Welcome to the Great Wood Blog

This Blog allows visitors to keep up to date with news and events at the Great Wood. If you like the pictures shown here, you can click on them to see a larger image.

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Planting hornbeam shoots

Last Friday we continued planting new hornbeam shoots to strengthen the boundary with the camp where the old hornbeams have been ‘laid’. With all the recent snow and rain, the ground conditions were not good, but this did make planting easier.

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Seen at Redstart’s Corner

An oak branch provides a home for funghi, lichen and moss.

The bracken may be dead, but a few evergreen ferns grow on a mossy bank on Grimes Brook.

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Winter images

Following on from the Autumn images below, some more HDR images of the wood in winter.

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More badgers

Last summer I found a track on the west side of the wood that bore all the signs of being an animal track. In November I set up the Trailcam to see if I could record anything. Aside from the inevitable squirrels and bird activity, a badger was captured on two successive nights. The clip below starts with a sequence of bird activity during daylight, then the two shorts clips of night time badger.


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Autumn images

A gallery of colour-enhanced images of the wood in autumn. (For the technically minded, these have been created as HDR images from three separate exposures).

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Website update

Over the summer, I have created a new section on Trees and Shrubs in the wood. You can find it here.

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A difficult fell

Some trees just don’t want to come down easily….

Tree gets hung up, so has to be taken apart in pieces.
Eventually, it required winching out.
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White Admiral

Captured yesterday on the Blue Trail at Brook Glade (West). Only had my pocket camera, so quality not up to usual standard!

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More images from the Trailcam

More Trailcam footage, including badgers, owls and muntjacs.

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Butterflies

The current heatwave has brought out a mass of butterflies. As well as the regular explosion of Ringlets, Meadow Browns and Whites, there are also a large number of Purple Hairstreaks, often seen as a small grey butterfly flying higher in the trees than the majority of butterflies:

As always, the star attraction is the Purple Emperor; I saw a pair flying high at the usual location.

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