THE CASCADING waterfall at Janet’s Foss in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is normally a spectacular sight in all weathers. The exception, however, is this summer after it slowed to a barely discernible trickle.
Yet, while the heatwave is good news for the region’s tourism industry, it’s less so for the natural environment and scores of stranded fish at this particular spot were only saved by the quick-thinking actions of farmer Johnny Hartnell.
A wild swimming enthusiast, he – and fellow farmer Malcolm Wilson – set about catching dozens of fish and moving them to deeper waters where, hopefully, they will prosper until the rain does finally arrive.
Public spiritedness at its best, it’s also a salutary reminder about the importance of monitoring conditions and either taking action, or alerting the authorities, when wildlife is imperilled. After all, the Dales – which give so much pleasure to so many people – are very much defined by their flora and fauna.