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Archive of posts tagged Wey Wood

New volunteers meet the rhodies

by Rod Kebble Over the past couple of working parties, we have been joined by two new volunteers, Jill Summers and Annie Silver. On 16th November it was time to introduce them to the traditional Pierrepont winter task of “rhodie-bashing”. Although much of the Rhododendron Ponticum that once occupied large tracts of Tankersford Wood has […]

Rhodies come down as cupboard goes up

by Rod Kebble On a sunny but very chilly morning, the conservation volunteers — including new recruit Martin Boag on his first working party — assembled yesterday to have their penulimate bash at the rhodies. The season ends with February, so as not to disturb nesting birds. Tankersford Wood is now running out of areas […]

Bashed bird boxes
buffed up, woodpeckers acquitted

by Brian Lavers A mixture of indolence and forgetfulness resulted in the Pierrepont bird nestboxes being subjected to their annual clearout in January rather than during the previous and more usual November. A total of 39 ‘small hole’ boxes were checked in the Tankersford and Wey woods. All these have a mixture of one inch […]

The Glorious 27th!

by Rod Kebble Saturday 27th October saw the opening of this year’s rhodie-bashing season, as the last of the rhododendron ponticum in Tankersford Copse is seen off the premises. This will not, however, be the end of this winter sport as there is more rhododendron in Wey Wood awaiting attention. Saturday’s volunteers were following in […]

November 2011 Pierrepont bird species survey

by Brian Lavers Five of the six ‘sections’ of the third and final 2011 Pierrepont bird species survey were completed on 22 November before bad light caused the four enthusiasts conducting the survey to reluctantly throw in the towel. The sixth and final section, the one covering Silvergate, was eventually completed on 17 December and […]