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Annual Report 2017

The Friends of Sharphill Wood Annual Report 2017 is below and will be finalised at the AGM on 09/05/2017.
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dawn chorus walk 30/04/2017

A dawn chorus walk took place today, led by John Elwell and accompanied by Mike Rivett from the Friends plus 10 members of the public. Starting from Peveril Drive at 06.00, we walked round by the hedge leading to the back of the cemetery, then up to the wood, down the western path to the southern gate, stopping to admire the Bluebells and the Early Purple Orchids. We returned through the Wheatcroft gate, along the main path and back down the hill. We managed to avoid the worst of the easterly wind, and otherwise the weather was fine. As hoped, there were plenty of birds singing, and we caught sight of quite a few including Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. The prize for the most vocal species had to go to Wren, which seemed to be singing everywhere.

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work party 23/04/2017

During fine weather today, 8 of us climbed the hill and spent the morning doing useful things at the Wood. We were particularly delighted to welcome Ron for his first work party with us.

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work party 26/03/2017

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work party 26/02/2017

The weather today was fine but quite windy, particularly later on, and ground conditions were quite muddy in places. We were delighted to be joined by 11 Meadow Covert scouts accompanied by leaders Grant, Dan and Simon.

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work party 22/01/2017

Richard  E kindly led the work party today in my absence and provided the following report.

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For the first Work Party of 2017, we had a good attendance (14). The weather was very cold with lightly frozen ground at the start, but fine and clear; the frozen ground soon thawed to facilitate the day’s work.

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work party 11/12/2016

Whatever else has happened in 2016, one remarkable fact is that we have enjoyed decent weather for every single work party. Long may this continue!

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work party 23/10/2016

This was a small work party, but nevertheless we achieved a reasonable amount in fine weather conditions. The first job was to coppice a hazel stool in the north-western plantation area. Some of the material from this was then used for path edging and associated stakes, which we installed along part of the path in the north-eastern corner. Here the path was getting very badly defined and several short-cuts had been made. Although only a start was made today, eventually we should revert to a well-defined path through this area of very little understorey. The edging was strapped down to stakes with wire and staples, to deter removal for bonfire or other purposes.

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