Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Giving Nature a Lift


Remember the helicopter I saw in the distance? Well I went and took a look just for you.

Helicopter warning-1

I already knew what they were up to, there has been quite a lot of publicity in the media, they are working on the Kinder Plateau trying to preserve a very fragile environment, long time readers may recall our damp and noble efforts to plant cotton grass on Kinder back in 2008.

At the moment they are air lifting bags of brash up there, what is brash I hear you ask (and I knew you would, so here you are).

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Brash is cut and chopped heather, you can read all about the conservation plans and the thinking behind the project . There is a lot of work to be done.

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But I must stop teasing and post the helicopter shots, I know there are aviation enthusiasts waiting. Incoming.


The helicopter (whatever model it is and I know you’ll tell me) has a very distinctive sound, a whapp, whapp, whapp sort of beat, and as there was a clay pigeon shoot going on at he gun club over the road it made an odd sound track for this bit of Derbyshire.

The helicopter skilfully and efficiently swooped down

Incoming 2-1

and was hooked up to it load

Heli lift  3-1

And off on to Kinder

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There was another helicopter in use, a little one (see I’m good at the detail ehh!)

Incoming 3-1

that was delivering a human cargo, when it had finished it parked up next to the road

Incoming 4-1

Here is a bit of an overview

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The green is a field that is managed and grazed, the black and brown, open moorland heather in its winter plumage, a summer shot of the area here. I’ve more images, but I’ll post them over at my Flicker page, other wise, Gerry over in Torch Lake will be waiting till the thaw for the page to load, and the dogs need a walk.

Last one

Incoming 5-1

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

19 thoughts on “Giving Nature a Lift

  1. It’s a HUEY!! Straight out of Apocalypse Now. Well I’m pretty certain it’s the civilian version the Bell UH-1. I left my anorak at work so I’m not sure. 🙂

  2. I like they way they are wearing hard hats…. as if that would protect them from a bunch of those bulk bags dropping from a height. What happens to the bags afterwards, they are really good for storing compost….. sorry….

  3. They are also carrying stone up to the plateau to restrict the flow of water along the groughs and reduce the erosion…. but maybe it says that in one of the links! I don’t think they lift as many bags when it’s stome!

  4. A really interesting and informative post, and great photos!
    Martin is right as it’s a German civil registered Bell 205, better known as a Huey (Iroquois) in US Army service. The distinctive sound is literally the plank like rotor blades slapping the air, which in the Vietnam war was called ‘ the sound of freedom’! It has been, and still is, in widespread civil and military use around the world for over 50 years.
    Here are six New Zealand Air Force ones photographed last year
    The small helicopter is a Robinson R44 which is this one, privately owned by someone in Halifax.

  5. A thoroughly comprehensive post.

  6. I just wonder if that ‘brash’ is the same as they used to cross Rannoch Moor when they put in the West Highland line. Which is the most scenic rail journey I have ever been on. It was also the most difficult part of the line to build.

    A long time since I heard a ‘Huey’ not since they closed the RAF base near us.
    Comforting sound.

  7. Wuff. Last thing I expected when I trotted over here was the unmistakeable sound of a Huey. That was the sound track of my youth. That is a part I do not miss one bit. What a remarkable project this is. I had to follow all the links, couldn’t resist, but the dogs do thank you for thinking of them . . . 🙂

  8. There are two large hospitals in town, a Level I trauma center with a burn unit, and a Level II with a heart surgery center and a children’s hospital. They both have heliports because hospitals of any size are pretty thin on the ground to the west of us (NM) and people are airlifted in from all over a 2-state area. I lived between them (3 blocks from one of them) for 20+ years, and the “Life Flight” helicopters would come roaring over my house at all hours of the day and night “life-flighting” people in for lifesaving care. So, the sound of helicopters has a particular meaning for me. I would always think of the poor patients and their families and hope everything worked out well for them.

  9. Great title, and very informative post. Thanks for researching ~ it’s amazing to learn what goes on to hopefully restore this area. I enjoyed reading the link explaining the background and goals.

  10. Well, that was different! I’ve been in big planes and little planes, but never a helicopter. The ones we tend to see are the bright yellow rescue ones bringing little patients to the Sick Kids hospital (oh, and the Sky News chopper when the Pope paid us a wee visit last summer!).

  11. My son told me the smaller helicopter was an R44 straight away, which was confirmed when I read some of the responses above. I should have believed him.

  12. I have to ask, are the white bags made of plastic? If so, do they dump the brash in the plastic or do they have people on the ground emptying them and then what do they do with all the plastic?

  13. Great photo story and thanks for the ‘brash’ definition! Love your blog.

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  15. The big fella is indeed a HUEY, in this case a Bell 205 with an updated tail rotor!

    The smaller one is a Robinson R44.

    Regarding a later comment about wearing of hard hats, it’s more for protection against the incoming hook, rather than several hundred kilos of brash bouncing of the head!

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