A track surface made up of scalpings and junk

The heathland track alongside the Bisley and Pirbright Ranges from Lightwater to Deepcut is a regular walk of mine. I enjoy the distant view of London from Chobham Ridges, and just as much the seasonal changes to the flora and and fauna.

On one walk I noticed a piece of junk buried in the track, and on subsequnent walks I noticed more and more buried junk. Yesterday I photographed some of the buried junk, and thought you might like to see it. These five photos are the most obvious pieces of junk.

The surface of the track is mostly scalpings of one sort or another. Occasionaly there are exposed areas of bricks and crushed ceramics.

Some say they’ve gone fishing, I say I’ve gone orchid hunting

No, I’ve not gone fishing; I’ve gone orchid hunting.

I’ve managed to do a spot of wild orchid hunting in the local heathland and bogs, as is my wont. It’s a bit like stamp collecting, always hoping to identify a treasure in a pile of stamps.

One key difference, I can’t collect the wild orchids, other than by photographing them. The pleasure, or is it pain, I don’t know which, is getting out the orchid identification sources and then expanding my photos on my computer for comparison. A stamp catalogue is easier to use. Ah, well, at least I got out into the heathland and the bogs.

The good news is that the wild orchids are flourishing alongside the heathland track next to Red Road in Lightwater, and here was me being overly concerned about their late arrival. I don’t think they’re quite as vigourous as in previous years – more photo comparison needed to prove this. The Spotted Orchids are variable, so will take time for proper identification. Meanwhile, there’s more good news in that the Early Marsh Orchids in Folly Bog are also flourishing. Here are my photos for you to enjoy.

First the good: Dartford Warblers seen in local heathland

Delighted to say I saw a couple of Dartford Warblers in the heather in Hangmoor Hill, just the other side of Red Road in Lightwater.

How did I recognise them, since they’re on the Amber List of endangered birds? Well, they are known to inhabit this area. They like heaths, and feed of insects. They can be seen on top of gorse bushes, and seen flitting around in the heather looking for insects. What really identifies them is their long tail and habit, that’s how I recognised the pair. Did I see their colour? no I didn’t. Even though they were close to me, all I saw was they appearing dark brownish/grey to me. Photo courtesy of Dean Eades BirdMad in Wikipedia.

Grrrrr, dog poo and aggressive mountain bikers on the heathland

The heathland surrounding Lightwater is a shared resource for us all to enjoy.

Not all users respect the enjoyment of the rest of us. On a heathland walk yesterday to espy the arrival of wild orchids, I naturally wandered on the heathland track and into the heathland in Folly Bog and Hangmoor Hill in search for the little beauties.

What did I experience, sadly, plently of dog poo, and an onrushing mountain biker. Dog walkers, having picked up their dog poo, dump it in a bag by a gate into the heathland, thinking it’s then somebody else’s responsibility. No it’s not. Why do this dog walkers? Having carried it to the edge of the heathland, all you have to do is carry it home and put it into your grey recycling bin. Job done.

As for mountain bikers, with whom we share the heathland track. For goodness sake, when you’re hurtling down the track, at least give warning via a bell, shout, or whatever. You’re simply selfish, arrogant, and aggressive disregarders of others.