Jamie Normington had very kindly organised for a few members of staff to take part in a bird walk. Both me and Sian were included in the group and were excited to see the Hutton Roof reserve for the first time. This was also a great opportunity to meet people from various departments at the trust who otherwise we wouldn’t usually get to know.
Once arriving on sight we met up with the very knowledgeable Bryan Yorke. Bryan has done a tremendous amount of voluntary work collecting data on bird migrations over the Hutton roof area.
We set off from the car park at around 10:30am and almost immediately bumped into some Fieldfare and Redwing. These were new birds to both me and Sian so it was great to spot them. We were also given a beginners guide to ferns. Bryan has also done a lot of work observing orchid hybridisation on Hutton Roof. There was no sign of them at this time of year yet it was really interesting to see some photos of some hybrid orchids.
As we neared the top of Dalton crag the landscape opened out dense forest was replaced with some beautiful limestone Clints and Grykes. Bryan showed us some of the rare ferns found at Hutton Roof that live exclusively in these Grykes.