Sunday 27 February 2011

Brook Wood doings

Brook Wood is full of mud and green shoots! We have protested about the drainage work that has blocked a footpath. Meanwhile, spring approaches apace - a surprisingly nice number of Lesser Celandine leaves are emerging in clumps both in the wood and along the streamside, plus a few Bluebells.  - George

Valley birds

A walk down the lower valley on Saturday found a Buzzard circling low near Dancing Bridge, plus 40 Redwing. Also the unusual sight of a pair of Jays flying over the flooded River Wheelock above the village bridge - rare to see them in the open (except in October when they collect acorns)!  - George

Saturday 19 February 2011

Explorers finds! (& see pics below)

Our explorers today were surprised not to find the (now demolished!!) Fairfield Avenue garages, but found quite a few early season creatures: Garden and Brown-Lipped Snails, shoots of Pignut and Yellow Iris, Hazel catkins; and birds - Blue-Tit, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, and an odd glimpse of Goldfinch and Bullfinch for one or two!  - George

Brook Wood Explorer Session-19th Februrary

The weather was grey and overcast, but that didn't stop several volunteers and two families joining together in Brook Wood to explore the area. Numerous bags of litter were removed throughout the sesssion as well as several larger pieces of rubbish.

The families made some bird feeders to take home and hang in their gardens...

Before heading off to explore more with George and Andrew...

Returning very muddy but with lots of enthusiasm for building a bug hotel with Dick...

Many thanks to everybody who attended the event, we will be holding similar sessions in the near future so follow the blog to keep updated.