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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


October 2018: Conservation report

What has been very warm and at times blustery month draws to an end we still haven’t seen any real influx of migrant birds so far, this has probably been down to the majority of the winds coming from the South West which will have slowed the migration of our usual Winter species such as Redwing and Fieldfare coming over from Scandinavia and Eastern European countries, although with the changes in the wind direction recently we should see more birds starting to arrive, I have seen a few flocks of Redwing passing overhead and there does seem to be an increase in the amount of Blackbirds around the Woodland some of which could be migrant birds? The hedgerows have the best crop of berries that I have seen for many years which will be a very welcome food source for them when they do finally get here.

If you listen carefully you may hear the high pitched call of our smallest bird the Goldcrest’s in the hedgerows which are now arriving from the East, “their call is so high pitched that many older folk can not hear it” luckily I still can for now!

As reported last month many of this years young birds are now gathered into flocks and can been seen moving through the woodland feeding, it’s now time to get our woodland feeding station back up and running as this really does offer them a lifeline getting their fat reserves up ahead of the winter months. (Donations of Bird Food wanted, these could be dropped of at the pub)

The last month has been a good time to see the usually elusive Jay’s as they gather acorns to cache for the winter, a single Jay can store as many as 5000 acorns in many different places including burying them in the ground many of these germinate and become new Oak trees.

Late Autumn is probably the best time to see a great variety of our Woodland Fungi with this year being particularly good conditions for them, it’s well worth a walk around the woodland to see what species you can spot. It’s also a great time to get out and see the fabulous colours in the woodland canopy with Stelley looking especially beautiful at the moment.

 October has seen the last of this years Butterflies with Small Coppers having a good season along with Comma’s and a few Red Admirals (Which have had a poor year) seen feeding on flowering Ivy, This has also been a great plant for Hornets who also seem to have had a very good year.

I have heard back for the Bioblitz team and hopefully we will receive the Bat detector from them soon, they have also apologised for the delay in getting the footage from the Bioblitz processed as they had massively under estimated the amount of footage they would record over the 10 days! This is still being edited and they will let us know once this is completed.   


Shaun Walters

Conservation officer W.C.W.T

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