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Woodland News....

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?!


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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 March 2019:

Spring really starts to kick in with the Woodland coming to life after the winter, many of the winter migrant birds will start to return to their summer breeding grounds while our summer migrants return to our woodland to set up their territories and hopefully raise their young. Our 1st Chiffchaff was heard singing on the 22nd marking the start of Spring, other migrants will soon be following like Whitethroats, Warblers and the Hirundinidaes such as Swallows, Martins and Swifts.

As the month draws to an end the woodland will be full of bird song as our woodland birds compete for partners and territories.

The Wetland has seen frogs spawning in the water but this was again much less than we had seen in 2017, Over the next few weeks we will be keeping a look out for other Amphibians that may be using this too such as Toads and Newts, We have been gifted some pallets of Cior plants from The Trent Rivers Trust that are to be planted at the water's edge in our wetland area, these Cior mats have specialist wetland plants grown into them which are of great benefit to the wetland wildlife habitat, I'm hoping to get these delivered for the Monday group to put in, but if not we may need a few volunteers for an hour when they arrive as the will need to be placed in a wet area within 24hr.  

Plant wise the woodland floor starts to come to life with plants like Lesser Celendine and Wood Anemones creating a carpet of colour that marks the start of Spring and the end of Winter, we should also see the 1st of our woodland Bluebells showing soon?

As we enter the next few months it’s important to remember that it’s the bird breeding season and many birds such as Chiffchaff, Warblers etc. nest at ground and low levels in areas of bramble and scrub, also many young birds including Owls can be found on the floor after leaving the nest.

It would be very beneficial if Dogs could be kept on leads at this time although I realise that this a very big ask.  

The coming month of April will see the start of the Butterfly season and also the start of the 3rd Waingroves woodland Butterfly transect that has been set up with Butterfly conservation, last year we recorded 24 different species and at the height of the flight season over 300 butterflies were recorded on a single transect walk, all of which have been  recorded on the national Butterfly conservation database, if anyone else would like to join me this year on the walks they are more than welcome.

It's been good to see we still have a few Rabbits around the woodland but they are nowhere near in the numbers that they should be!

Rabbits are in serious decline Nationally and numbers have dropped by up to 40% in recent years , this is of major conservation concern as they are an essential part of our ecosystem not only as a prey species, but they also manage our grassland for ground nesting birds etc. It is thought that the main reason for their decline is the viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD), is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that affects wild and domestic rabbits.      

Shaun Walters

WCWT Conservation officer:

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