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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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1st WCWT Event in 2020!!, Join us for the Waingroves Woodland Wassail Saturday 11th Jan from 2pm Waingroves Community Center, further info in Events.   


2020 Woodland calendars are now on sale £5, visit the online shop to purchase :-)


Forest School

Saturday club starts again on 28th September 2019 10 til 12noon and is held on alternate Saturdays. There are limited new places available so its advisable to contact Jenny on 07805129153 as soon as possible to ensure a place. Cost are £10 per person and the age range is for 5 to 12 year olds. 


Nigel Mills visited the Forest School in Waingroves wood on Wednesday - 28th August!!!

Follow Nigel on Twitter: @nigelmills. Like Nigel on Facebook here.


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. 

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


December 2019 / Jan 2020: Conservation report:

Following on from the wettest autumn on record we have so far had the warmest winter on record, this is something we will unfortunately see more of as our climate changes, some of the noticeable effects of this have seen around the woodland are the lack of our winter migrant birds such as Fieldfare and Redwing who’s numbers have been well down this year, it’s also noticeable that more insects have been active than you would expect to see through the winter months, we have even had insect larvae in the wetland pond! All these insect have provided food for many of our resident birds though which may explain a drop in number visiting garden feeders.

There has been some notable winter sightings though, mid-January I watched a skein of 300 plus very vocal Pink footed geese flying in formation over the woodland which was a wonderful sight and sound, we have also had some Waxwings quite locally with sightings at Tupton near Chesterfield, “hopefully we may get more of these beautiful birds before winter ends?”  

You may have seen our local Buzzards inside the woodland over the winter as they change their hunting tactics from riding the thermals while looking out for prey to more of an owl like ambush, dropping from branches onto unsuspecting prey such as mice and voles, you will also see them in the fields feeding on earthworms. 

As we move into late winter you will notice much more activity with many of our woodland birds starting to stake their territories and pairing up for the breeding season, you will be hearing our Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming to attract a mate and in the night you will probably hear strange blood-curdling cries which actually are the love calls of foxes, and signal the arrival of the mating season, You’ll hear two typical calls at this time of year, the raucous triple bark, which the dominant dog fox uses to proclaim his territory, and a loud wailing scream of the Vixen, once mating is over, the vixen wastes no time in preparing an earth for her spring litter.

Shaun Walters

Conservation officer W.C.W.T

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