One early April morning, our young Nature Watchers braved the cold and damp to discover what creatures had been caught in our small mammal traps. These traps had been placed discretely around the woods the night before, giving a chance for the creatures to find the tasty nibbles inside – and inadvertently get themselves shut in! Helped by the older Nature Explorers, the animals were carefully emptied from the traps, weighed and identified as male or female. 4 male and 1 female woodmice, and 1 male bank vole were caught. In addition, the children were mesmerised by 2 harvest mice that had been brought along by Duncan.
The main volunteer work of the month was to build a dead hedge, using as posts the branches from the storm damaged felled tree that had been cut up the month before. The hedge was filled in with all the fallen twigs and branches that had been blown down over the winter, so giving the woods a bit of tidy up. The weather has also taken its toll on the woodland paths, with several areas becoming extremely muddy after rainfall. We plan to restart our laying of chippings on these worst areas, and hope that the regular visitors to the woods will bear with us, as the chippings take a few weeks to ‘bed in’. Many thanks to Elite Tree Services for donating the chippings.
Dates for the diary:
|Volunteer Work Morning
Saturday 17th June, 10am-noon
(11-18 year olds)
|Saturday 19st July, 9am-11am
Meet at the Education Area
Booking essential (please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Annual Glow Worm Survey
|Friday 29th June. All Welcome.
Meet at the Control Tower at 9:15pm, finish around 10:30pm, bring warm clothes and a torch.
Subject to weather.
|Nature Watch Club
(5-11 year olds)
New volunteers are always welcome - All ages and abilities. For further information please contact us at email@example.com, phone: 01473 612632, check our website: pwcg.onesuffolk.net or join our members' Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting.