Remains of the fallen horse chestnut

The Wednesday volunteers joined, by Andy Lee worked on the fallen tree in Pony Wood on Wednesday. The trunk and larger branches were sawn up and left in situ, the smaller branches were taken into the wood to make a hedge of brash: although dead wood is good spread around a woodland to rot down naturally, too much can cover ground flora, encouraging perhaps brambles to grow over it to shade out lower plants.  It can also cause a problem for access for management in the future.  Stacking brash either in heaps or rows is beneficial to small mammals, birds, insects etc, but a row or hedge can create corridors through the wood to connect to outside boundaries etc.  Eventually they compost down with mosses, lichens and fungi to increase nutrients to the woodland floor.


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Bird sightings on the board

Feeding Station

chaffinch 20+, blackbird 4,  robin 4,  great tit 2, blue tit 2,  dunnnock 2,  reed bunting 12, wood pigeon 4,  pheasant 1,

Pony Wood

jay 1, redwing 6, mistle thrush 1, wren 1 goldfinch 6,



pinkfoot  40, greylag 15



We  have had an answer from Jon Carter about the loss of linnets this year. He said that they did a circuit of the maize fields on Aldcliffe Marsh and Fairfield. The maize has bee replaced by grass so the linnets are no longer interested

January Snipe Flush Count

The Flush team carried out the January Snipe flush count on Monday 9th in reasonable weather, after the recent downpours. We were joined by Colin McShane, as seen on Winterwatch. He is doing a long-term study of Jack Snipe and was impressed by the numbers found in Big Meadow, and has deemed it to be an important site for these birds.                                                              This winter there have been slightly lower numbers of Common Snipe, probably due to the mild conditions across Scandinavia and Northern Europe. We counted 20 Jack Snipe and 37 Common Snipe, all in Big Meadow except for 1 Jack Snipe in School Pond, so a total of 57.