In March, before stricter measures concerning the Coronavirus were introduced, volunteers (making sure to remain at least two metres apart from one another) worked to widen a couple of path sections by clearing debris, cutting back vegetation and sweeping away decomposing leaves.
In wildlife news, bats should be emerging from hibernation as the weather warms during April. Several species of bat use our woods as their roosting and foraging ground, including the smallest species in the UK, the common pipistrelle, which can have a weight of just three to eight grams.
While stuck at home, there are plenty of things you could do to encourage wildlife in your garden. We can highly recommend making a bug hotel, which doubles up as a good way of passing the time with your children and can be of varying levels of difficulty. There are many resources online, for example: cdn.buglife.org.uk/2019/07/Build-a-bug-hotel.pdf.
We hope to see you in the woods once this challenging time has passed, and in the meantime we wish you all to stay safe and healthy.
Unfortunately, all scheduled events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
New volunteers of all ages and abilities are always welcome. No experience needed. For further information, please contact us at [email protected] / 01473 612632, visit our website or join our members’ Facebook group by messaging Duncan Sweeting.
George Pennick and Sam Cork, Nature Explorers and Young Volunteers