Bluebells have arrived in time for Easter. Thank you to some of the Friends of Carpenters Wood for pictures taken today:
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.
Volunteers for the Friends of Carpenters Wood were joined by many volunteers from the Countryside Management Service (CMS) for our last work session of 2019.
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”).
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!