We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

 
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work party 24/07/2016

work party 24/07/2016

work party 26/06/2016

work party 26/06/2016

Work Party 22/05/2016

Work Party 22/05/2016

work party 24/04/2016

work party 24/04/2016

About the wood

Founded 22 January 2008: Seventh Annual Report   There were 9 meetings of the Friends of Sharphill Wood in the year to 10 May 2016. The Annual General Meeting, postponed to 9 June 2015, elected Phil...

Birds

To date, over 40 bird species have been recorded either in Sharphill Wood or using the surrounding farmland. Allow me take you on a quick guided tour. Starting in the surrounding farmland, look...

Nature in the wood

One sunday morning last September I persuaded my son and daughter to visit the wood with the fungus crowd. By which I mean the Nottinghamshire Fungi Group. They really were a crowd, about 20 of...

Work Parties

On the 4th Sunday of each month we meet at the top of Peveril Drive at approximately 09:45, so we can get the tools up the hill, to start work for 10:00. Our normal work parties are from 10:00am...

Recent Articles

work party 24/07/2016

Excellent weather today, and as we were working inside the wood we were sheltered from the heat of the sun, although insects were an annoyance at times. This being the last work party during the bird nesting season, we limited ourselves to path work and preparation for the autumn. Phil and Chrissie painstakingly scraped more mud from the “swamp of doom”, and although there was little to show, I’m sure it will help. The rest of us used grass hooks, loppers and shears to cut back some of the encroaching vegetation towards the top of the western path. After a drinks break, we then moved to the “plantation” area in the north-west corner of the wood and marked trees for coppicing and felling later in the year.
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flower surveys 2001-2014

 

Our flower surveys 2001 to 2014 flora and fauna spreadsheet , click here

 
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Nest Box Survey Report 2016

Led by John Elwell and ably assisted by Rosemary Dove, Simon Jackson, Lib Jones, Zdena Parish, Mike Rivett and Chrissie Wells, nest boxes at Sharphill Wood have once again been inspected during the nesting season and data gathered has been submitted to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme (NRS) http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/nrs.
 
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Friends of Sharphill Wood Annual Report 2016

Founded 22 January 2008: Seventh Annual Report

 

There were 9 meetings of the Friends of Sharphill Wood in the year to 10 May 2016. The Annual General Meeting, postponed to 9 June 2015, elected Phil Miller (Chair), Mike Rivett (Vice Chair), Chrissie Wells (Treasurer), Jo Miller (Publicity Officer) John Elwell (Work Party Coordinator) and Bill Logan (Secretary).

 

There were 102 Friends on the circulation list in May 2016.

 

Management developments

 

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work party 26/06/2016

Today’s work party took place in dry but cloudy conditions with mud underfoot in many places following rain overnight and during the previous few days. Except towards the northern end, much of the main path had vegetation encroaching, making it quite narrow in places. Fortunately Nick Mills from NWT’s Skylarks reserve came with three scythes and showed us how to use them. After we had all practised, Nick, Mike and John completed the clearing of the path, while Phil, Ian and Rod undertook other tasks. Phil and Ian attempted to remove some of the excess mud from the worst swampy area on the main path, the hope being that as we bring more stones there in future they will not be quite so submerged in mud.

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Work Party 22/05/2016

Today we enjoyed perfect weather, with the wood in its full spring glory. Because of the bird nesting season we were restricted in what we could do. The main task was to tidy up the area in the north east that gets used for parties and BMX biking. Once again we moved some logs (many of them burnt) and picked up plenty or litter, including small fragments of glass. Some new humps had been created for biking, and we levelled these off. It seems that timber used for path edging and stones used to improve muddy areas of paths had been deployed in the construction of some of these ramps. After a drinks break we checked out the whips down the eastern side again, removing some of the recent growth around them and attending to guards and canes.
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Wildlife on your Doorstep Award

Congratulations to Harry who won the Individual award for Wildlife on your Doorstep by the South Notts Local Group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Harry is a  regular contributor to the Firends of Sharphill Wood work parties. He was presented with the Award at the AGM of the Local Group on Thursday 21st April by Erin McDaid, who said that young people who commit to working for their environment and community are exemplary and should be encouraged and rewarded. We agree!

Well done Harry :-)

by Chrissie W

 

 
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work party 24/04/2016

Fine weather once again – we have been lucky at recent work parties. Now we are into the bird nesting season, we were somewhat restricted in what we could do, so we had a fairly short work party doing some odds and ends. Rod busied himself with tending to whips again, mainly in the vicinity of the central path. Chrissie and Phil treated the ladder boards again with linseed oil. The rest of us used fallen branches near the eastern path to mark the edges of the path, particularly near the party area towards the north-east corner. As usual there was plenty of litter to bring down, including some bottles.
John E
work party co ordinator
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