Yorkshire’s Dragonflies – Wednesday 20th February 2019

Dr Keith Gittens of the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group will be giving us an illustrated presentation on the wide range of beautiful and fascinating species of dragonflies that have found their habitat in Yorkshire, and the challenges that they now face.

                      Dunnington Reading Room at 8.00pm

         Members Free, Non-Members £1.50,  Refreshments 50p

 

 

 

 

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Conservation Work Party – Saturday 9th February 2019

Our next work party is on Saturday 9th February and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers.  We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood.  We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

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We will be working with hand tools to cut down rhododendrons to the south side of the Stone Road to create more space for bluebells and eventually have the area open through to the present bluebell area.   All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for February 2019

The wood in winter is interesting and charming. The deciduous trees bereft of leaves show their myriad branches as stark silhouettes against a grey sky. Being leafless it is easier to see the smaller birds, such as tree creepers, gold crests and the various tits that feed on the insects that inhabit the trees. That is, unless the birds are feeding at the top of the conifers and hiding behind the cones.

As I write this in mid-January the flooding that we experienced at the end of December has receded but the ditches in the South West corner of the wood, on Ron’s way and the bridge leading in from the field, are still very full, possibly caused by a blockage outside of the wood. Part of the paths in that area are quite muddy, and care is needed crossing the bridges.

Our first programme of the year will be on Wednesday February 20th when Mr. Keith Gitten from the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group will speak on “Yorkshire Dragonflies.” The talk will cover the history, biology and habitats of Dragonflies, as well as giving an overview of the species to be found in Yorkshire, with tips on identification and where to look for them. Meet at 8pm in the Dunnington Reading Room.

Our recent working parties have been clearing rhododendrons to the south side of the stone road to create more space for bluebells and eventually have the area open through to the present bluebell area. If you would like to join a working party and perhaps fulfil a New Year Resolution (!) the dates and times are below.

The dates for future Working Parties are 9th February, 30th March and 13th April. Meet at the Hagg Wood end of Intake Lane at 10.00am.  We work through till 1 pm. More details of our activities can be found on our website www.fohw.org.uk.

 

Flooded Paths – 24 December 2018

If you go into the wood you will find that there are three areas where the ditches have overflowed on to the path (see map and pictures below).  The worst stretch of about 100 yards is on the Main Ride which makes it impossible to pass through. The other areas are at the bridge at the end of the Main Ride and the bridge that crosses the ditch on Ron’s Way (these can be passed through if wearing wellies).

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Main Ride
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Main Ride bridge
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Ron’s Way bridge

 

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for January 2019

We decided to have an extra work party in November as the Forestry Commission contractor had cut back the grass and brash on the sides of the Stone Road and Main Ride. It is important to clear the arisings as wild flowers benefit from a soil low in nutrients. If the cut vegetation is left to rot back, the soil will become too rich for the more delicate flowers, such as birds foot trefoil and vetch, to thrive. We also wanted to cut back more of the brambles in the bluebell area before their first green shoots appear, which often happens as early as January.

We had a very productive morning with 11 volunteers and continued with the task of raking and clearing at our December work party. Hopefully the benefits from our efforts will be seen in Spring and Summer when wild flowers appear alongside the Stone Road.

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                                       Taking a break during our December work party

Our next work party will be on Saturday 12th January from 10 am until 1pm.  Any new volunteers will be especially welcome, an excellent way to work off those extra pounds that you may have put on over the Christmas festivities!  Meet at the notice board at the entrance to Hagg Wood. All tools will be provided.  It is not a problem if you can only stay for an hour or two, all help is appreciated.

Friends of Hagg Wood would like to send our best wishes for 2019 to everyone and if you are in the habit of making New Year resolutions, make sure one of them is to visit Hagg Wood more often and enjoy the ever-changing delights of nature through the seasons, that we are so fortunate to be able to enjoy here.

Our Spring newsletter with our programme of events will soon be emailed or delivered to all our members.  It will also be available to view on our website www.fohw.org.uk

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for December 2018

Although winter may have Hagg Wood in its grip there is still plenty to see and enjoy. As early as October the birds that migrate from Scandinavia and Siberia to overwinter in the U.K. had started arriving. As you approach the wood look in the fields and hedgerows for Redwings and Fieldfares they love berries, worms and fruit. If the winter is hard they will also come into gardens particularly if you put apples on the ground. Somewhat rarer is the most attractive visitor, the Waxwing. These berry specialists can sometimes arrive in large numbers, four years ago a flock of sixty stayed in Kerver Lane for a week and could easily be seen on ground level bushes.

Sunday 13th January   –    New Year Lunch  

Brighten up the dark days of winter by joining us for our now traditional New Year Lunch, again this year at the Dunnington Sports Centre, with an optional woodland walk beforehand to refresh your appetite. Meet at 11am outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane for the walk, or at 1pm for a drink before the lunch at 1.30pm at the Sports Centre. We need to book you a place at the lunch, so please let Michael know on York 489013 or on mdunn48h@gmail.com   by 18th December to book your place and your menu choice. We will put the menu choices on our website www.fohw.org.uk well beforehand, so make a note in your diary to book with Michael before you start your Xmas shopping!

Wednesday 20th February   –   Yorkshire’s Dragonflies

Our first talk of the year will be given by Keith Gittens of the Yorkshire Dragonfly Group.

 Woodland Working Parties  –   Conservation in Action

These will be held on the mornings of 8th December 2018, and 12th January 2019, so do put these dates in your diary. Meet at 10am at the Hagg Farm end of Intake Lane. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or wellies.

 

Conservation Work Party – Friday 23rd November

We shall be holding an additional working party on Friday 23rd November and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers.

We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood.  We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

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The FC contractor has recently cut back the edges of the Stone Road and Main Ride, we therefore need to rake and clear the arisings to prevent a build-up of nutrients in the soil.   All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or willies.

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 3rd November 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 3rd November and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers.  We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood.  We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

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We will be working with hand tools to cut back brambles in the Bluebell area to enable the bluebells to thrive in the springtimeAll the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or willies.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for November 2018

The need for us to place much greater value on wildlife and on our natural environment is the main theme of our presentation in the Reading Room on Wednesday 7th November at 8pm by Dr Amy-Jane Beer, who is a biologist and writer with a strong love of both words and nature. Amy has edited the Wildlife World magazine for the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and has made many contributions to the BBC Wildlife magazine and the Yorkshire Post, as well as co-authoring The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Marine Fish and Sea Creatures, The Encyclopedia of Mammals and the Encyclopedia of Endangered Species. Living near York, she has also made several well-crafted contributions to the Guardian’s Country Diary on the delights of observing nature locally near Kirkham Abbey, Welburn and the River Ouse. The title of her illustrated talk will be Giving the Wild a Voice: Reporting, Celebrating and Fighting for Nature.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has predicted that 2020 will see a very large decline, of 67 per cent on average, since 1970 in wildlife populations of plants and animals, alongside historically very high rates of species extinctions, due to climate change, population pressures and changes internationally in agricultural practices. Like the canary in the coal mine, the rapidly declining state of our wildlife is likely to have important messages for the health of the human populations too, with the risk on the horizon of a “hothouse earth” emphasised in recent international reports, unless much greater remedial action is urgently taken on reducing our greenhouse gases and on many other environmentally important policy issues, including the planting of trees and looking after our existing forests and woodlands, and their biodiversity.

There are working parties on Saturdays 3 November and 8 December. We welcome anyone who enjoys the wood and is willing to help look after it. Meet at 10am by the notice board at the Intake Lane entrance to the wood.

 

Conservation Work Party – Saturday 13th October 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 13th October and we would be delighted to see any new volunteers.  We meet at 10.00am at the Welcome to Hagg Wood information board at the entrance to the wood.  We work until 1.00pm with a break midway.

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We will be working with hand tools to cut back brambles in the Bluebell area to enable the bluebells to thrive in the springtimeAll the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or willies.