Yesterday my partner and I took a walk over local moorland in search of the mysterious grave of a packman or pedlar who had died there from exposure, or was murdered for the contents of his pack. No success although we were, according to my OS map in the correct place. Our search was in a small woodland strip surrounded by grazing pasture for one field breadth. Beyond quite extensive forestry where it was obvious clear felling was taking place. There was a broad unplanted valley before us by passing through there we could complete a circular walk around the outside of the forestry plantations. Here we were approached by a forestry worker who advised us about the dangers present while felling operations were taking place. Anyway in conversation with this gentleman we learned that 200 hectares of softwoods were being cleared due to imminent construction of yet another wind farm. Apparently planning had been refused for turbine towers the height requested by the power company, who were instead clear felling the whole area, some of which appeared to be only 20 year growing. Our forestry man said there would be little profit for his company in such small timber, and in fact he had recently worked on a similar project near Wick - that is clearing woodland for wind turbine construction.
Some where there must be a logic for this wasteful process- I however fail to understand it.
Incidently we saw at least six roe at a distance during the outing.