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Barry retired in 2012. Barry has two older sons and two sons aged 12 and 15. Since his retirement Barry has assisted with the Humber Conservation Volunteers (HCV) mainly in the Immingham area developing the woods of Long Strip and Burkinshaw’s Covert into an attractive environment for flora and fauna.
During his time with HCV Barry has qualified to use a chain saw and strimmer. He has also learnt to hedge lay mainly Hawthorne and Blackthorn, a skill, which continues to come in handy at his own place.
Prior to 2017 Barry was a non-swimmer. However, an opportunity of a lifetime came up and Barry not only learnt to swim but also learnt to scuba dive at South Cave. Not long after Barry was able to travel to the Philippines to join on a Siren ship where he first went scuba diving. Since then Barry has dived in Indonesia, Thailand in the Red Sea and in 2021 is planning to go to Palau in the Pacific. Barry has dived on wrecks but his passion is the smaller fish communities in the reefs.
The highlights have been diving with Whale Sharks, Giant Manta, Sharks and Dolphins to name a few.
Barry is a keen cyclist and in 2018 completed both the Trans Pennine Way and the Way of the Roses. Barry has both a mountain bike and road bike, but he definitely prefers the MTB as it gets him in places (and scrapes!) the road bike won’t.
Barry is also a keen walker having completed the Yorkshire Three peaks four times and the National Three Peaks once in 24.5 hours.
The highlight was completing the High Haute Route across the Pennines from Chamonix to Zermatt in atrocious conditions, such that o one occasion we had to boil water to make a soup to keep us going.
In 2019, Barry also completed a skydive from 15,000 feet at Hibaldstowe Airfield.
Barry is involved in the rescue animals particularly ducks, chickens, ferrets, horses, sheep and guinea pigs.
Barry completes the wading bird counts for the British Trust for Ornithology once a month on his area of land near the Barton Clay Pits and the Humber foreshore between Barrow and Barton.
Barry is involved in developing a Designated Nature trail in the Barton area with the Humber Nature Partnership who are responsible for engaging with industries in the Humber area to ensure the balance between industry and Nature. H is also a member of the Barton Clay pits group who monitor the welfare of the pits and protect the area for its nature.
Barry is also a keen photographer but readily admits he has a lot to learn.
In 2020, the Wilberforce Lodge gave Barry’s wife a kilo of wild flower seed as a present. These have been sown recently with a view to developing a small meadow with lots of bee friendly flowers. Barry plans to attend a bee keepers course in autumn 2020 and acquire some hives for Spring 2021.
Barry plans to go on a bear watching trip this year, but sadly the pandemic has now meant he had to cancel this trip.
Come back soon and watch this space