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                          Newsletter - April 2015

Dear Friend

Spring is well and truly here! There are magnificent displays of wood anemones, primroses, celandines, wild cherry, blackthorn and catkins in the wood, with the bluebells adding to the display of colour. Large patches of wood sorrel are also to be seen. Now that there is more light in the wood as a result of thinning work in recent years, bird song is more evident. But also in store for later in the year are hundreds of thriving foxgloves waiting to come into flower, in areas of the wood which have been cleared of invasive brambles. So head down to the wood soon to enjoy what nature has on offer for you! Much of this reflects work done in recent years to build upon the inheritance of Hagg Wood of ancient woodland indicator species that in the past has been obscured by dense patches of bramble and other invasive plants. In recent months we have cleared large parts of the bluebell area of bramble, with the help of The Conservation Volunteers. We have also recently opened up the Millennium area to more light and made more space around the growing oak trees that were planted in the community event that we organised back in the year 2000. We have been hard at work too in the Jubilee area on the right of the stone track after the Intake Lane entrance, and in the Breathing Places area along the track to the left of the entrance, keeping the brambles and rhododendron at bay to enable our more recent plantings of native deciduous trees and shrubs to flourish. The Crater area has received similar attention on our monthly conservation working parties. The Crater area will benefit too from the removal soon of more conifers, giving it more light and space to further enhance its attractions to birdlife, invertebrates and other wildlife around its ponds. Dozens of new tadpoles are already finding life there enjoyable! Further work to improve drainage elsewhere in the wood is also promised by the Forestry Commission this summer.

Indoors our next main event is our AGM, at which Dr Colin Beale will be giving us an illustrated presentation on how climate change is affecting wildlife both locally and globally. Colin in his own research work has studied its impact on common migrant birds such as Northern wheatears, which breed in northern Europe, and on the beautiful natural environments of Tanzania and the Serengeti. His talk will immediately follow our AGM.

The Agenda for the formal business at the AGM can be viewed here.  If you would like to stand for the committee, or nominate another member for the committee, please send your nominations to me at  davidmays10@gmail.com by 13th May 2014. If you wish to propose an amendment to the Constitution please refer to paragraph 9 of our Constitution,

We continue to need your support, so please do renew your annual subscription  (see membership form).  We have once again kept our subscription fees unchanged at one of the lowest for many local organizations, and paying now will give you membership until 31st May 2016.


        With all good wishes


        Dr David Mayston



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