Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fixed Point Photography Report

The Fixed Point Photography project has been running since 2005 when it was set up by Steve Welch. Initially there were 50 points in and around Cannock Chase AONB, a further 6 added later. Steve is still involved in the project and co-ordinates volunteer photographers who take images twice a year at these selected points. The aim of the project is to monitor the condition of the area and illustrate what changes have take place over time. The point we most frequently highlight is the Peace Vista, in between the Commonwealth and German Cemeteries. The view should be one of open heathland, but over time self seeded pine trees have blocked the view.

A report to assess the project was commissioned in 2010 and a display showing some of the images taken over the 5 year period was also produced.

The report is in sections below due to the file size.

We now have a dedicated website for Fixed Point Photography www.ccaonbfpp.co.uk Thanks to Paul Massey for all his hard working setting this up.

Fixed Point Photography 1 Autumn

1 Toc H Viewing Platform (Credit Steve Welch Images) 2 Firewatch (Credit Steve Welch Images) 3 Brindley Heath (Credit Steve Welch Images) 4 Cannock No 5 (Credit Steve Welch Images) 5 Oldacre (Credit Steve Welch Images) 6a Peace Vista (Credit Steve Welch Images) 6b Peace Vista (Credit Steve Welch Images) 7 Sherbrook from Brocton Coppice (Credit Steve Welch Images) 8 Ansons Bank (Credit Steve Welch Images) 9 Ansons Bank (Credit Steve Welch Images) 10 Sherbrook from bench (Credit Steve Welch Images)

Fixed Point Photography 1 Winter

1 TocH Viewing Platform (Credit Steve Welch Images) 2 Firewatch (Credit Steve Welch Images) 3 Brindley Heath (Credit Steve Welch Images) 4 Cannock No 5 (Credit Steve Welch Images) 5 Old Acre (Credit Steve Welch Images) 6 Peace Vista (Credit Steve Welch Images) 7 Sherbrook from Brocton Coppice (panorama) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 8 Ansons Bank (Credit Steve Welch Images) 9 Ansons Bank (Credit Steve Welch Images) 10 Sherbrook from bench (Credit Steve Welch Images)

Fixed Point Photography 2 Autumn

11 Upper Oldacre (Credit Steve Welch Images) 12 Penkridge Bank (Credit Steve Welch Images) 13 Castle Ring north (Credit Steve Welch Images) 13b Castle Ring 14 Wolseley Bridge (Credit Steve Welch Images) 15 Weetmans Bridge (N) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 15b Weetmans Bridge (E) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 16a Tixall Gatehouse (Credit Steve Welch Images) 16b Tixall Wide (Credit Steve Welch Images) 17a Hickford Bridge (E) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 17b Hickford Bridge (W) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 18 Little Haywood (Credit Steve Welch Images) 19 Etching Hill (360) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 20 Stafford Brook Road (Credit Steve Welch Images) Stile Cop (Credit Steve Welch Images)

Fixed Point Photography 2 Winter

11 Upper Oldacre (Credit Steve Welch Images) 12 Penkridge Bank (Credit Steve Welch Images) 13 Castle Ring (Credit Steve Welch Images) 13b Castle Ring (Credit Steve Welch Images) 14 Wolseley Bridge (Credit Steve Welch Images) 15a Weetmans Bridge (Credit Steve Welch Images) 15b Weetmans Bridge (east) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 16a Tixall Gatehouse (Credit Steve Welch Images) 16b Tixall Wide (Credit Steve Welch Images) 17a Hickford Bridge (east) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 17b Hickford Bridge (west) (Credit Steve Welch Images) 18 Little Haywood (Credit Steve Welch Images) 19 Etching Hill (Credit Steve Welch Images) 20 Stafford Brook Road (Credit Steve Welch Images) Cardingmill Valley in the Shropshire Hills AONB on a crisp, sunny February morning. Discussions with National Trust staff at Cardingmill Valley.  (Credit Steve Welch Images) Heading for the Hills! (Credit: Steve Welch Images) Outside the John O'Leary Education Centre viewing the bird feeding station. Viewing the birds feeding by Freda's Grave. Views from the Heart of England Way signpost at the bottom of Sherbrook Valley. Partners networking (in the snow!) while looking for birds over Sherbrook Valley. Still looking for birds over Sherbrook Valley! The ruins of Beaudesert Hall.  This was the third of the awareness visits which took place in mid-March. Walking around Beaudesert as part of the site visit. Guided tour of the walled garden at Beaudesert Castle Ring from Beaudesert. Pottal Pool Quarry - conveyor transporting sand and gravel back to the plant for processing. Machines loading aggregates at the quarry. Boys and their toys! The wheel-wash in action as lorries leave the site. Pottal Pool and the surrounding restoration work. This picture shows the depth of the quarry working at Pottal Pool.

Fixed Point Photography 3 Autumn

21 Slitting Mill looking towards Stile Cop (Credit Steve Welch Images) 22 Stile Cop (Credit Steve Welch Images) 23 Gentleshaw Common (Credit Steve Welch Images) 24 Chase Terrace looking towards Gentleshaw (Credit Steve Welch Images) 25 Hayfield Hill (Credit Steve Welch Images) 26 Prospect Village (Credit Steve Welch Images) 27a Huntington Pit Mound (Credit Steve Welch Images) 27b Huntington Pit Mound (Credit Steve Welch Images) 28 Huntington Belt (Credit Steve Welch Images) 29 Shoal Hill(Credit Steve Welch Images) 30 Hatherton Park (Credit Steve Welch Images)

Fixed Point Photography 3 Winter

21 Slitting Mill to Stile Cop (Credit Steve Welch Images) 22 Stile Cop (Credit Steve Welch Images) 23 Gentleshaw Common (Credit Steve Welch Images) 24 Chase Terrace looking towards Gentleshaw (Credit Steve Welch Images) 25 Hayfield Hill (Credit Steve Welch Images) 26 Prospect Village (Credit Steve Welch Images) 27 Huntington Pit Mound (Credit Steve Welch Images) 28 Huntington Belt (Credit Steve Welch Images) 29 Shoal Hill (Credit Steve Welch Images) 30 Hatherton Park (Credit Steve Welch Images) One of our favourite feathered friends - the robin. (Credit: Chris Blackburn) Blue tit. (Credit: Chris Blackburn) Group of stags. (Credit: Chris Blackburn) Fallow Deer Stag. (Credit: Chris Blackburn) Herd of Fallow Deer. (Credit: Chris Blackburn)

Fixed Point Photography 4 Autumn

31a View of Brocton and Bednall looking north-west (Credit Steve Welch Images) 31b Brocton and Bednall looking south-west (Credit Steve Welch Images) 32 Vivians Wood (Credit Steve Welch Images) 33 Triumphal Arch, Shugborough (Credit Steve Welch Images) 34 Milford Common Car Park (Credit Steve Welch Images) 35 Milford Common (Credit Steve Welch Images) 36 Shugborough (Credit Steve Welch Images) 37 Blithbury Road, Colton (Credit Steve Welch Images) 38 Tixall Road, Lodge Covert (Credit Steve Welch Images) 39 Tackeroo (Credit Steve Welch Images) Red Deer near Bogmoor House, A34 (credit Jenny Surry) Red Deer near Bogmoor House, A34 (credit Jenny Surry) Red Deer near Bogmoor House, A34 (credit Jenny Surry)

Fixed Point Photography 4 Winter

31a View of Brocton and Bednall looking north-west (Credit Steve Welch Images) 31b View of Brocton and Bednall looking south-west (Credit Steve Welch Images) 32 Vivians Wood (Credit Steve Welch Images) 33 Triumphal Arch, Shugborough (Credit Steve Welch Images) 34 Milford Common Car Park (Credit Steve Welch Images) 35 Milford Common (Credit Steve Welch Images) 36 Shugborough (Credit Steve Welch Images) 37 Blithbury Road, Colton (Credit Steve Welch Images) 38 Tixall Road, Lodge Covert (Credit Steve Welch Images) 39 Tackeroo (Credit Steve Welch Images) Outside the John O'Leary Education Centre viewing the bird feeding station Viewing the birds feeding by Freda's Grave Views from the Heart of England Way signpost at the bottom of Sherbrook Valley Partners networking while looking for birds over the Sherbrook Valley Still looking for birds over Sherbrook Valley! One of our favourite feathered friends - the robin (Credit: Chris Blackburn) Cannock Chase AONB Partners meet with National Trust staff at Cardingmill Valley in Shropshire Hills AONB

Fixed Point Photography 5 Autumn

41 Seven Springs (Credit Steve Welch Images) 42 Brocton Village (Credit Steve Welch Images) 43 Satnall Hills Quarry (Credit Steve Welch Images) 44 Dunston (Credit Steve Welch Images) 45 Gailey Lea Lane (Credit Steve Welch Images) 46 Hatherton Footpath Junction (Credit Steve Welch Images) 47 Goosemoor Green (Credit Steve Welch Images) 48 Near Brocton (Credit Steve Welch Images) 49 Hill Ridware (Credit Steve Welch Images) 50 Hazel Slade and Rawnsley (Credit Steve Welch Images)

Fixed Point Photography 5 Winter

41 Seven Springs (Credit Steve Welch Images) 42 Brocton Village (Credit Steve Welch Images) 43 Satnall Hills Quarry (Credit Steve Welch Images) 44 Dunston (Credit Steve Welch Images) 45 Gailey Lea Lane (Credit Steve Welch Images) 46 Hatherton Footpath Junction (Credit Steve Welch Images) 47 Goosemoor Green (Credit Steve Welch Images) 48 Near Brocton (Credit Steve Welch Images) 49 Hill Ridware (Credit Steve Welch Images) 50 Hazel Slade and Rawnsley (Credit Steve Welch Images)