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Woodland News....

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?!


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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. 

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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


This summer continues to be a scorcher with much higher than average temperatures and an exceptionally long period of hot dry conditions;

Our Butterflies seem to be doing very well with 20 different species reordered on our 24hr Bioblitz, this is a great number that could have easily been 21 if we had recorded a Brimstone Butterfly in the 24hr but unfortunately we didn’t get one in the time frame.

Our colony of White Letter Hairstreak are doing well in the Elms on our border with the Brickworks with up to 6 individuals being seen at one time, this is the area that we removed the trees that had suffered from Dutch elm disease and replaced with the disease resistant trees from Butterfly Conservation. The White Letter Hairstreak are rare UK butterflies that are facing extinction because their only habitat, the English elm tree, is rapidly vanishing due to Dutch elm disease. Over the past forty years the White-Letter Hairstreak population has declined by 96%! “This shows the importance of our site and its management for the future and was also of great interest to naturalist and T.V presenter Chris Packham on his recent visit to the woodland.

The Brickworks meadow continues to be an area rich in wildlife, although it was cut this year earlier than previously some good sized area have been left to nature, these hold a good amount of butterflies and other insect such as Common Blues and Meadow Grasshoppers and gave us a good species count during the Bioblitz.

Bird wise although it’s a quite time as many are now entering moult we still managed to record 45 different species during the 24hr Bioblitz with probably the best record being that of a Hobby which is a Kestrel sized raptor and summer visitor from Arica and the Southern Mediterranean that often feeds of Dragonflies that it catches and eats on the wing.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust did the Bat detecting for us and had some good numbers and good finds including Brantz Bats which they were very excited about! This bat species is the longest living of any bat as has been know to live for over 40 years which is incredible for a creature so small.

The total species recorded over the 24hr came in at 462 this is a brilliant total!

185 Plants / Trees

22 Fungi

45 Birds

8 Mammals

202 Insects of which 122 were Moths.

 I would like to thank DWT, Butterfly Conservation and all the other recorders that made this possible, also to Chris Packham and his Bioblitz team for putting us well and truly on the Wildlife Conservation map.

Shaun Walters

Conservation officer W.C.W.T