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Moorhens on Barmy Drain

8 Aug

I post this because it’s the first time I’ve managed to get a moorhen in focus in years of trying.  These birds are fairly common, not particularly shy and hardly quick moving; don’t quite know what my problem was … So, anyway, this little group were on Barmston Drain and I’m pretty sure this is a second brood of the year as another much bigger juvenile was hanging around.

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Deep and dangerous

19 Mar

Here’s the good old Barmston Drain passing under Clough Road. That yellow thing in the water is a sign from the nearby fitness centre that you can see in the background. It had clearly not read the warning below.

Weekend reflections are here.

Barmy Drain

28 Feb

When applying for planning permission to build anything new  nowadays you have to supply a flood risk assessment, a surveyor, at no small cost, looks at the plot and decides how likely it is to flood and what if anything should be taken into account when drawing up plans. Good job then that such niceties did not prevail in the middle ages else nothing would be standing in these parts. The whole Hull river valley until the middle ages used to be one big marshy malarial infested lake stretching up as far as Driffield with occasional interventions from the Humber to add to the gaiety of nations. But bit by bit and without any help from the Environment Agency river banks were raised and drains put in. The late 18th and early 19th century saw really large investment in drying out the land and bringing it into cultivation. And so here’s the Barmston (Barmy) Drain as seen from Clough Road doing what it has been doing since the passage of the Beverley and Barmston Drainage Act of 1798 taking the wet stuff from East Yorkshire’s marshy carrs and putting it into the river Hull in a neat controllable fashion. Despite the rubbish piling up on the banks these drains provide a rich habitat for wildlife though it has to be said I only saw two wrens and a depressed looking duck while I was here.

I’ve posted about this waterway before here.
If you are into the history of drainage (and be honest who isn’t?) here’s an old pamphlet about draining the Hull Valley.
The weekend in black and white lurks here.
And weekend reflections are hiding here.