Last week we had the entire Bury C of E Primary School loose in Northwood! With the aid of two minibuses and two trips we successfully ferried all the children and teachers over for a session of woodland discovery and den building. Lots of energy was burned off running through the War Ag. Fields and lots of eyes helped me check for sapling survival in over 400 tree tubes. The good news was that only four dead trees were found. We even put our wildlife detective caps on and discovered a pile of pheasant feathers, coming to the conclusion that the bird had been taken away by a fox. Did you know that if the quill of the feathers are chewed it’s been eaten by a mammal and if it’s still all intact, it’s most likely been plucked by a bird (like a sparrowhawk).
I’ve also been over to Bury Primary School once a week this term to help spring clean their pond and swat up on their bird identification skills. A lot of teamwork went into clearing out the pond, as well as the surrounding area. New growth is already shooting up and toad tadpoles are swimming around. Even the odd smooth newt has been spotted.
We also had the National Trust Nyman Rangers and volunteers in Northwood last week constructing one of our 5ft tree guards. With the lull of hot chocolate alfresco, the guard was put up in record time. Nyman’s come out to Northwood every year to give a helping hand so massive thanks guys and we look forward to your 2018 visit!