I have had a deep fascination with Wilden Marsh for many years. A new story seems to present itself with every night visit. Moonlit evenings provide the best atmosphere. I’m never lonely or afraid when walking through the blackness of a nighttime marsh, with its strange noises, fleeting shadows, and darting will-o-the-wisps. I am sometimes accompanied by lingering ghosts that whisper in my ears of long forgotten secrets and conjure visions from… Read More
The history of Wilden Marsh and its immediate surrounding areas has interested me for some considerable time. I know everywhere has a history, but often much is forgotten, lost or ignored. Industrial activity started at Wilden Village during 1511 with the establishment of a water powered fulling mill by William Baylly. In 1633, the fulling mill was converted to a slitting mill, and then to a finery forge. Between 1692 and 1707,… Read More
I’m off to check on the marsh herd in the Falling Sands Nature Area! Would you like to come along?
The cattle are having the most marvellous time on the marsh at the moment. They have free access to much of the north marsh and are able the choose the tastiest of new lush vegetation on which to dine; they even have the luxury of turning up their noses at less palatable plants. However, things are about to change! The herd is to embark on some serious work improving Hoo Brook pasture… Read More
A brilliantly sunny dawn broke with my cup of tea this morning; after the dismal weather we’ve had lately, it’s a very welcome change. There was no need to search the north marsh for cattle, because they were waiting in Hoo Brook corral enjoying the infrared heat of the early morning sun. The two belted Galloway’s coats warm up very quickly in sunshine and, with the air temperature being quite sharp, laying… Read More