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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 668
 Date Entered 01/01/2013
 Updated on 01/01/2013
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 26/12/2012
 Location Teesdale. Cotherstone. Banks of the River Balder.
 Civil Parish Cotherstone
 Brit. National Grid NZ 999 202
 Altitude 200m
 Geology Stream cut ravine through Namurian Sandstone strata.
 Record Name Upland oak woodland on the banks of the River Balder below Hury Reservoir. Winter.
 Record Description This record is a photographic portrait of woodland and individual trees representative of the twoodland composition on both banks of the River Balder from The Hury Reservoir Dam downstream to the Tees. In addition several trees which grow in the hedgerows and pastures in Baldersdale are depicted.
 Dimensions See photofile
 Additional Notes Brief notes are provided as captions to the photographs.
 Image 1 ID 3884         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Ruined building on the north bank of the Balder near Cotherstone. An old Mill perhaps, but no sign of a mill race or wheel.
 Image 2 ID 3885         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Very large and ancient Crab Apple tree on line of a recently replanted hedgerow.
 Image 3 ID 3886         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Crab Apple tree, detail.
 Image 4 ID 3887         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Ancient coppiced oak at top edge of the woodland. North Bank. Very few really old trees survive , most of the trees here are secondary woodland trees of no great age or dimensions.
 Image 5 ID 3888         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Ancient coppiced oak at top edge of the woodland. Detail.
 Image 6 ID 3889         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Oak coppice, view down to the Balder.
 Image 7 ID 3890         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description A second large coppice oak.
 Image 8 ID 3891         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Top edge of the wood with ash, holly, rowan and oak.
 Image 9 ID 3892         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Viaduct which carried the railway from Barnard Castle to Middleton in Teesdale crossing the River Balder. For other viaducts on this line crossing the Tees and the line across Stainmore, See 'Teesdale in Old Photographs'. Collected by Dennis Coggins.1989. Sutton Publishing.
 Image 10 ID 3894         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Viaduct which carried the railway from Barnard Castle to Middleton in Teesdale crossing the River Balder. For other viaducts on this line crossing the Tees and the line across Stainmore, See 'Teesdale in Old Photographs'. Collected by Dennis Coggins.1989. Sutton Publishing.
 Image 11 ID 3896
 Image 11 Description The Balder woodlands downstream from the Viaduct.
 Image 12 ID 3897
 Image 12 Description The Balder woodlands upstream from the Viaduct.
 Image 13 ID 3898
 Image 13 Description Woodland edge with oak, ash, holly and hazel.
 Image 14 ID 3899
 Image 14 Description Round barrow in pasture on north side of the Balder.
 Image 15 ID 3900
 Image 15 Description Oak woodland by the footbridge across the Balder.
 Image 16 ID 3901
 Image 16 Description Common cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense)an ancient woodland indicator plant.
 Image 17 ID 3902
 Image 17 Description Early trackway through the Balder woodland.
 Image 18 ID 3903
 Image 18 Description Oak with polyypody fern.
 Image 19 ID 3905
 Image 19 Description 
 Image 20 ID 3906
 Image 20 Description Hard fern. (Blechnum spicant)
 Image 21 ID 3907
 Image 21 Description River Balder, view upstream from the footbridge.
 Image 22 ID 3908
 Image 22 Description ?Broad Buckler Fern.
 Image 23 ID 3909
 Image 23 Description Downy birch.
 Image 24 ID 3910
 Image 24 Description Large multi stemmed holly at top edge of the woodland.
 Image 25 ID 3911
 Image 25 Description The same woodland seen across pasture from the road to Baldersdale from Cotherstone.
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