HELLO....WELCOME.....*******POP UP SHOP - Saturday 5th Dec 9am -2pm, Near the Container **********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**** 2021 WCWT Calendars on Sale now! @£5, See "Supporting WCWT", "Woodland shop" *********** New Spring design on mugs and new price £5 ************ Support us and visit our Web SHOP!!!******** Visit The Woods And Take Part In The Woodland QR Interactive Trail!!!.........**** "Supporting WCWT" Page**** Like us on Facebook **** We Would love To See Your Woodland Pictures***** Forest School now back on See Forest School page For More***......... .


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

POP UP SHOP SATURDAY 5th December 9am - 2pm - come and visit us ! 

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November and December Lottery Drawn... Visit Support us page or Facebook for details on Winners

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Further updates on Forest School Status - See Forest School page for more info

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Beautiful postcards to frame as gifts  or just to keep - created by a local Artist - we feel very honoured to have these for sale on our shop - pick them up via our web shop

New WCWT 2021 Calendars are now for SALE @ £5!! visited the web shop to purchase.

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Support us by using Amazon Smile - In Amazon, settings, Amazon Smile - You can now select Waingroves Community Woodland Trust  and 0.5% of your Amazon spend will be charited to WCWT.

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Kelly is hosting a Autumn Colour Workshop in Strelley Woods on 18th Oct 11-1pm. Click here for more info / registration. 

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

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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 Paul Cox on 07974556212  or Info@waingroveswood.com

This Months CONSERVATION REPORT

W.C.W.T Conservation report:

May / June / July 2020:

 WCWT Conservation report May, June, July 2020:

During the Covid-19 lockdown we experienced many more visitors to the woodland as people had time to explore their local area, many of which had never visited before and had not realised what they had on their doorstep, I received many comments from visitors saying what a beautiful place it is and how much they enjoyed visiting for their daily walks. It is well documented that open Green spaces and getting close to nature is very beneficial for our mental health especially during these uncertain times. We did see a slight increase in litter during this time which was expected but nothing excessive and a few local residents along with Councillor David Williams and myself joined in the “Lockdown Litter pick Challenge” to clear away any litter that had been dropped. 

May: The increased human activity around the woodland didn’t seem to greatly affect our wildlife though as we entered May and the woodland really burst into life for what is probably my favourite month of the year, the weather too seemed to be particularly good with long periods of warm sunshine and dry conditions which turned the woodland into a hive of activity with new life appearing every day, some of the highlights included the young Tawny Owls that were showing very well in the Peace plantation nest box, it seemed like every nest box or suitable nesting site was being used and bird song filled the air as they marked their territories and collected food to feed their young. Some of the nests I enjoyed watching included Treecreepers, Woodpeckers, Long tailed Tits, Goldcrests, Song Thrush and our resident Buzzards who again used the same nest that they had used for the previous 2 years, it seems to have been a better year for Cuckoos than in recent years with many people reporting that they had heard them calling, one of these being local Birder Melvin Eyre who saw one fly from the bottom of my garden into the woodland on May 8th, “I missed this as I was out on the front of the house celebrating the 75th anniversary of V.E Day”.

June: The warm weather was certainly good for our cold blooded woodland residents with several sightings of Grass snakes warming up in the sunshine, the warm dry Spring weather didn’t benefit everything though as the ground became so dry that many plants didn’t really get going, noticeably the Birds foot trefoil which is the food plant of the Common Blue Butterfly caterpillar, this resulted in their numbers being very down for their 1st brood and the few I did see were very small.

The lockdown period also had some negative effects for some species especially ones that feed on carrion due to the lack of available roadkill which would normally provide them with some very much needed highly nutritious food while raising their young, one casualty of this was our family of Carrion Crows who nested in Strelley wood, I was alerted by a couple of our woodland users of an injured bird that turned out to be a young Crow which was very small and malnourished this had resulted in it having deformed feet and a condition known as White feather due to a lack of calcium leaving them brittle and incapable of flight! I took it over to Brinsley Animal rescue who checked it over for any other injuries before returning home with me for recuperation ahead of possible release? This could take some time though before it’s in a suitable condition to survive in the wild although I’m pleased to report it’s currently doing very well, unfortunately I did also find one of its siblings with similar conditions that had unfortunately perished in the woods.

July: Following the warm dry spring the end of June and July became much more unsettled with some much needed rain arriving, this certainly got the vegetation growing giving cover for the many fledglings and young animals at this critical time for their survival. The heavy periods of rain helped me locate a 2nd breeding colony of the rare White Letter Hairstreak Butterflies in the woodland as the rain washed the honey dew on which they feed from the tree canopy resulting in them having to come down to seek nectar from plants such as Creeping Thistle, this colony is in the Strelley wood area which is as far away from the colony near the old Brickworks as it could be! These Biodiversity action plan species of Butterflies need Elm trees to survive and have declined in numbers by around 97% since the 1970s due to Dutch Elm disease decimating the UK’s Elm trees. 

We have also recorded a new Butterfly to the site the Silver Washed Fritillary, this large colourful Butterfly has been steadily moving Northward in recent years and is a welcome addition to our woodland, we will be planting some Dog violets around the woodland which are the food plant for their caterpillars to hopefully provide breeding habitat for them in the future, the inclusion of the Silver Washed Fritillary has taken our woodland Butterfly species count to 25 which really is an amazing achievement and testament to the ongoing management of the woodlands biodiversity.      

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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