Friday, 11 February 2011

34. Friday February 11th, 2011

Back to the fieldwork today. Jane and Alan spent a misty day measuring and describing the botanical zones on the eastern half of the area south of the wall. Despite the very cold weather in December we noticed, with some alarm, that the Creeping Thistles have already have started their regrowth, reminding us how much more we have to do for the botanical survey.

© Alan Williams

We noticed that the water level had risen considerably since our last visit a couple of weeks ago. This is as a result of the work by Bentley's is being scaled back it nears completion and the heavy rain of the last week

Alan Williams

Monday, 7 February 2011

33. Thursday February 3rd, 2011

After much preparation (and practice to calm our nerves!), four of the Project Team gave UWHG members a presentation talk on the evening of February 3rd, at the Soroptimists' Rooms in Skipton. With the help of Alan's slideshow we gave the audience a whirlwind tour of the site's history, the water management systems, the methodology of the field survey, and an introduction to the botanical survey. The feedback was good, and everyone there said they found it very interesting.
© Alan Williams
We are now in the process of writing up the formal report, copies of which will go to various bodies such as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Craven Museum & Gallery, The Chatsworth and Bolton Abbey Archives, Skipton and Embsay Libraries, Yorkshire Water, and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

Jane Lunnon