Sunday, 10 February 2013
Agnews Hill and some useful winter plants Part 1
It was a beautiful sunny winters day so I quickly got my gear and went for a long walk up onto the Antrim Plateau. I walked through a large Spruce forest and found some interesting things along the way.
I also got to try out my Lifesaver bottle which I have been wanting to try for a while.
Here are some pictures.
After entering the woodland I realised that I had not had a drink in many hours and my lips were dry- a sign of dehydration for me. I went to a nice mountain stream and filled my life saver bottle to get a drink. The bottle can be submerged because the mouth peice is protected by a watertight cap. However i would not submerge it in water i suspected was really bad because there is not high a chance of cross contamination in my opinion.
Another water source which I did not partake of and I am sure you can see why.
Lots of wind damage had occurred. The trees all pointed in one direction away from the prevailing winds which is a very useful indication of direction----if you know the direction of the prevailing winds of course.
The stream widens in places and I have often bathed my feet here on a warm day.
I came across more wind thrown trees. This time a line of mature Beech which I have known for over 20 years. It is a shame to see them uprooted like this. One Beech had lifted a stack of forestry timber up on its root plate forming a ready made shelter. It was fantastic and would have been great after about 1 hours work. I think the fact that the roof is made of 1 ton of timber is something to consider though.
A ribwort grew at the side of the shelter. It can be eaten and is a powerful medicine plant. The leaves can be chewed up and put on wounds as a poultice.
Birch bark- collect while you find it as Birch as rare in this area. I filled my pockets to use later as it was slightly damp.
Wood sorrel a nice refreshing taste like apple peel and a useful source of vitamins in winter. Grows in the shade.
I came across this encampment if it can be called that. The usual ring of stones and rubbish strewn everywhere. I found a rubber inner tire which made me thing the builders may be mountain bikers. I took the rubber because it is a great fire starter. The shelter was held together with green, cheap paracord.