HELLO....WELCOME.....*******you can Support us via text! Text WCWT (then your donation amount) to 70085 to donate Eg Text WCWT3 to 70085 to donate £3 ******** Visit our Online Web Shop - New Mug Designs for 2020***** Postcard Artwork by Local Artist available from the Web Shop**** 2020 WCWT Calendars on Sale now! @£2, See "Supporting WCWT", "Woodland shop" or pop into Wrights *********** New Spring design on mugs and new price £5 **** Volunteers REQUIRED for our next Event********* Support us and visit our Web SHOP!!!******** Be considerate to ground nesting species and the Woodland Bluebells********* Volunteers Required - Marshalls required for our next event in 2020 *** 2020 Calendars and more are now on Sale £2!!***** Visit The Woods And Take Part In The Woodland QR Interactive Trail!!!.........Lottery on hold due to COVID restrictions **** "Supporting WCWT" Page**** Like us on Facebook **** We Would love To See Your Woodland Pictures****Forest School on Hold due to COVID restrictions *** See Forest School Page For More***......... .


******Woodland News *******

Its nearly 10 years ago the Waingroves wood started its story...

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 successfully 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 improving 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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Visit our Web shop.....

Lovely Artwork in the form of Postcards by a local Artist available to purchase from the WCWTWeb Shop 

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You can Support us via Text !

One off:

Text WCWT (then your donation amount) to 70085 to donate
Eg Text WCWT3 to 70085 to donate £3

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Text WCWT1LOTTERY to 70085 to donate £1 monthly and be a monthly lottery member.


Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via SMS. If you’d like to donate but do not wish to receive marketing communications, add NOINFO to the text to 70085, eg WCWT1LotteryNOINFO or WCWT3NOINFO.

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New mugs - We now have a new spring design on our mugs, and a new price of £5! Please support the WCWT by purchasing from the shop.😃

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You can now support WCWT via text:

Text WCWT 3 to 70085 to donate £3 Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message.

Amend the number to suit your contribution.

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Events: Folk in the woods 

Unfortunately due to the current situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic it has become clear that this years Folk in the wood music event will have to be postponed until next year. We hope that you will all understand and support this decision.
Kind regards WCWT.

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We've seen a lot of people using the woodland for their daily exercise, which is great! please be mindful and stick to the paths due to nesting birds and to protect the precious Bluebells, as once they are stood on the die back - see conservation report below for more detail.


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Due to the present government request to stay isolated we have decided to postpone the woodland lottery draws until we feel it is safe to do so as not to endanger any members by delivering their winnings. I hope our members will support us in this decision.All draws postponed from March onwards will take place as soon as we; as a committee are allowed to meet.


"the woodland is doing it’s part; stay home, protect the NHS and save alife"

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With the current situation regarding Covid-19 affecting all of us  please ensure when using the woodland you stick to the advice given regarding social distancing. 

As expected we are seeing an increased amount of people getting out doors which is great as long as they keep their distance (At least 2 metre) from others. 

Thank you WCWT. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-

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The monthly meeting at the Thorn tree inn has been cancelled until further notice, Due to COVID-19 event restrictions.

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The eastereggstravaganza has been cancelled due to Covid-19 event restrictions. 

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We have Frog Spawn :-) ! - Please be careful near the wetland....

Please NOTE: The glade has been fenced off for the grass to recover after winter, apologies for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding by avoiding the area.

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Visit our Facebook Page for news regarding Folk in the Wood Event. 

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We would like your feedback! Please spare 5 mins to fill in our survey:  


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We have recently introduced an interactive trail within the woods, bring your smartphone with a QR reading application ( eg REDLASER) 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 07957529486 or Info@waingroveswood.com

This Months CONSERVATION REPORT

W.C.W.T Conservation report:

Feb/March/April 2020:

 February continued in the same wet fashion as we had seen all winter with record amounts of rainfall but it also came with storm force winds which resulted in us losing some of our mature trees including one of our ancient Beech trees in Strelley wood, as the month drew to a close signs of spring started to appear with a good showing of Snowdrops and Frogs spawning in the wetland on the 29th.


March arrived bringing us some much-needed dryer weather as many of our woodland birds started staking the breeding territories and the summer migrants started to arrive with the first singing Chiffchaff being recorded on the 16th. On the woodland floor we saw a good display of Wood anemones and Lesser Celandine which provided a good source of early nectar for the Butterflies which seem to have emerged in good numbers, species recorded; include: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Small White and Brimstone.


April started with some very warm dry weather that really seemed to kick start spring and the woodland really burst into life, more of our summer migrant birds arrived including; Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Whitethroats and our first Swallows arrived on the 5th which was over a week earlier than the previous year helped by the favourable winds bringing them over from Africa, unusually this year some of our winter migrants the Redwings had not yet returned to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and were observed feeding on Ivy berries with our summer migrant Blackcaps well into the month. 

Another species that is renowned as a sign that spring has sprung is the Orange tip Butterfly which I first saw on the 7th followed by our first Speckled Wood Butterflies on the 11th, we also entered the peak time for our nesting birds many of which nest on or close to the ground so with this in mind could woodland users please keep their dogs under close control throughout this critical time for or wildlife! 

April sees one of our most iconic woodland species arrive, the Bluebell at Strelley wood has a great display of these beautiful wildflowers, here are six facts you may not know about them:

1.     The Bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

2.     It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebell

3.     If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower

4.     Almost half the world's bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world

5.     Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish - around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

6.     Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise, with this in mind could woodland users please stick to the paths and avoid trampling on them.


https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/…/6-things-you-might-not-k…


Shaun Walters

Conservation officer W.C.W.T


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Waingroves Community Woodland Wetland Development:

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

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:

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