|Autumn colours in Teesdale woods|
|Wonderful and wild or sheepwrecked?|
|Landscape architects at work|
After that we carried on to a place called Cow Beck Reservoir for a bit more of a walk. As you'll see from the photos it is a lovely place, really wild, and is what @georgemonbiot would call sheep wrecked. Not many trees here! It's better in the valleys but not on the high ground. Why is that? Well it's kept that way by grazing and we saw more than a few sheep.
|Red Grouse food - young heather among the moss|
|Red Grouse - see the fluffy legs|
|Black Grouse - a lifer for me!|
Driven shooting means people scare the birds towards a line of people who shoot them. I don't think that's at all nice, nor do around 123,000 other people who signed Mark Avery's petition (here's Marks blog). It's because of that there is a debate. If you have some time this weekend it would be good if you could write a letter to your MP and tell them that you don't like it much either.
|Upper Teesdale NNR|
There's lots of advice on Marks blog if you want to write to your MP too.
Hope you enjoyed, and look out for a blog on Grouse soon!