Storm damage

I thought we had got away without any significant damage, however the chain saw will need to be in action again, when it’s back from repair.  One ash tree ripped apart, and a sallow leaning. No doubt the sallow will regrow if I coppice it. The ash may regrow if I coppice that as well because the roots haven’t moved.

Been out coppicing hazel & maple today in the rain because the bluebells seem to be sprouting very early.

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New life arrives, old departs

On the way to check on the Snowdrops in the wood, I came across a dead bird, like a wader, on the path – with no apparent cause of death. My initial thought was Woodcock, even though I’d never seen one before. Having checked in the bird book, I’m sure that is what it is.
Snowdrops are out.

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Dinner awaits!

We’ve been feeding the birds and have a great range; 5 species of tits and 3 of finches. Even the blackbirds and hedge sparrows manage to use the feeder. However we also have pheasants, including one female which seems to lined up nicely to be made into dinner.

We are just back from a wonderful sunny walk 7 miles walk, with a bit of snow and mud, which was frozen in places so easier going. Stopped at the Hamilton Arms, Stedham, for a lunchtime snack – very welcome.

Autumn colour

Walked around the wood today in the sunshine – nice to see the sun once in a while.

Good autumn colours and a carpet of leaves. Also the Wild Service Tree has a few remaining beautiful red leaves.

Ash Dieback is here!

I’ve been a bit busy, or slack, so this is the first post in a while.

A few sad sights in the woodland with quite a few young ash trees, including coppice stools, affected by and succumbing to ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea). Here’s the evidence. I hope some of the very old coppiced ash trees, which must be a few hundred years old, don’t die.

On a better note, I managed to catch a dragonfly sunbathing on an oak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree creeper – and ivy

We are lucky to have a tree creeper nesting in the bark of our sequoia. A few years ago a tree creeper tried but the nest was regularly destroyed, probably by squirrels or jays or magpies. So far so good this year.

Our kites are still nesting, hopefully a young one will appear.

 

 

 

Fantastic Early Purple Spotted Orchids this year

Our Early Purple Spotted Orchids are on the move! In one part of the wood they have practically disappeared this year, on the other side there are practically twice as many. Climate change on a micro scale? Over 200 flower heads in a small area, in a 10 metre strip.

 

 

Red kites nesting, perhaps

Red kites have built a nest just on the edge of our wood, high up in an ash tree.

They are very nervous and I’m not sure if they have stayed or moved on. We shall see.

Ransom pesto – no, not an April or Ransom Fool

It’s Spring and the Allium ursinum is flourishing, otherwise known as Ransoms or Wild Garlic

The leaves have been magically transformed into pesto. Before and after below.

Excellent use of wood (timber)

In November 2015 we cut down some collapsing Wild Damson

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which was taken away by a Worker in Wood , Colin Norgate ( http://www.colinnorgate.co.uk/ ) Excellent craftsmanship.

It’s now in the process of being dried and looks very interesting. I’m about to supply some ash, I hope that works out as well.