Volunteer seesions have resumed in Carpenters Wood with additional protocols and for groups of 6 or fewer. We would like to thank all the FOCW volunteers and our local neighbours who have picked up litter to keep Carpenters Wood looking beautiful over the Summer months.
A few of the bridleways are becoming overgrown with brambles whilst we have not been able to have working parties in the woods. We tackled one at our recent session:
Also, we made a start on the area damaged by fire back in July. We are hopeful that the larger trees will survive what must have been a very intense, but luckily very localised fire (thanks to the fire brigade for turning up promptly).
Those of us living within walking distance of Carpenters Wood during the lockdown have been able to see some Spring flowers, including lesser celandine
and the bluebells are just starting to flower.
Following advice from Three Rivers District Council, volunteer sessions have been cancelled until further notice. The woods themselves are, of course, still open for us all to enjoy.
Silver-washed fritillary have been seen again in Carpenters Wood. The eggs are laid on tree trunks and in the Spring move down the tree to feed on Dog Violets which are plentiful in Carpenters Wood. The butterflies were seen settling on the flowers of brambles.
Volunteers have been clearing some of the paths in the Hillas section of the wood. We still have more paths to clear and always welcome new volunteers to help!
Another Friend of Carpenters Wood has found some striking looking fungi enjoying the decaying broadleaf tree trunk:
And for the first time we have seen White Bryony in the Hillas section of the wood:
Owl, recently photographed in Carpenters Wood by Zac Pattison.
A few years ago, volunteers made and installed bat, owl & bird boxes for Carpenters Wood. (A location map for these is on this website) The smaller bird boxes have been used from the first year, and we have had evidence of bat and owl activity in the woods, but this is the first time anyone has shared a picture with us of an owl using one of the owl boxes (“Owl 3”).
The beautiful bluebells are out in Carpenters Wood. And maybe they have spread further into the woods this year.
Also flowering in Carpenters Wood is the rather less showy, but rarer, Coralroot bitter-cress.
Volunteers have been busy over the winter.
Reducing holly to improve light conditions:
Planting oak saplings grown from seeds collected in the woods:
Learning from Three Rivers District Council how to remove the lower branches from the smaller trees with our new saws:
And yet more holly!