Working Parties

With the breeding season upon us, we have not been felling trees. Other work takes centre stage, such as using our new winch to clear away obstructions from the paths and splitting logs for sale.

winchsplitter

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Spring images

Spring has finally arrived, although the wood is taking a long time to dry out. Here are some images taken in recent weeks.

Comma butterfly

IMG_5618s-1200x752Wood Anemone

IMG_5626s-1200x836Lesser Celandine

IMG_5627s-1200x778Violet

IMG_5630s-1200x750Peacock Butterfly

IMG_6102s-1200x722Muntjac (not a bambi, but a bit of a menace in the woods)

IMG_6105s-1200x805Bluebells (note how the leaves have been eaten, see image above for likely culprit)

IMG_6114s-1200x965Blue Tit at nest

IMG_6106s-1200x1018Green-Veined White butterfly

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Winter Images

Once again, I’m rather late in updating this blog, but here are some images from the Wood during the recent cold winter.

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Catch Up

I haven’t posted anything in recent months, so here is a catch-up on activities.

The Dormice monitoring didn’t find any Dormice, unfortunately. But the boxes were found to have been used by insects, birds and a pair of field mice, see above.

In recent months, we have had assistance from the Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust. This has helped considerably with the major project to clear the invasive Sycamore around the Yellow Trail to the east of the Cottage. This will create a more open glade where one can admire the grove of mixed Ash and Oak.

We have also been thinning out the Birch trees in the ‘Heather Glade’ to the north of the car park. Here is Howard bringing down one of the very tall specimens.

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Guided Walk – 29th July 2012

The Friends group is leading a guided walk in the wood on Sunday 29th July at 2.30pm. This is a good opportunity to come for a walk in the wood and  learn about its diversity of wildlife, its history and how it is currently being managed. Meet at the car park. Bring binoculars if you are interested in birds or butterflies. Bring suitable footwear as the wood is very muddy at present. The walk should last about 2 hours (but if you’d like to leave before this, that’s fine). We hope to serve refreshments after the walk back at the Office.
Donations to the Friends Group £2 (under 16s free)
More information from 01707 873778

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Butterflies 2012

The wet weather has held back the butterflies this year. May and June were very disappointing. The annual eruption of Ringlets is now however in full swing and good numbers of  Meadow Browns are also to be seen. Yesterday I saw a magnificent Silver-Washed Fritillary, below. Purple Emperors have been reported at their usual location. I have updated the butterflies page with some of this year’s sightings.

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Winch Training

Today, along with members from other groups, several of the Friends Group were trained in the use of winches.

Ken tries his hand with the winch.

This birch was lifted bodily off the ground before it wanted to pull away from the oak where it was ‘hung up’. But eventually it came down!

Howard tries a slightly easier example – a slim hornbeam is brought to the ground.

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St Marks Fly

In recent days, anyone walking along the rides in the wood cannot have missed the eruption of St Marks Flies. They are very black and have very noticeable dangling back legs.

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Yet more rain!

The paths in the woods may be waterlogged with the rain, but the upside is that all the brooks and even normally dry gullys are full of water, which adds to the sounds in the wood.

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A break in the rain

I took advantage of the respite in the rain yesterday to carry out the butterfly transects for the week. The warm 19°C and sun brought out the early Orange Tip butteflies – 12 seen in all over the two transects. Photos can be seen here.

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