Friends of Big Wood Nature Reserve
Newsletter - February 2020

ACTIVITY MORNINGS

Sunday February 16th
Saturday March 14th

As usual we meet at the top of Temple Fortune Hill at10am and work until 12.30pm
with a break for coffee etc. Anyone turning up late should contact 07973541264 to
find out where we are working in the wood.

We have already completed much of the planned programme for this winter but two of the nine glades still need work to clear the remaining ground ivy and brambles.
We also need to revisit the ditches we cleared so well  in December because, following our work day, Barnet decided to clear the remaining leaves on the main
path with leaf blowers. The result was that a lot of leaves were blown back into the ditches. We are having a meeting with Barnet to ensure that leaf 
blowers are not used next autumn. We clear the ditches ourselves as Barnet use machinery which destroys the surrounding under-storey. We also need to check the ditch at the back of Oakwood Road is clear.

WALKS

The Committee has decided to organise walks in the wood during 2020 covering birds, butterflies, trees, fungi and bugs. More details and dates etc will be sent out in the next two newsletters.

 

TALKS

We have commissioned a follow-up to the 2015 breeding bird survey which will again be carried out by David Darrell-Lambert. Once he has done the ground work
during Feb-April, he will come and give a talk about the survey and findings at Fellowship House. The date has yet to be finalised

Trees
There is a marvellous short clip about the management of oak trees and the importance of not compacting the roots in Kew Gardens following the great storm of 1987
Anyone who is interested click on the following:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-51282656/the-oak-tree-in-key-gardens-that-taught-the-world-a-lesson

Annual Subscriptions

Thanks to all of you who have already renewed your subscription to the Friends of Big Wood for 2020.May we remind everyone else to renew as we need funds to carry out all our planned activities and surveys. Please complete and return the membership renewal.

The annual subscriptions for 2020, are unchanged at £15 for an individual or
£20 per household. We ask you to complete and return the membership renewal sheet
attached.

WEB SITE
Remember that all details are here on our web site so do signpost your local friends and neighbours to visit the site and encourage them join the Association and to be Friends Of Big Wood.

DATA  PROTECTION
The Friends of Big Wood Organisation is aware of the new General Data Protection Legislation. Organisations such as ours, which keep a register of names purely for recreational reasons, are exempt from the new regulations. We would advise you all that the data stored is purely to enable us to provide information about Big Wood and no information will be passed to any third party. If, nevertheless, you would like your details deleted from the list, please email us

MEDIA COVERAGE

A great article was written by Peter Falk on the formation of Friends of Bigwood and published in the Suburb News

View article - Suburb New

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