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                                              Friends of Hagg Wood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Newsletter - May 2009

                   Dear Friend,


We have had a busy time again this year, both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, we have had stimulating illustrated talks on Plants, Bugs and Beasties by Steve Ashby and on Restoring Howsham Mill by another FHW member, Chris Fawdington, as well as sharing in the superb photography of local ornithologist Terry Weston. Outdoors, we have been on energetic cycle rides to Buttercrambe and Brick Pond, New Earswick, visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, planted lots of new tree sapling in Hagg Wood and carried out much other conservation work in the wood on our monthly working parties. This includes ensuring that the oaks we, and local school children, planted in the Millennium area in the year 2000 are flourishing and not too closely impeded by the nurse crop of silver birch which surrounds them. Our conservation work has again helped to produce a magnificent display of bluebells, wood anenomes and primroses in the wood again for you to enjoy this Spring, and a sight not to be missed! The Hedgerow Survey around Dunnington, under the expert supervision of Barry Wright, has been steadily making progress, but let Linda know on 489127 if you would like to help. .  A recent survey of bird life in the wood is now available for you to inspect in Dunnington Public Library

Our Spring events programme continues apace. On Wednesday 27th May at 8pm in Dunnington Reading Room, we have what promises to be a very enjoyable illustrated talk entitled Exploring Pocklington Canal on an interesting part of our local environment by Sheila Nix MBE, the Secretary of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society. We will start this session with our FHW Annual General Meeting.  If you would like to stand for the committee, or nominate another member for the committee, please email your nominations to me at  davidmays@onetel.com by 13 May 2009.   If you wish to propose an amendment to the Constitution, please refer to paragraph 9 of our Constitution 

Drawing upon his considerable experience in improving another important local linear ecosystem, Craig Ralston of Natural England will act as our hosts for a guided tour of the delights of the Lower Derwent Valley Nature Reserve on Sunday 7th June, meeting at the Dunnington Reading Room car park at 2pm. Let me know if you need a lift. This follows Craig's magnificent illustrated talk at last year's AGM on his work over several years in managing the reserve, which has an abundance of flora and fauna close to home.

So lots of reasons to renew your subscription, which at our low subscription rates remains very good value for money. Please therefore do renew your subscription to enable us to continue our good work, or take out a standing order using the Membership form.  But also do not forget to join us on our enjoyable events!


                  Dr David Mayston


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