SWOG Events

RSPB – SWOG Meeting | 01st Aug, 2021

This long awaited real life meeting took place last Friday led by RSPB warden Phil Henderson. Having waited so long for it to happen, it was disappointing that I was ‘Pinged’ the night before and had to stay home isolating. Fortunately Phil had everything covered, Keith and Sheila took some photos and Heather scribed a few words to describe the day. Many thanks to them and all that attended to make this an enjoyable event.

Many thanks to Phil for a really excellent guided walk around the RSPB reserve and for encouraging and answering so many questions.

Following a circular route, it was fascinating to see the various management techniques currently being put in place to increase and maintain the range of flora and fauna – newly created large scallops, wide rides with tiered vegetation, thinned and coppiced areas. The most intriguing of all is the attempt to speed up the creation of deadwood. Will the imaginative variety of human-induced wounds to selected mature trees successfully result in the speedier formation of rot-holes and crevices? Only time and monitoring will tell and we look forward to hopefully hearing updates on this exercise.

Phil eloquently but concisely explained the methods and reasoning behind the very active management of the site and the involvement of teams of local volunteers. The latter had been busy pulling and stacking bracken and transferring green hay from one area to another – more experiments!

What a treat! Perfect weather, a group of smiling, unmasked, like-minded people to talk to and a beautiful wood to walk around that we hadn’t visited before.

Heather & Rod

Please let us know if you would like to host a meeting or you have any ideas to theme a meeting on.

Rich
[email protected]

RSPB Meeting | 22nd Jun, 2021

Phil Henderson from the RSPB has kindly offered members a walk around one of their managed woods near Battle in East Sussex.  He will be pointing out the management techniques they have been using in the woodland as a way of improving the habitat for bird life and the flora and fauna they rely on.

The meeting will be on  Friday 23rd of July, starting at 10 am promptly, a two hour circular walk of the wood then back to the meeting place where Phil will be available to answer any questions.  Please bring your own refreshments/lunch if required.  Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities on site, though of course plenty of trees, or stop in Battle on the way through https://www.toiletmap.org.uk/

Numbers are limited so please book early if we are oversubscribed there is a possibility of holding it again  later in the Autumn/early Winter. Details of the meeting place will be sent out by email prior to the meeting.

To book a place, email [email protected]

Richard Hare

SWOG Online Talks | 10th May, 2021

The birds and the bees

We hope to be able to arrange woodland meetings later in the year, but have recently hosted two very successful online presentations that are available on YouTube. Read more …

SWOG day at Sylva | 30th Sep, 2019

SWOG members are invited to an exclusive day of activities at the Sylva Wood Centre, including a workshop in online mapping and a tour of the centre. Read more …

SWOG meeting, National Forest | 04th Apr, 2019

11 May 2019  11am–3pm
We are delighted that Daniel Small, Woodland Management Officer in the National Forest, is going to lead a SWOG meeting in the National Forest. Read more …

Mosses in Nottinghamshire | 14th Feb, 2019

An Introduction to Mosses and Liverworts Notts Wildlife Trust
Saturday 23rd February at Rushcliffe Country Park Classroom, 11am-4pm.
Followed by two field sessions, the first of which is on 2 March Read more …

RFS Winter Courses | 17th Dec, 2018

Back by popular demand!

The Royal Forestry Society has unveiled its 2019 training courses, with the tricky topic of Winter Tree ID kicking off the season on 22 February. Read more …

Managing pests and diseases – a chance to feed your views into policy | 07th Nov, 2018

Forest Research are working to provide Defra with evidence from different kinds of woodland owners and managers, including owners of small woodlands, about how they are/are not dealing with recent outbreaks of tree pests and diseases, such as ash dieback, and how they might be planning to deal with the threat of potential future outbreaks.

The information collected will be used by Defra and partner agencies to help develop policy options for tree health as the UK leaves the European Union.

Forest Research is planning a series of meetings around the country over the next couple of months. They will focus on the views of a specific group of woodland owners/managers.  Information about the meetings will be shared with stakeholders as they are organised. Group discussions will focus on managers of trees in the urban and peri-urban environment including owners and managers of small woods.

Bristol and Bath area.

Monday 26 November The Golden Guinea, Guinea Street, Bristol,7pm-9pm over a pie and a pint

Wednesday 28 November 12pm-2pm The Assembly, Old Market, Bristol, working lunch

Oxford

Monday 10 December 10:30-15:00 the Oxford Martin School

For more information or to sign up to participate in either of these meetings please contact Bianca Ambrose on [email protected] or tel: 0777 587 0865

If you would like to participate by contributing your views but are unable to come to either of these meetings, please get in touch with Bianca as there may be other ways you could contribute.

Butterflies at Flatropers | 29th Jul, 2018

The White Admirals were out in force in the glorious July weather, when Alice Parfitt, Reserves Manager of the Sussex Wildlife Trust guided a group of SWOG members round Flatropers Wood Nature Reserve. She described the work that Sussex Wildlife  has carried out to encourage butterflies and birds in the woodland. Flatropers is managed by the Trust with the help of volunteers, who record wildlife and work to keep paths and tracks clear for visitors.

Birds and butterflies in Flatropers Wood | 09th Jul, 2018

Flatropers Wood, Rye, Sussex  14 July 10.30am-1.30pm
A guided walk with Alice Parfitt of the Sussex Wildlife Trust through Flatropers Wood, 37 hectares of mixed woodland, rides and paths. Refreshments will be available next door in the wood of SWOG members Dominic and Wendy Eldred-Earl. Alice will discuss the successful management of Flatropers for butterflies and birds and provide advice for woodland owners. Email [email protected] to book a place.

SWOG meeting Nottinghamshire | 11th May, 2018

Butterflies in the Midlands – SWOG meeting
We are delighted to be able to run another meeting about managing woodlands for butterflies, this time in the Midlands.

Thanks to owners in Cotgrave Forest and Ben Driver from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, there will be a SWOG meeting at Cotgrave, Notts at 2pm on Saturday 23 June.

Ben Driver of the Notts Wildlife Trust will conduct a guided walk to spot butterflies and talk about woodland management for butterfly conservation.

Please email [email protected] to attend.

European Protected Species Training | 28th Mar, 2018

European Protected Species (EPS) Training Events

Booking essential – £50 per person (including refreshments and lunch)                              

The Forestry Commission is holding a series of EPS training events to update woodland agents, contractors and owners in recent changes to EPS legislation and good practice guidance. Read more …

Butterfly Workshop 30th July | 18th Aug, 2017

The last in our series of butterfly workshops was held at Combwell, an SSSI  (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in the heart of the High Weald of Kent.  It was well attended by about 18 owners and other interested parties who enjoyed a breezy, but mostly sunny and dry tour of the woods. Read more …

Butterfly Workshop 23rd July | 24th Jul, 2017

If our last workshop at Plattershill proved to be the perfect conditions for spotting and identifying butterflies, this weekends event was almost exactly the opposite.  It was promising sunshine as I drove along the bottom of the South Downs to the event at a woodland close to the village of Small Dole in  the Adur Valley, however as soon as we got out of our cars it was rain jackets on as it started to drizzle, then fluctuated between a light rain and heavy mist for the rest of the afternoon. Read more …

Butterfly Workshop 2nd July | 06th Jul, 2017

Last Sunday saw the first of a series of SWOG and Butterfly Conservation joint workshops.   About a dozen SWOG members, owners and other interested parties joined us at Plattershill Wood in West Sussex on a close to perfect day for spotting butterflies.  It was warm and sunny with a very light breeze.  If  anything it was a little too hot early on, but as the afternoon went by, it cooled slightly making it ideal for spotting and identifying butterflies. Read more …

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