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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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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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Work Party 28/09/2014

For today’s work party we again enjoyed beautiful weather and a comfortable temperature. This being the start of the autumn season, we resumed work on pulling up sycamore and Norway maple saplings and cutting down slightly larger specimens, along with treating the stumps with “ecoplugs”. This was mainly near the junction of the main and western paths, and also some further down the main path. Further inspections were carried out on whips around the boundary, clearing encroaching vegetation, ensuring guards and canes were in place, etc..  A few guards were found to be filled with soil from ants nests, but most whips were thriving. A number of sycamores growing along the western boundary were identified for removal at the next work party.
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Work Party 27th July 2014

Friends of Sharphill Wood Work Party Report 27th July 2014

 

This was the last scheduled work party of the summer.  The weather was stunning – but at about the limit of the temperature at which it is comfortable to work, about 12 – 22 C.

 

There were 9 of us including the 2 young people who are completing Duke of Edinburgh Awards accompanied by their parents. We are really going to miss them when they stop coming as they have been hard and reliable workers and we hope that they feel they have gained good experience. Many thanks! We achieved a total of 27 hours work.

 

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work party 22/06/14

For today’s work party we enjoyed beautiful weather, although we were grateful to have shade for much of the work. We accomplished three tasks. One task was to complete the inspection of whips, a process started at the last work party. Excess vegetation was removed from around the whips, and guards and canes were taken from established whips (most likely some of those planted in winter 2011/2012) and from dead whips. Sadly a lot of those planted in winter 2012/2013, mainly towards the north-western corner, had not survived, although a good number of hazel and a few oaks were thriving. A few rowan’s planted this winter were growing, and around the western boundary a variety of species were doing well. An unofficial entrance along that side was blocked.
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25th May 2014 Work Party

Friends,
Thanks all who came to today’s work party. We achieved a lot as follows:
Path maintenance: Phil, Chrissie and Mark, in the main, repaired the path edging.
Whip maintenance: Mike, Zdena, Mel and Michael checked the whips, which are doing well, before helping with the path edging.
Litter clearing and bike hump removal. Harry, Liam, Neil and I buried most of the broken glass and found a couple of bags of other litter before we made a start at removing the bike humps before Harry, Liam and Neil helped with the path edging and I blocked the cross over path.
by Bill Logan
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