Part Three - Charlotte
Doing the award as part of the Countryside skills and Ranger training course at WHC has been interesting. I was new to the area so I’ve discovered several new places and explored on foot or sometimes on my bike. Sometimes with the class and sometimes alone. I’ve spent most time in Glen Nevis. I’ve learnt how to identify trees in winter and that you can use bog myrtle as a midge repellent. Tasted wood sorrel, yarrow and beech leaves. Learnt how to make charcoal and practised making fire. Made two stiles. Learning dry stone walling was great, I wanted to do that for a long time and it was really enjoyable. Another week we repaired a path, made steps and water bars, they looked very good and you can see it’s useful making it easier for people to walk and not make more informal paths and braiding or the water washing the path away. Planting Scots Pine in Glen Nevis was one of the highlights and also Juniper planting at Loch Arkaig, it’s great to think of them being big trees in the future. Did surveys of trees, heathland and woodland. Seen deer, eagles, frogs, a newt. Had a good time.
Planting native Scots Pine on the south slopes of Ben Nevis