There was a breeze in the air on the 28th of July 2018 which was a refreshing change to the extreme heat we had been experiencing. 15 volunteers arrived on site to help with some woodland management.

As we crossed the bridge and entered the woodland sparrowhawks were calling through the tops of the canopy, and seen throughout the day soaring above and darting through the trees.

However, the aim of the day was not to watch these magnificent birds, but help tackle the masses of self seeded sycamores that can potentially overtake the woodland dramatically reducing the ability of the woodland to support wildlife. Sycamores, compared to other species such as oak and hazel can not support the same amount wildlife such as invertebrates, therefore our aim is manage the site so that other trees such as oaks, hazels, hawthorn, yews and elms have a good opportunity to thrive.

We also helped to ‘halo’ one of the largest oak trees on the site which must be approximately two hundred years old. This is a well-practised conservation technique that give the tree more room to grow, woodland herbivores such as roe deer would have carried out similar tasks in a more natural setting.

It was a great day and we would like to thank all the volunteers who came along to lend a hand.