Friday, 22 November 2013

The view from my office

This afternoon i was moving timber around with the tractor in the woods, eventually i emerged out of the trees to be met by a wonderful sunset.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Woodland work

Today was a brilliant day at work! I have been spending quite a lot of time in the office lately and while this ok and a necessity of the job it isn't as good as being outdoors, especially on a crisp Autumn day, felling trees and carrying out conservation work.

I was working with two volunteers on the edge of a block of woodland that is soon to be thinned (removing the weaker trees to give the better ones more room and allowing natural regeneration to take place). Out task was to take out the trees that would fall onto the track and burn up the brash, this means that once the thinning work begins properly no time will be lost clearing the path of brash. (i hope that makes sense).

We made quite a difference!

Lovely Autumn colours and a puff of smoke from our work site.

Late afternoon sun catches some Larch on Wenlock Edge.

The view from the top of the Edge

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Seasonal treats

The woods on Wenlock Edge look stunning at the moment due to the fantastic Autumn colours. It has been a great display for the last few weeks and will probably last for another week or so, depending on what weather we get this week.
Looking great at the moment are the bright yellow needles of Larch, the only conifer i know of thats sheds its needles and the golden brown of the Beech. Both of these species can be seen on our waymarked routes from the National Trust car parks on the Edge, so whether you are planning a run or walk now is a great time to visit. If cycling or horse riding are your preferred modes of travel then our bridleways also offer these aesthetic delights.
Beech leaves
If you can take your eyes off the trees and look down at the ground there is plenty of fungus about, it can be tricky to spot amongst the fallen leaves but it is really interesting (honestly) and worth the effort.
Purple Jellydisc
Fairy Inkcap

The feeders at the bird hide are now getting busier, regular visitors include Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch, seen below.