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Woodland News....

We are very sad to announce that sometime between last Thursday 18 April and today, someone(s) has broken into the Trusts lock up/tool shed on Pit Lane and have stolen our Muck-Truck a Alco Lawnmower and a Husqvarna Strimmer......The Police have been notified...

We're raising funds to help replace the items....



Woodland AGM, will be held on Wednesday 29 May at 7pm in the Thorn Tree, Waingroves...All welcome. Nomination forms will be available on the night if you wish to join us on the woodland committee...


Our Forest school has been accepted by the woodland trust to be part of their tree planting campaign. We will be receiving our delivery of tree saplings early in March, These will be grown on in our forest school nursery in readiness to replace old, or damaged trees.

We started our nursery back in November and hope to keep this going as part of the sustainability programme for the woodland.


We have recently introduced an interactive trail within the woods, bring your smartphone with a QR reading application and learn more about the wildlife within the woods... See if you can spot a peacock butterfly?!


Registered Charity 1141556 

About The Trust

Waingroves Community Woodland Trust purchased 12.75 acres of local woodland after a public meeting was held in Oct 2010 stating the woods were up for sale and could become development land. Around 140 villagers and village groups donated £20,000 to save the woods. After a lengthy sales process we finally got the deeds for the land in June 2011. Now the woods are managed by a group of local volunteers elected from all those who donated. The committee has succesfully bid for and received funding from such organisations as the Big Lottery, Co-op and DCC to create a community glade for holding village events and impoving paths and access for all people. As the woods are located on the site of an old pit colliery we have replaced the miners memorial statues as a mark of respect to the heritage of the site. The objectives of the Trust can be found in the constitution on the downloadable files page along with the work plan and annual report. But in short we aim to conserve and promote wildlife while improving usability for local people and schools. 

Visit the WCWT Gallery on Facebook for more beautiful photos of the Waingroves CommunityWoodland....click on the bluebells below...

How To Find Us 

On the corner of Waingroves road is where you find one of our entrances, the woods are dog and pushchair friendly. Unfortunately there isn't any formal parking due to the residential location.

Sat Nav: DE5 9TF

THE MONDAY GROUP are a growing number of volunteers that meet every Monday 9.30am to carry out maintenance on the woods. There can be anywhere between 6 - 15 people and we are always looking for new faces, so if you fancy a bit of exercise outdoors with a friendly group then contact Rob Vane on 07929620473 or Info@waingroveswood.com

Wetland Habitat Project: Woodland Management for Birds.

The population of Willow Tits has decreased to a level where they have become vulnerable to local extinction.  The reasons for this decline is currently the subject of several studies in the UK, possible reasons for the decline are loss of scrub, mature woodland, and the loss of standing dead wood which the birds use to nest in. Areas where the birds once would have nested and foraged have, and continue to be cleared and used for building, and other developments, particularly scrub areas resulting in loss of habitat. The Willow Tit is on the red list of "Birds of Conservation Concern" on account of a decline of 80% in the UK breeding populations’ since1977, with a 50% decline since 1994.

We are very lucky to have Willow Tits present in our Woodland and have been taking advice from Jacqui Weir who is a woodland adviser for RSPB, Jacqui has recently been working on Willow Tit research for the RSPB so is ideal to advise us on how best to develop the existing Wetland area as a suitable Habitat for them. The Wetland has been identified as being in urgent need of management and could be targeted to benefit this Red listed species that is the most rapidly declining resident UK Bird. 

Shaun Walters: Conservation Officer Waingroves Community Woodland Trust:

Waingroves Community Woodland Wetland Development:Conservation report

Ponds are Biodiversity hotspots and are critical habitat for many rare and threatened species, It is estimated that the number of ponds has declined from 1.2 Million to around 0.4 Million since the 1850’s. The Million Ponds Project is a partnership of major UK land owners that is coordinated by Pond Conservation, partners include The Environment Agency, Natural England, The Forestry Commission and the RSPB to name a few.

 We have used the Million Ponds Creation Tool kit to help develop our Wetland area and it has been registered on their Million Pond Project register.“Ponds are a critical habitat for biodiversity in the freshwater landscape. Studies in the UK and abroad have shown that, regionally, ponds support more species and more uncommon species than other freshwater habitats including rivers, streams and ditches” (REF: Williams et al, 2004; Davies et al, 2008).

 Shaun Walters: Conservation Officer Waingroves Community Woodland Trust:

Below are before and after


Conservation report May 2019:

May is the month when everything really does come to life and this year has been no exception with some periods of very warm and settled weather giving nature a real boost as the woodland burst into colour and sound, Chiffchaff's, Blackcap's, Whitethroats and other Warblers arrived in numbers from the continent although some of our classic Spring sightings such as Swallows and Swifts were much later than in recent years.

May the 5th saw our annual Dawn Chorus walk with around 20 people joining us at 6am on a rather chilly Sunday morning, we recorded 38 different species during the walk which was 6 species down on last year! Most of these were from the Brickworks meadow with Little Ringed Plover, Yellowhammer, Wheatear, Pied Wagtail, Garden Warbler and Sand Martins all being absent from recent years, This is highly likely to be due to the disturbance to the area by the Heavy Plant machinery that is now based on the old Brickworks site.

This year's walk started and finished at the Marquis of Ormonde who opened up specially for us to supply excellent Breakfast Cobs and Coffees, this seemed to work well and eliminated any parking issues at the Woodland,

“Special thanks to Kellie and Ed for this”.

A later walk that day yielded another 2 species taking the total to 40 for the day which is still good count. £55 was also raised for the Woodland in donations by the attendees on the day.

As many of you are aware May and June are the Height of the Bird nesting season with many of our woodland birds nesting on or very close to the ground, with this in mind we have again put a few temporary signs up and used Social media to make woodland users aware and hopefully keep their dogs under close control, in my opinion this has had some success although there will always be an amount of users that will do as they please!

It's worth remembering that it's not just our Birds that are breeding at this time of year it's our mammals too! ..  

Shaun Walters

WCWT Conservation officer:

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