Archive for 2008

Newsletters Nov 2008 | 30th Dec, 2008

The November newsletter is available below. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the list to get these by email. The December one is too big to put on the site!

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Butterfly conservation work party | 28th Dec, 2008

On the last Sunday of each month, Steve Wheatley (Rother Butterfly conservation) has a work party morning in Beckley woods.  Mike and I went along this morning, (Dec 28th)

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Wet woodland | 17th Dec, 2008

Sussex wildlife trust have sent us an excellent paper on wet woodlands.

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An introduction to grey squirrel control | 17th Dec, 2008

Sunday 1 February 2009 – in a woodland near Northiam, East Sussex.

The forestry commission has a grey squirrel policy and action statement setting out a framework for controlling grey squirrels.  In the publication the forestry commission states “The grey squirrel represents a serious and growing threat to our native woodlands and priority species”.

John Bailey a conservationist from Sussex environmental pest solutions will be delivering a practical day with an aim to inform woodland owners of the damage caused by Grey Squirrel to woodland conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. The talk will also touch on the deer management in small woodlands.

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SWOG photo competition | 09th Dec, 2008

Coming up soon!

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A photo competition for SWOG members, with great prizes and winning photos published in Living Woods magazine.

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Coppicing course, Worcestershire by Phil | 02nd Dec, 2008

I will be running a coppicing course on the weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2009 at Ravenshill Woodland Reserve, Alfrick, Worcestershire.

The course is an introduction to coppicing for people who have no experience at all or volunteer’s who have a little experience but would like to gain more knowledge.

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Woodland Archaeology by David Brown | 25th Nov, 2008

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A few years back this bloke bought a small wood just outside Heathfield. He knew nothing about looking after a wood – he hadn’t really thought this through, but he decided it could be good fun, so he bought it. A few years and a storm later he noticed there were a number of rather odd flat areas dotted around the wood, and wondered if people had been quarrying there or something. Then he found some pieces of rock in the stream which looked as though they had been in some sort of furnace because they looked as though they’d been molten once.

(this pond is in a quarry in a wood)

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Why I love working in a wood – by Nick Lear | 22nd Nov, 2008

How do you explain why you like golf or running marathons? You can’t. Not to someone who doesn’t get it. But working in a wood – now that’s a different matter altogether. As I filled the wheelbarrow this morning, I began to think of all the reasons I love it so.

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Heather and Rod's wood | 17th Nov, 2008

Mike and I enjoyed a walk around Heather and Rod’s wood last Sunday. What a wonderful and varied woodland they have!

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SWOG meeting and bats | 14th Nov, 2008

The SWOG meeting on the 8th November was a great success. We had about 50 members attend and were especially pleased to have Phil Tidey and Judy Walker from the Small Woods Association join us.

Patrick Roper gave us a fascinating presentation on coppice and conservation which will soon be available on line. David King from Batbox brought in some bats and gave an excellent introducion to bats and their habitat.

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Making a charcoal kiln, by Sean | 11th Nov, 2008

Give me that hacksaw, I’m gonna make some charcoal!

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Taking care of dormice and butterflies | 29th Oct, 2008

One of the endless topics that woodland owners has is managing woodland for wildlife. Creating wildlife areas for one creature has an impact on another! Today I went for a walk with Steve Wheatley from Butterfly conservation and Ian White from PTES (dormice officer – great title!) to talk about some of the issues.

Mike and I have started to coppice along the rides, to let more light into the woods.

We started this with Butterflies in mind….
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October Newsletter | 28th Oct, 2008

The October newsletter is available here, if you didn’t get it – and it contains articles on hand tools, an update from Butterfly conservation as well as training courses.
Let me know if you would like the newsletter emailed to you

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Coppice harvesting efficiency – part 3 | 25th Oct, 2008

On the last day of the coppice course, David showed us loads of good tricks using ropes to assist with tree felling. It was much easier than I expected, quicker and safer- not to mention loads of fun pulling huge trees over with no effort! (Click here for part 1 and here for part 2.)

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This was a using a ‘figure of 8’

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Coppice harvesting efficiency – part 2 | 22nd Oct, 2008

Chainsaws can be pretty heavy tools and, as with any tool, if we use it incorrectly we can end up with very sore backs and arms. As I mentioned in the Part 1 – the most important thing we learned on this course was how to bench a log and land trees on it. Here are some pictures of Mike using a bench to land the tree,

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