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Results from the P7 Ivy & Nettle Clearing

From a distance the bank beside the path in Hopeward Wood, cleared of ivy by P7 pupils from Donibristle Primary at the end of November, still looks mostly like bare soil, but a closer inspection reveals dense drifts of seedlings that have emerged from dormant seed. No doubt many will turn out to be Sticky Willie, an ever present path-side annual with large hard seeds easily spread by people and animals, but there will be other plants too, and not all seeds germinate this early in the year, so there will be more variety to be seen as the year progresses. Elsewhere, in Bathing House Wood, on the path-side area cleared of nettles by P7s at the end of 2015, the feathery leaves of Cow Parsley ar

Nest Box Survey

Several nest boxes were put up in each of our woods in January 2016 and while nesting activity had been noticed in some of the boxes during the last summer, most were quite hard to see once the trees were in leaf. The first work party of 2018 was a chance for our small team to survey all of them and see which of them had evidence of being used over the past two summers. As the days now begin to lengthen, Blue and Great Tits will begin to explore available nest sites, so this was an opportunity to look into the boxes before the birds get serious about finding a nest site. Of the 9 tit boxes we had put up 8 had nest material in them. This does not necessarily mean that broods had been raise

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