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Woodland News....

2019 Calendars now on SALE!, Visit our store for more...

We're preparing for our upcoming event... Pumpkin Parade, we would love for you to join us... more details on the event page

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. 

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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


September 2018: Conservation report:

 Autumn arrived with no real sign of the Indian summer that we were hoping for, most of the summer migrant birds have now gone with just the odd Swallow and House Martin still present, not much sign of our Winter migrants yet making it a quiet time for birds at the moment although quite a few of this years young are now starting to expand their territories in search of food including good numbers of Goldfinch and Long Tailed Tits, “Time to get the woodland feeders ready!”

I would like to see a few feeders around the Glade area too this year as they should attract a few more species such as Great Spotted Woodpecker and Finches that we don’t generally get at the Wetland feeding station.

On the warm and Sunny days we have had there has been plenty of Buzzards around with the highest count of 8 birds seen circling and calling as they ride the thermals, this is most likely to be young birds from several nest site gathering together before moving on to find their own territories, you will also hear our Tawny Owls getting very vocal at this time as the parents start to drive out this years young.

The last of the seasons Butterflies can be seen at this time often taking advantage of the late source of nectar from the Ivy and Bramble, these are most likely to be Comma’s, Speckled Woods, Red Admirals and a few White’s.

Our Woodland Butterfly Transect have yielded some excellent results with 25 species recorded over the season, we only managed to complete 13 of the 26 weeks compared to 23 of the 26 in 2017 but this still gave us a good understanding of what we have and where and when they are most likely to be seen.

Our Butterfly bank at Whitley has not established as well as hoped the Birdsfoot trefoil plants that where gifted by Butterfly Conservation went in very late last year and had not established enough to withstand the harsh Winter condition and the Buddleia plants struggled in the drought conditions of this Summer, some plants have managed to survive though and hopefully they will start to thrive in the future?

The recent wet weather has been great for our Woodland Fungi with many different species currently showing well such as these Jelly ears and Bolete’s (Penny Buns) both of which are sort after for culinary dishes.

“Obviously never eat any fungi unless you are 100% certain that it is edible”  

The Show weekend Woodland Bug hunt was cancelled due to the weather condition and the Moth & Bat night did not get rescheduled as hoped. We have however been awarded up to £150 from Chris Packham and is Bioblitz team to purchase something for the Woodland that will aid conservation, I have suggested that we have a Bat detector as in recent years I have borrowed them for our Woodland events, it is also thought that if we monitored more often and in different areas we would find more species than the 4 we have currently recorded. 

Other local news:

Over the Weekend of  21st/23rd Sept a Grey Phalarope turned up at Loscoe Dam having been blown off it's migration by the recent storms, these birds breed in the high Arctic and spend 11 month of the year at sea only returning to land to breed in late May. This birds arrival so far inland created a lot of interest among with many Naturalists and Birdwatchers some travelling many miles to see it, unfortunately while I was watching it Sunday afternoon with Local Birder Melvin Harvey "who discovered it on Friday" it was eaten by a Pike!...  Unfortunately I was watching through binoculars and not my camera so no pics of the incident.

Shaun Walters

Conservation officer W.C.W.T

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