478 Photos - Dec 25, 2012
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Not an easy task.Photo: Following damage by a young man in a car being chased by the Police, the Great Gate had to be repaired.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Dr. Martin Hall of the Natural History Museum examines some of the beetles found on the Bug Hunt.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The field leading to Wealden Way.  The grasses and wildflowers look glorious in the dappled sunshinePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Railway Path full of wild flowersPhoto: Photo: Work in progress - our new noticeboard with its special tiled roof at the 'half way' stagePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Foxgloves in the North of the Nature ReservePhoto: A crab sider stays close the pale flower in the hope of trapping a mealPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Buttercups along railway pathPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: During the Spring Flower Walk we admired the bluebells and marsh marigolds that brighten the banks of the streamPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Apple blossomPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Stuart demonstrates the new auger - making post holes.   Watched by Jasper, Chris, Michael and Rob.Photo: Sap coming out of this piece of cut wood creates icicles on a cold Easter Sunday.Photo: Photo: Dead Wood has a lot going onPhoto: The Fire Circle in Catts Wood - used by the local school's Forest School activitiesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gill and Jane beside the tepee they have built to protect the coppiced stoolsPhoto: Photo: Female Mallard on one of the stretches of water alongside the bridlewayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Building a fence from local wood to prevent trampling and the creation of new pathsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The snow did not put off this runnerPhoto: The first snow fall of 2013 covers Ashenground WoodPhoto: Photo: Photo: David and Emma work on the new fencePhoto: A juicy worm for someonePhoto: Michael and Stuart prepare wood to create a fence to manage trampling in sensitive parts of the woodPhoto: This is being removed at is not a native species.  Probably arrived with some garden waste dumped on the woodland floor.Photo: Photo: Some lovely bracket fungiPhoto: A main footpath following heavy rainPhoto: The impact of the heavy rains on the woodland pathsPhoto: One of the streams following heavy rainPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: A visitor with a disability and her canine companion enjoy Ashenground Wood - some of the paths are able to be used by those with motorised scootersPhoto: The workers and supportersPhoto: Photo: Photo: Slow Worm on the bridleway - the slow worm is in fact a lizard.Photo: Red Admiral on Ashenground Bridge - the entrance to the woods.Photo: September berriesPhoto: Photo: Large WhitePhoto: Photo: Strangalia Maculata - superficially like the Wasp Beetle.Photo: Collecting wood chippings for spreading on a muddy path during a conservation eventPhoto: Spreading wood chippings on a muddy pathPhoto: A Greater Spotted Woodpecker - from a distance and somewhat hidden!Photo: Photographer Linda Howard (centre in green t-shirt) provides advice and guidance during a photography afternoon.Photo: Bee covered in pollen from a musk mallow flowerPhoto: Gatekeeper butterflyPhoto: Photography Afternoon in the nature reservePhoto: Photo: Meadow BrownPhoto: Photo: Photo: Musk MallowPhoto: Photo: Photo: Stuart working on a new notice board for Ashenground WoodPhoto: Photo: Wild Flowers on railway pathPhoto: Jay near the bridleway that runs through Ashenground Wood and alongside Bolnore VillagePhoto: Jay near the bridleway that runs through Ashenground Wood and alongside Bolnore VillagePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Wood White butterflyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Men hard at work along railway path during a task dayPhoto: Marsh marigoldsPhoto: Wood anemonesPhoto: Daffodils growing in one of the clearingsPhoto: The first bluebell of 2012 (taken in Ashenground Wood on 24.3.12)Photo: Wood Anemones with DaffodilsPhoto: Photo: Winter Snow in Ashenground WoodPhoto: Photo: The Yellow Perils enjoy a hot cuppaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Max working hard during the Big Mow of 2011Photo: Max and Stuart discuss how to get started!Photo: Stuart geared up and going for it during the Big Mow 2011Photo: Photo: Photo: Wild Bunny - not for a cage or the pot!Photo: Musk MallowPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Catts Wood - volunteers from Woodland Products using some of the coppiced wood to make Chainsaw SculpturesPhoto: Perches in the big glade - made on a task day using oak (for top) and chestnut (for legs) from our woodsPhoto: Photo: The Musk Mallow were extra special this year (2011)Photo: Photo: Photo: Martin Hall, entomologist from the Natural History Museum, led our bug hunt.   The children were all given collecting pots - with all creatures found being released once identified.   Martin will use the results to help in the museum's national bug survey.Photo: Even the youngest participants enjoyed looking closely at the tiny creatures they foundPhoto: Martin Hall, entomologist, looks at some of the children's finds on the bug huntPhoto: Filling in the bug hunt surveyPhoto: Capturing bugs with upside down umbrellasPhoto: Adults and children alike enjoyed finding out how many bugs there were in the woods and meadowsPhoto: Photo: A newt found on the bug hunt - like all other tiny creatures found it was released where it was foundPhoto: Martin Hall idetifies bugs collected on the bug huntPhoto: Findings on the bug hunt were written down by participants to be used as part of the Natural History Museum's national bug survey.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Buiding new seats from wood collected from the woods themselvesPhoto: The magnificent new Gate at the bridge entrance to Ashenground WoodPhoto: Oxeye DaisyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Spring Flower Walk on Easter Monday afternoonPhoto: Photo: Early Morning Bird Walk led by Phil Clay on East MondayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: One of the partcipants on our New Year walk!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Very heavy snow at the entrance to Ashenground WoodPhoto: Photo: Photo: The upgrading of the bridleway gets underwayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Railway PathPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: One of the boxes used to collect and examine bugsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some participants were given special nets to collect bugs from the meadow grassPhoto: Some participants were given umbrellas as beating sticks to help collect bugs from bushesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Thermal imaging helps detect bugs in the 'crime scene'Photo: The wonder of insectsPhoto: Dr. Martin Hall starts the bug hunt with a forensic examination of a 'crime scene'Photo: An orchid in Ashenground WoodPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bluebells on show in one of the clearingsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The familiar robinPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: