The Ranger was recently visiting a notable tourist attraction in Berkshire and admiring the large numbers of veteran trees within it. It’s remarkable how many large and very ancient trees seem to have been preserved there despite the very intensive visitor pressure. Those actually in visitor areas were obviously strictly treated for health and safety reasons, but plenty of fallen wood was left lying about and many other trees were visible off the beaten track even though visitors were kept well away – allowing most of the dead and dying branches to remain unlopped. However the most remarkable thing that caught the Ranger’s eye was the proof that red squirrels do still have a southern stronghold outside of the Isle of Wight:
- Sea defence off course in Aberdeen
- The Diana Memorial Fountain – what did they expect?