Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest


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Adders awakening at Dalby

We’ve already spotted two different adders on the same day this week in the forest.

Adder at the top of Heck Dale

Adder at the top of Heck Dale

The Forestry webpage on adders is here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/adder

Adders are common snakes on the North York Moors generally and their presence demonstrates a healthy environment.

There is a thriving population in Dalby Forest and they are quite shy animals and will tend to move away from noise and movement. They are, as a rule, not aggressive but they do have a nasty bite (and most people who are bitten will have been so while trying to handle them or actually stepping on them).They are more active on warmer days and start to hibernate when the weather gets cooler. They really are unlikely to be encountered so we really got lucky to see two thanks to the arrival of the Spring sunshine.

Hope you get to spot one too but of course they are wild animals, so what you shouldn’t do is pick them up!

 


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April’s work task

This month we did some more pruning by the visitor centre as well as laying more woodchip by the new pencil maze at the park. We had a good turn out as it was then followed by our AGM. There are lots of exciting plans afoot and activities to get involved in, so watch this space!

Peter gets stuck in!

Peter gets stuck in!

Jeni and her shears

Jeni and her shears

Shovelling wood chip!

Shovelling wood chip!

The new pencil spiral maze at the park

The new pencil spiral maze at the park

Our 2015 AGM meeting at the visitor centre

Our 2015 AGM meeting at the visitor centre


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David’s Seat

David Walker was one of the original committee members when the Friends of Dalby Forest were first formed. He played many roles arranging licences, insurance, finding funds for play equipment and organising events including the first forest festival. He was part of the 100 Tree project and was a member of the walking group who planned the Woodcock Way. He walked every week in the forest. When he died in August 2012, his family asked if he could be remembered in Dalby in the forest he loved. We are pleased to say that you can now find David’s Seat at the start of the Yellow walking trail, looking down onto a wonderful view to the visitor centre. Take a moment to sit and enjoy the forest when you next pass just as David did.

David Walker on the route of the Woodcock Way

David Walker on the route of the Woodcock Way

David's Seat

David’s Seat

View from David's Seat

View from David’s Seat

 


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Planning our Duck Dash!

We are thinking of again holding our very popular Duck Dash races in the stream near the Visitor Centre on the May Day Bank Holiday – Monday 4th May 2015 – to raise money and promote the Friends of Dalby.

However for the event to go ahead we would need to confirm sufficient volunteer numbers. Assistance is required both in and alongside the stream for the Duck Dash as well as in the Visitor Centre to sell tickets (or outside if the weather is good).

Would you please let us know by 10th March if you are available and willing to help on 4th May. We already have at least one willing volunteer for being in the water!

duck-dash


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How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

Some great tips from http://www.crocus.co.uk/features/_/articleid.972/ on how to encourage birds, creatures and insects into your garden, and the kind of garden features to incorporate.

The forest garden in the Lower Courtyard at Dalby where we have been working last Autumn has many of these features. Of course we are especially lucky because we have a built-in water feature flowing right alongside! Can’t wait to watch it grow back in the spring.

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The forest garden at the courtyard in Lower Dalby


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Nature Words

An interesting read! It’s sad to think that nature words are falling out of use for some children in the UK, and by extension, losing some of that connection too.

acorn adder ash beech blackberry bluebell bramble brook buttercup catkin clover conker cowslip cygnet dandelion fern fungus gorse hazel hazelnut heather heron holly horse chestnut ivy kingfisher lark magpie minnow newt otter pansy pasture poppy porpoise primrose raven starling stoat stork sycamore thrush weasel violet willow wren

http://www.thelandreader.com/blog/lost-for-words

Building a bug house in Dalby

Building a bug house in Dalby (c) J Winters. All rights reserved

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