It may also be the largest dog toilet inn the north-east! (my words but true).
|Spring - Birch and Gorse dominating. [Most of the land in the distance is outside the square]|
|Summer - Heather and Bracken dominates|
|Winter - Snow (on occassion) dominates|
The fell has a fair few upland and especially acidic-liking plants and animals and is an SSSI classed as dwarf shrub heathand, Included in the square is Wanister Bog which is an area of seasonally-flooded land and is the only valley-mire in lowland County Durham.
As well as the Fell there is Felledge Wood, an old, very damp alder wood with a bit of oak, birch, wild cherry and holly on either side of the South Burn, that enters the river Wear couple of mile away. Through quite shallow, there are little pools scattered about here and there
|Felledge Wood early one morning|
Slightly futher downstream to the north, the wood changes to birch and crack willow, this is the area I usually call South Burn Wood, distinguishing it from the wetter adjacent Felledge.
|South Burn Wood, the burn is hidden under the bridge|
The northern third is made up of a few arable and rough pasture fields, the one just north of Brass Castle farm (a private dwelling) is the best meadow in the Waldridge area. The extreme NE corner has the start of the Waldridge Park estate where your’s truly lives. It would be daft not to cover a square that has your own house in, especially as it's amazing what is lurking in your own garden.
OK - thats the Blog started. I'll mention what I've had to date tomorrow and then we are off with whatever I can find the rest of the year