During the late June/July heatwave an afternoon stroll in the dappled shade of the Hagg Wood paths was the perfect way to escape the heat. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps were still singing in the trees, Speckled Wood butterflies danced along the tracks and the bomb crater was full of tadpoles. Although the main display of foxgloves was over there were still splashes of purple and white in the undergrowth. The paths were drier than I could remember and there was very little standing water in the wood. The ancient pond had nearly dried up, a sharp reminder to put some water out in the garden to help wildlife survive this drought.
Our Autumn programme is nearly finalised. There will be a cycle ride along the Millenium Cycle Track to Riccall, an October trip to Rodley Nature Reserve, our usual November talk and we have already set a date for New Year lunch. Please look out for our Autumn newsletter or visit the website for more details.
Our next Woodland Working parties will be held on Saturdays the 25th August, 29th September and 13th October. Meet at the wood end of Intake Lane at 10 a.m or just find us in the wood. Details will be posted on the notice board as you enter the wood. All equipment will be provided and we usually work through to 1 p.m. You will be made very welcome even if you only stay for an hour or two.