Sunday, 30 November 2008

A Winter's Activity

We hope to have another hedge laying session in the new year and will have an instructor to hand, to remind previous participants and help novice workers!

We had positive feedback from our first two workshops and the growth along the new hedge is thick and strong, making a good, protective habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Please contact the management group if you are interested in joining us, before Christmas, if possible.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Flutter by, Butterflies

Mark Nowers, the RSPB Warden at Wolves Wood, has suggested that we should monitor the number and species of butterflies that have been attracted into our woodland. The best way to do this would be to carry out a butterfly transect between the Months of April to October next year and he has given us the link below for more information.

The survey is done once a week, so we are looking for some volunteers, with sufficient knowledge, or willing to learn more about butterflies, who could undertake this. Mark has offered to advise us and help set this up, so please contact me if you are interested.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Ready for winter

This year has been rounded off with the completion of a number of projects.
Hilary Furlong liaised with James Buckle, who offered to lend us a couple of his men and some logs to create our outdoor classroom in the school's planting area.
The small areas of ground that we prepared earlier in the year were filled with a large selection of wild flowers.
The school's tree nursery was emptied, to make room for seeds and small saplings, to be garnered this later this term. The sturdy trees from the nursery were used to replace dead trees in the wood and the remainder will be heeled in, to over winter in our vegetable patch.
We have done a bit of tidying up. Everything is looking good AND the barn owl is back!
Thanks everyone for your help.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Bring rakes and wheelbarrows too.

The plants are ordered. The rides have been cut. The young trees in the school's tree nursery have grown well and the strongest ones will be used to replace the dead trees in the wood.There will be lots to do-- planting the wild flowers, raking the rides and gathering up the cut grass and replacing the dead trees. Members of the Management Group will prepare for all the activities beforehand so that when the helpers can start working when they arrive at 10 o'clock.