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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:58 pm    Post subject: Wildwood - Ballyarr Woods Nature Reserve Reply with quote

This relic of the wild forest is only a few miles from Letterkenny. The authorities are doing a great job in restoring its wildness by gradually removing beech etc, coppicing the Hazel to let a new under storey develop, allowing a few ponies to graze the grasses, etc. and by making new ponds. I love to take the dog there for a walk. There is something very special about walking in ancient land - this place appears in Griffith's Valuation, so it is old. The dog thinks it is heaven.

When I walked here yesterday, the vivid greens of the ferns and mosses against the ochres and silvery grays of winter took my breath away. To paraphrase Van the Man, "it was a marvellous day for a fern-walk 'neath the colour of January skies."



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ferns, Lichens & Mosses. Heaven.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic. Lovely pictures you captured it well. Does the soul good being in a place like that
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Wildwood - Ballyarr Woods Nature Reserve Reply with quote

Good guy wrote:
this place appears in Griffith's Valuation, so it is old.

it's clearly marked in the 6 inch OS map from the first half of the 19th century:
http://map.geohive.ie/mapviewer.html

if you have not used that viewer before, go to 'base information and mapping' in the top left, and you can switch between the current map, 6 inch map, 25 inch map (turn of the century) and several layers of satellite imagery.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In order to see it you have to have the ancient and long established woodland inventory layer turned on. Long way to bring the dog for a walk GG.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's marked on the standard maps though too. you shouldn't need the woodland layer enabled.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is indeed, but much clearer with that layer turned on and one can see all the other woods too.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's only ten or fifteen minutes drive in normal traffic and I often go a lot further taking my son to soccer! But I wouldn't go there that often - another favourite is by the lake at Gartan which is another 'good for the soul' place and the dog also enjoys the beach at Rathmullan, which is a lot further. The great thing about these places is that he can run free and dash about following scents to his heart's content and be no danger to sheep or cattle.
That is a fantastic resource, Geohive. I've not come across it before, though I've often used the OSI website. There is so much information - I'm on a steep learning curve, having had to drop geography at school, age 14: the idiocy of schools/exam systems!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep, there's all sorts of info there, from census info to environmental stuff. it's a phenomenal resource.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you not have the interweb at school young fellow?
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