We’re pleased to have confirmed the date of our very popular duck dash — Sunday 9th August at the stream by the main visitor centre in the forest.
Hope to see you there!
Sunday 21st June will be our next work task.
This will be at the Enchanted Wood (near Adderstone Field where there is car parking and toilets) and will involve building up the brash perimeter fence, patching up the stone wall running along the front of the wood, litter picking and general tidying. If there are sufficient volunteers there will also be some work to do on some of the nearby walking trails. The task will commence at 9 am but as usual just turn up when you can.
Just let us know if you intend to come along!
This month’s worktask saw us assisting Mark Ellis at the dry stone maze he is is building at Dalby. Given its planned size, it is still in its embryonic stage, we helped sort and move stones around which will help him as he finishes off the inner circle and start on the next wall.
The weather stayed dry and the children even helped a little (but they moved on to more important tasks like building a den naturally). We did not disturb the nesting wagtails who have taken up residence in one of the gaps in the wall and we even re-homed a toad which was living under the pile of stones we were moving. All in all a fabulous day out. Thanks to everyone, including the 3 new volunteers, who came along to help.
Some of us were volunteering at the Forest helping with the parking, and SOME of us had to work on Day 1 of the inaugral Tour De Yorkshire! Official pictures are here, but thank goodness for social media. Here’s a compilation of some of the Twitter posts of visitors and peloton as they made their way through our lovely forest!
— Jonathan Cowap (@joncowap) May 1, 2015
— The Scarborough News (@TheScarboroNews) May 1, 2015
— Jon Bateman (@jonbateman) May 1, 2015
— VisitEngland (@VisitEngland) May 1, 2015
— Reaper MiniBMX (@ReaperMiniBMX) May 1, 2015
Here’s Marc Hester up with our car. Just been through the very beautiful Dalby Forest > pic.twitter.com/J4xyX1EHDz
— ONE Pro Cycling (@ONEProCycling) May 1, 2015
— Jules Bellerby (@Julesradio) May 1, 2015
Great crowds at Cote de Dalby Forest pic.twitter.com/cIUovefWEs
— John Vicars (@JV1702) May 1, 2015
— Dalby Forest (@Dalby_Forest) May 1, 2015
— Bronagh (@BeebsyMcA) May 1, 2015
— Dave Holborn (@daveholborn) May 1, 2015
— Kiwi Cottage (@Kiwi_Cottage) May 1, 2015
— Vaughn Ridley (@vaughnridley) May 1, 2015
— Lee Wild (@leewild1) May 1, 2015
— Cycling Shorts. (@CyclingShortsUK) May 1, 2015
— Nathalie Hoogeveen (@nath_hoogeveen) May 1, 2015
— Paul Bryan (@paul450tvr) May 1, 2015
— The Yorkshire Post (@yorkshirepost) May 1, 2015
— Little Jim (@LittleJimArnold) May 1, 2015
— Dave shields (@dsh1967) May 1, 2015
— pedalnorth.com (@pedalnorth) May 1, 2015
— NorthYorksPolice RPG (@NYorksRPG) May 1, 2015
We’ve already spotted two different adders on the same day this week in the forest.
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!
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!
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.