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Green Farm monitoring, 19th March 2011

by Brian Lavers

Six monitoring group volunteers spent the day at Green Farm. The day’s activity required a division of tasks, with one group member, complete with recently acquired large scale maps, spending a.m and p.m in the Upper Forest area attempting to record all – unofficial as well as statutory – footpaths there.

The remainder of us spent the morning in Elizabeth Wood, one recording bird species (17) while the rest completed a general flora and fauna reconnaissance . It was noted that the bird ringers have recently erected a total of twenty nestboxes of various types on either side of the main woodland track and on and around the hut.

Lunch taken by all in the sunshine outside of the Elizabeth Wood hut. It is difficult to imagine a more pleasing place to do so (photo below).

The Elizabeth Wood hut at the Countryside Restoration Trust's Green Farm property.

The afternoon taken up with an investigation of the fields forming part of the Green Farm estate and which lie to the north of the farm house, mostly on either side of Old Barn Lane. Primary focus was on the opportunities for replacing the existing wire fencing with planted hedge. A number of potential sites identified. A preliminary survey also completed of the farm’s apple trees with a view to their possible addition to a database currently being assembled of Surrey’s “traditional” orchards. The survey is being coordinated by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Finally, this monitoring session was Malcolm Setters’ last with the group as he is about to move house to Dorset. Malcolm has served us very well as our treasurer and deserves our thanks. Perhaps more importantly from the point of view of monitoring he has demonstrated a swift arm and a precise eye with the butterfly net and as a consequence of his departure our 2011 records in this particular area are likely to show a decline!

New planting in Elizabeth Wood.

A general view of Elizabeth Wood, showing the extent of woodland management undertaken, such as thinning and replanting.

One Comment

  1. Malcolm Setters says:

    Brian – Thanks for your kind comments. I miss the work we did and the pleasant company of you all. I haven’t got involved in anything in Dorset yet but am making enquiries. As a matter of interest, what is the butterfly situation in Surrey? I’ve seen just one Red Admiral in my garden and that’s it. They seem to be a rarity here generally. Anyway, nice of you to mention me, and good luck in the future.