mary's Church, Ellesmere

12 Jul 2020 33 18 88
Taken from the other side of the lake. I have added a note that points out the Sisters sculpture in the photo.

The Sisters. Sculptor: Nick Eames

12 Jul 2020 19 11 76
Refuge. Sculptor: John Merrill:

Beautiful demoiselle. Calopteryx virgo


Harvested field and wild flower strip

11 Jul 2020 25 14 74
The crop of wheat was harvested in July before it was completely ripe. It was then transported to an anaerobic digester. Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a natural process where plant and animal materials (biomass) are broken down by micro-organisms in the absence of air. The AD process begins when biomass is put inside a sealed tank or digester. Naturally occurring micro-organisms digest the biomass, which releases a methane-rich gas (biogas) that can be used to generate renewable heat and power; this helps cut fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The remaining material (digestate) is rich in nutrients, so it can be used as a fertiliser. The local farmer has now returned some of the digestate back onto the field as fertilser. This can be seen in the PiP The wild flower strip has been, and still is, a delight providing a valuable food source for a wide variety of insects, as well as for species higher in the food chain. All in all I think this has been a great success. www.biogas-info.co.uk/about

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