Author: Friends of Hagg Wood

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

 

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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.

The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for October 2018

Well, here we are into autumn! There has definitely been a drop in the air temperature, plus rain showers since Sept 1st, the first meteorological day of autumn, but how will it progress?   Will we experience Keats’:-  “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;”??  Already trees are turning into their autumn colours; the horse chestnut in particular is already shedding leaves and conkers, which I read somewhere could be the effect of a non-fatal disease.

Writing this in early September the wood is still a pleasant to walk in with firm dry paths and the colouring leaves.   Regular walkers will notice more open spaces in the millennium area as we continue to thin out the overcrowded birch. We continue to clear the glades on the Crater track and Styron way. These more open spaces increase low ground cover, grasses and flowers, which attract insects and birds. During our next working party we plan to clear the bramble from the breathing places area in line with the initial purpose of having an area for community use, with improved biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Can we have an area for community use along with wildlife habitats? Recently I read or heard someone say that wildlife can live alongside us, but can we live alongside wildlife?    We should try by maintaining suitable habitat wherever we can. The wood brings joy to many, not purely because of the variety of trees, but also through bird song and the sightings of wild birds and animals.

The next planned outing is to Rodley Nature Reserve on Saturday 6th October. There is a meeting in the Reading Room on the 7th November when Amy-Jane Beer will be giving an illustrated presentation on the topic, ”Giving the Wild a Voice: reporting, celebrating and fighting for Nature.”

The next working parties are Saturdays 13th Oct. 3rd Nov. & 8th Dec. 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 29th September 2018

Our next work party is on Saturday 29th September 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 remove the remains of rhododendron and general brash in “Barbara’s Glade” alongside Styron Way in the east side of the wood.

All the necessary tools are provided. Bring gloves if you can, and wear stout shoes or willies.

Cycle Ride to Riccall – Saturday 22nd September 2018

Join us if you like for an Autumnal cycle ride along a cross-country route to Riccall, with hopefully plenty of fresh air and healthy exercise to complement the varied scenery. We will meet outside the Children’s Play Area on Intake Lane at 10.30am for a round trip of some 26 miles, with lunch at the Dairyman Café in Riccall and a stop for tea on the way back at the Naburn Marina Waterfront café.

If you would prefer instead to drive to meet us for lunch at the Dairyman Café at 12 noon, please let John know on York 489056 beforehand so that he can reserve you a place.