Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sheila Puts Barns in the Picture ; Peak in the Wild Practice with Roly Smith with LIAM CREEDON

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sheila Puts Barns in the Picture ; Peak in the Wild Practice with Roly Smith with LIAM CREEDON

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tiger stripes, but once disturbed the Jersey Tiger reveals a whirr of crimson - equally as dramatic as anything produced by the brashest of British butterflies.

SHEILA Hines farms the 195-acre Thorneyleigh Farm at Merebrook, in the shadow of the bristling gritstone ridge of the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands, with her husband, David. It's the family farm and the Hines have been there for decades.

But apart from their herd of 115 Friesian dairy cattle, Sheila's real passion is photography.

Jersey "I have always taken photographs," she told me.

"It's such an amazing landscape round here and I've always wanted to record it."

This performance used to be an incredibly rare spectacle confined to a tiny corner of Devon. But, in the space of just 20 years, climate change has seen the Jersey Tiger take to the skies and spread across large swathes of the UK after staying dormant in Devon for a century. The moth is now even commonly seen in central London, bringing an exotic splash of colour to the drab grey of the inner- city.

The latest way that Sheila has achieved that ambition is a stunning new book - Field Barns of the Peak District - a beautifully- produced celebration of the variety and range of these traditional storage buildings and animal shelters throughout the Peak.

But the handsome book is much more than that. It is also a cri de coeur for the conservation and preservation of these distinctive buildings, at a time when they are often surplus to modern farmers' requirements.

That the Jersey Tiger is something of a show-off should come as little surprise for it is a member of arguably the most flamboyant moth family in the UK - the tiger moths. Tigers are generally large and strikingly coloured. They boast eye-catching patterns and, happily, a "These barns are a fair few of them can be easily found in our back gardens.

vitally-important component of the landscape," explained Sheila."But many are falling into disrepair, and once they lose their roofs, it's not long before they can disappear.

Self-confessed moth fanatic Les Hill, who collects official records of moth sightings for Dorset, explains: "Tiger this charismatic family is the focus of Moth Night 2013 - the annual celebration of moths and moth recording. …

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