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A Childhood Playground Lost: The Fight for Mill Hill Slag Bank

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These photographs sit tucked away in a dusty box, each one a portal to a simpler time. Images of a sprawling, uneven landscape bathed in afternoon light transport me back to my childhood. This wasn't your typical park playground, with brightly coloured equipment and smooth surfaces. This was the Mill Hill Slag Bank – a rough and tumble expanse that held a unique charm for a local boy like myself.  The Slag Bank, as it was affectionately known, was a product of Cleator Moor's industrial past. Created by waste materials from the Cleator Moor Iron Foundry, which closed its doors in 1920, the slag formed an undulating terrain dotted with wildflowers and patches of scrubland. Far from being an eyesore, it became a haven for local wildlife and, more importantly, a playground for generations of children.  My own memories are filled with scrapes and bruises earned from tackling the slag's slopes on my bicycle, building makeshift forts, and losing myself in imaginative adventures. I

A Sheep's View: Ennerdale Water from Cauda Brow

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This photo was taken at Cauda Brow, high above Croasdale in West Cumbria. It captures the stunning view towards Ennerdale Water , a long lake nestled amidst the Lake District fells. The Lake District is a national park in northwest England, famous for its mountains, lakes, and literary associations. The photo features a lone sheep standing in a field of green grass, looking out at the view. The sheep seems to be enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful scenery. The sky is cloudy, but the light peeks through the clouds, casting dramatic shadows on the fells. If you're looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Lake District is a perfect destination. With its stunning scenery, charming villages, and endless opportunities for outdoor activities, the Lake District has something to offer everyone. Here are some additional details about the places mentioned in the photo: Cauda Brow is a hill on the western edge of the Lake District. It offers panoramic vie

Quackers: A Solitary Duck Braces the Fog on Ennerdale Water

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This photo (hopefully) captures the ethereal beauty of a foggy morning at Ennerdale Water in the Western Lake District. The still water reflects the hazy light filtering through the mist, creating a sense of tranquility. The fells, shrouded in fog, peek through the top of the frame, adding to the mystical atmosphere. The lone duck in the foreground is the star of the show. Its presence breaks the stillness of the scene and adds a touch of life to the landscape. The duck seems unfazed by the fog, paddling gracefully through the water. Ennerdale Water is a beautiful lake located in the western part of the lakes. It is surrounded by rolling hills and fells, making it a popular spot for hikers, cyclists, and paddlers. The lake is also home to a variety of wildlife, including ducks, geese, and swans. The fog in the photo is a common sight in the Lake District. The mountains create a barrier that traps moisture, leading to frequent fog formation. Fog can create a magical and otherworldly atm

Vultures: Nature's Clean-up Crew

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Vultures are often thought of as ugly or scary birds, but they play an important role in the environment. They are scavengers, which means they eat dead animals. This helps to keep the environment clean and free of disease. Vultures also help to control populations of rodents and other small animals that can carry diseases. There are many different species of vultures, but they all share some common characteristics. They have large wingspans, which allows them to soar for long periods of time without having to flap their wings. They also have strong beaks and talons, which they use to tear apart flesh. Vultures are found on every continent except Antarctica. They are most common in warm climates, such as Africa, Asia, and South America. However, there are a few species of vultures that live in North America, including the turkey vulture and the black vulture. Here in the UK, we have one species of vulture, the Cinereous Vulture . It's a rare visitor to our shores, mainly seen in Sc