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Boxing Day walk 2014


Many thanks to all who have helped in the wood this year. We could have done without the distraction of the renewed planning applications, but we have had another year of considerable achievement despite that.

We are having our usual Boxing Day Walk when we can survey that achievement, so meet at 10:30am to join us from Peveril Drive.

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work party 23/11/2014

We started in pouring rain, which gradually eased during the morning. With a good turn-out we managed to accomplish a number of things. First, we did further whip inspections, continuing down the eastern side. A good many guards and canes were retrieved from well-established plants. Secondly we did further sycamore and Norway maple removal (saplings and small trees) on the eastern side near the fallen oak. Thirdly we repaired the broken gate at the Wheatcroft entrance, thanks to some preliminary work by David. We also installed our wildlife camera near the southern end, hoping to achieve glimpses of badger or other wildlife, and fixed the roof on nest box 34.

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Friends of Sharphill Wood: check list for landowners & developers of the Edwalton / Sharphill site



Please see  belowthe latest correspondence between the friends of Sharphill Wood and the council with regard to the development of the land adjacent to Sharphill Wood Nature Reseve.




The Wood

Sharphill Wood is 9.6 ha (23.73 acres) in size and is a mixed broadleaved woodland, with oak and ash being the dominant tree species. The Wood is owned by Rushcliffe Council and has existed since the 19th Century.

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extra work party 01/11/2014

This was a special work party to do nest box work. First we installed four boxes with which we hope to attract Treecreeper. The design is published by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and is still experimental, so we hope to feed back to the BTO any data on use (or non-use) of these boxes during the next couple of seasons, as well as providing data to the BTO Nest Record Scheme, as we do with tit boxes. Two boxes are installed towards the north end, and two towards the south end. Treecreeper has often been seen at Sharphill, although it is unlikely that this size of wood will support more than about two pairs.
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work party 26/10/2014

Yet again we enjoyed decent weather, thanks to being sheltered from the south-westerly wind. A number of regulars were absent (out of town or injured), but we still had a reasonable attendance and achieved quite a lot. Rod’ grandson, Ed, was filming the work using his high-tech camera, and will produce an edited movie in due course.
The main task was further work removing excessive numbers of young Sycamore and Norway Maple, ranging from saplings that could be pulled out of the ground through to larger specimens that were approaching the limit for felling with hand tools. Stumps were treated with glyphosate plugs. We focused on the areas either side of the middle section of the eastern path.
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Rushcliffe conservation forum event 27/09/14

Over the summer the Friends of Sharphill Wood and other groups were invited to take part in a forum and to do a 10 minute presentation about Sharphill Wood Nature Reserve. What the friends do and what we as a group have achieved over the last 5-6 years at Sharphill Wood.

Chrissie who is a founder member of the group had recently written and delivered a power point presentation to the local area forum and agreed to take the lead and deliver our group talk. This took place at the Rushcliffe Nature conservation Forum on the 27/09/14, at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. It was a privilege to be invited to take part in this event as The Friends of Sharphill Wood won the Rushcliffe award for Nature Conservation 2013.

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Butterfly Survey 2014


July Butterfly Survey  click here


by John Elwell

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bird surveys 2014


April bird survey  click here


June bird survey click here


By John Elwell

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