Our evening’s butterfly count results showed quite a various number of different species present. People recorded large whites, small whites, green-veined whites, commas, jersey tiger moths, red admirals and speckled woods.
Below is a photo of a jersey tiger moth captured by one of the evening’s volunteers.
We will continue the survey once again on the next volunteer morning on Saturday, 7th August, starting at the usual time of 10:00. You can download the app or ID chart and come along and do a survey www.butterfly-conservation.org
Our 3rd event of the year saw another 20 or so volunteers and committee members turn up, as well as new, local residents who had never been to the woodland before!
The main focus was in the mini-glade area, as you walk up the steps towards the main glade. Three sycamore trees were felled to allow for more light to enter the area, in order to benefit the oak trees and hedge plants. The felled trees were cut in to smaller pieces, which will either be used as path edging or for small seats in the glade. Very useful for children to sit and listen to Richard Sylvester’s story telling!
Other activity in this included the preparation of a trench next to the footpath so that school children can plant the hedge saplings in the next few days.
Plant-wise, the snowdrops have finished flowering, but the primroses are going strong, and the bluebells are also growing well. The Lords-and-Ladies (Arum maculatum) are also growing well and spreading nicely. This native British plant is common in woodlands and other shady areas.
Finally, the bees were rather quite early in the morning, but as the morning advanced, a little activity was seen, although later in the morning, around midday when the temperature had risen, you could see them flying around the hives.
Our pear trees (see photo) are starting to come in to bud, see photo below. Let’s hope this year’s fruit crop is as good as last year’s.
This morning’s event was another exciting and very productive session, with around 2 dozen existing and new members turning up.
As always, the removal of invasive bramble and ivy took place, with lots of help working in the “mini-glade”, on your left-hand side as you walk up the steps towards the main area. A large 8 foot high and wide buddleia was removed. While good for butterflies, it’s an invasive plant which was swamping the planted bluebells.
Also removed was ivy around the bases of trees and putting up of new bird boxes.
The bees in hive 1 were “a hive of activity” (every pun intended!!).
Bluebells were looking good, and snowdrops were nicely in flower. Primroses were discovered under ivy and were expanding their range; plants for free! And a foxglove was also found which hadn’t been planted, exciting stuff!
In the area near the entrance, hazel coppicing took place.
Our 1st volunteer morning session of 2020 was a packed
event! Even at quiet moments like this
there were plenty of activities.
Continuing on from last month’s work was bird box
cleaning and maintenance. Committee
member Richard Sylvester and 2 other volunteers in the accompanying photos can
be seen in repairing bird boxes before replacing them.
As always, there’s no shortage of weeding. The area
around the main entrance was starting to be taken over my nettles and brambles,
so work was done here, as well as general tidying up. Well-rotted leaf mulch was taken from here
and added to our composting area.
Also continuing from last month’s work was tree clearing of smaller shrubs to create more light, as well as removing ivy at the bases of trees. Dead, fallen branches were added to our wood piles in the smaller glade area. After the increased production of honey earlier this year, jars were available for sale. By the end of the day over £50 of sales had been made!