Friday, 30 December 2011

Potentially dangerous trees!

While the roads were quiet in the few days before Christmas we took the opportunity to remove some dangerous trees from along the B4371, the road that runs along the top of Wenlock Edge.
Most of the trees required a climber to go up them to cut branches off and attach the winch cable before they were felled, this is used simply to prevent the tree going the wrong way, unlikely but possible. We needed to stop the traffic very briefly as each tree was felled just in case something went wrong (a possibility when dealing with trees with possible rot or other hidden defects in the middle), by doing the work at this time disturbance to the public was kept to a minimum.

At the end of each day all the timber was removed from the site and will be sold as firewood, to raise the funds for future management of Wenlock Edge. By doing this work we have removed the risk of the trees failing in the future during high winds, blocking the road and possibly causing an accident.

The Wednesday and Thursday went really well and i took a few photos,


Friday was just wet, wet and then a bit wetter, i didn't take any more photos.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Round up of recent events.

Chelmarsh Bird Ringers came and spent a morning at the bird hide ringing birds, it was pretty successful, the catch included 1 Robin, 21 Blue Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 9 Great Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. All the birds seemed to be in good condition with colourful plumage and good fat reserves which is hardly surprising considering the amount of food they are getting through!
Other birds seen recently include, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Redwing, Fieldfare, Nuthatch, Buzzard and Raven.

Woodland management work has been continuing with felling, winching and stacking of timber taking place. We have now finished thinning the area near Harley Bank which can be seen if you walk the 'Jenny Wind' route from the Much Wenlock National Trust car park. We have thinned it quite hard, removing most of the non-native Larch trees and some of the native species such as Ash and Birch. This has opened up some lovely views as well as allowing in more light to aid natural regeneration.

Shropshire and Staffordshire National Trust Conservation Volunteers (ssntcv) were back at Wenlock Edge on Sunday, cutting and burning scrub in an area of Limestone grassland. As ever they got loads of work done whilst having fun and eating cake! Pretty impressive stuff!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Bird ringing

There will be a bird ringing demonstration tommorrow morning (saturday) at the bird hide, we will be catching a variety of different woodland species, weighing and measuring them and putting a ring on their legs before releasing them again. We will definately get some Tits and hopefully a Woodpecker and Nuthatch, its a great chance to see these lovely birds up close.
The weather forecast looks good so it will be a lovely morning for a walk as well, the hide is near the Lime kilns, a 15 minute walk from Presthope Car Park. There is no charge and we will be starting at 09.00.

Monday, 5 December 2011

New Year Nordic Walking

On Saturday 28th January 2012 we will be hosting another 'Introduction to Nordic Walking' session on Wenlock Edge. It is a great activity and offers benefits to a wide variety of people, whether you want a new fitness activity that burns more calories than simply walking, want to continue walking into older age or after injury. There will be 2 instructors on hand to advise people on the correct technique and then lead us on a 1 hour walk along the Edge.
Nordic walking poles will be provided, there is a charge of £6 per person and booking is essential as places are limited, to book a place either e-mail chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 07948072075.