Saturday, 17 December 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
www.coppicing.com has lots of additional information and illustrated examples of good practice.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
I wish I knew more about mushrooms and fungi, their names in particula
Saturday, 29 October 2011
While I was taking these photos, a few starlings were enjoying the last of the sloe and blackberries in the hedgerow.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Our smart new notice board is in place at the entrance to the wood. James has cut the paths, so as the weather forecast is reasonable, we are ready to rake the rides this Saturday morning (10th) starting at 10.30.
Please bring a wheelbarrow, rake and a drink. We shall be providing a variety of cakes! Everyone welcome.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
When we had completed our mini-beast home, we invited our enthusiastic workers, (the children in class 3 and 4) to enter a competition to think of a name for our new 'des res' and design an explanatory poster to display to all the woodland wanderers.
THE WINNERS ARE...
Lauren Diduca for 'Beastly Towers'.
Lily Shirred for her well thought out design (shown above).
We hope you all enjoyed your prizes!
Thursday, 23 June 2011
They pushed hay, straw and crunched up egg trays into the middle and then began to make interesting holes and routes into our construction, to make easy access for the future residents.
With a roof on top, and lots of different gaps and spaces, I think everyone has done a jolly good job. Let's hope the mini beasts think so too!
These people helped us with this project. Hilary Furlong found the pallets, which were given to us by Andy Barnes. Parents gave us the internal fitments. Badgers, guided by Mrs Burdiss, completed the building with gusto! Thank you .
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
The Privet and Lime Hawk-moths were magnificent. Taking photos was tricky and the images don't reflect their true beauty.
The evening was summed up in an email from John, a member of the group
"Just a note to say thank you for organising last night’s moth hunt. It was a most enjoyable evening and the hot dogs and soup were delicious! The sight of the privet hawk moth will stay with us a long while!
We would like to thank Tony for giving us a splendid evening.
There are over 2,000 species of British moths and Tony Prichard has photos of many of them on his website. It's well worth a look!
As promised, Tony has sent a list of the moths that we looked at during the evening.
0014 Hepialus humuli ~Ghost Moth. 00 17 Hepialus lupulinus~ Common Swift. 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana. 1082 Hedya pruniana~Plum Tortrix. 1333 Scoparia pyralella. 1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie. 1727 Xanthorhoe montanata ~Silver-ground Carpet. 1782 Horisme tersata ~Fern. 1825 Eupitheciacentaureata~Lime speck Pug. 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata ~Brimstone Moth. 1976 Sphinx ligustri ~Privet Hawk-moth. 1979 Mimas tiliae ~Lime Hawk-moth. 2089 Agrotis exclamationis ~Heart & Dart 2107 Noctua pronuba ~Large Yellow Underwing. 2126 Xestia c-nigrum ~Setaceous Hebrew Character. 2128 Xestia triangulum ~Double Square-spot. 2194 Mythimna albipuncta ~White-point .2337 Oligia strigilis~ Marbled Minor. 2339 Oligia latruncula ~Tawny Marbled Minor. 2387 Caradrina morpheus ~Mottled Rustic. 2477 Hypena proboscidalis ~Snout
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
The school won the football tournament, the weather was dry (for most of the time, we were able to give our treasurer some profit from our stall and the raffle prize winners were cheerfully surprised!
James Hitchcock is looking forward to afternoon tea at Hintlesham Hall.
Margaret Nelson will enjoy using the eco-friendly contents of her Buckle's Wood Bag.
David Cross will use his binoculars to look for his lost golf balls.
Liam Glennon will be able to use his wind up torch on the Moth Hunt in Buckle's Wood on the 31st May, with Tony Prichard as our guide.
Thursday, 12 May 2011
After weeks of sunshine and no rain, the prospect of heavy showers for this year's fete on Saturday, is not good. But we shall be there with our gazebo, hoping that the rain lands on Buckle's Wood and not on the meadow.
There will be super prizes to be won in our raffle and lots of bargains on the nearby stall belonging to the school's recycling centre.
Numbers will be limited, so if you would like to join in with the fun send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Many people had not visited Buckle's Wood before and were impressed by our achievements. Members of the committee have worked hard to ensure a successful event, so a big thank you to Fiona and Pam (hunt and Easter egg organisers), Jackie, Caroline, Alison and other refreshment providers, and last but not least, Maria and Wheaten Mill for providing the raffle prizes.
Friday, 8 April 2011
The sun was peeping out every now and then as I wandered around the wood, admiring the lovely display of flowers on the blackthorn bushes in the hedgerow. There were lots of bumble bees hovering along the ground, looking for suitable holes to lay their eggs and a Peacock butterfly was sunning itself by the side of the ride. Let's hope that Saturday morning on the 16th April will be sunny and warm, for our EASTER EGG HUNT. It starts at 10.30 (meet at the village hall) and finishes, with a raffle and refreshments The following evening was warm and windless. A good time to see if the barn owl was about. No barn owl, but a lovely sunset!
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
some smaller birds sheltered in there when the weather was really bad.
All the sticks and debris left by previous occupants (not Barn Owls) have been cleared by Roger's ornithologist friend. Perhaps the pair of Barn Owls that were hunting over the wood on Monday will be tempted to make this their home, although they might be put off by at least two people aiming cameras at them!
For those people who want to encourage more birds to nest in their garden, this page on the BTO site might be useful.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
We shall be laying our next section of hedge on
Saturday 12th Feb, starting at 10 o'clock.
There is a "how to do it" video clip on this very interesting
site about woodlands.
The length of layed hedge needs tidying up and we want to
find a suitable spot for a pond or boggy area. This year we want
encourage a greater variety of wild life into our woodland.