Posts Tagged ‘Woodland’

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Walcot Woods

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Sunday 5th June

It was a damp morning which led directly into a damp afternoon but we didn’t mind as we were working indoors today, building bird boxes. The group had a succesful bird box building session last year and so we were asked to come back for more bird related DIY.

Despite my dodgy location instructions, everybody made it to site in the end. We welcomed 3 new people to the group, one of whom is working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and volunteer hours count towards this achievement.

The bird boxes come in a DIY style kit form. National Trust Ranger Chris had pre-cut timber to form the component parts of the box and we organised an assembly team (lots of noisy hammering and drilling). However, we were far too efficient today and Chris could barely keep up with our demand for more timber. We took a number of our completed birdboxes out into the nearby woods and attached them to trees so that the little birdies can have nice homes for next winter and beyond.

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Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th May

Continuing our succesful bank holiday outings, we find ourselves back at Dudmaston for some more rhoddie attack!

Day 1 – Saturday. Someone suggested having an early start today so we met at the earlier than usual time of 9am (John was so keen that he had been waiting at the car park with his bowsaw twitching at 8.15!). We were back to the same area of woodland as previously (see Easter Weekend), adjacent the ponds. It is pleasing to have to walk a little further each time, passing by the areas we have cleared on other workdays. Ron soon got the fire started and we worked throughout the morning, progressively clearing rhoddies from along the poolside. Given the early start, lunch seemed well deserved. With the exception of one rain shower, the weather was fine and allowed us to clear a larger than anticipated area.


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Roman Bank worksite

Wenlock Edge, Roman Bank, Saturday 30th April

Sunshine again. We love this site and it was particularly lovely today with bluebells in the woods and just the right mix of sunny spots and shade. We worked further down the ride from our last visit (see Sunday 13th March).

Both sides of the ride were overgrown and crowded with trees. We removed all the brash and cut down selected trees to open up the woodland floor. The effects of this work could clearly be seen at our previous work site with limestone loving wild flowers and plants making a welcome return. (more…)

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