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Friends of Big Wood Nature Reserve
Newsletter - March 2020


The rearranged February Activity morning had a good turnout- thank you everybody for being so flexible. Apart from
some brambles/ground ivy in two of the nine glades, we have now completed the planned programme of work in Big Wood for this winter so we have decided to concentrate on Littlewood on March 14th when the next Activity morning is planned.
For ease of assembly we will meet, as usual, at the Big Wood entrance at the top of Temple Fortune Hill and then walk together to Littlewood. Anyone arriving late should go direct to Littlewood and telephone 07973541264 for final directions.

So don’t forget Activity Morning on Saturday March 14th starting at 10am until 12.30


Bruce Mackay has emailed you with details of both the walk on March 15th and the early morning bird walk on April 19th.

The walk on “The blooming Bryophytes of Big Wood” is taking place at 2pm on Sunday March 15th. Led by Jeff Duckett from the Natural History Museum, this promises to be a fascinating afternoon. If you have not yet booked your place, contact Committee Member Geoff Segar on as Bruce will be away on this date.

The early morning bird walk taking place on Sunday April 19th at 5am!! will be especially interesting  this year as we have commissioned David Darrell-Lambert to update the bird survey he carried out in Big Wood 5 years ago and he will have completed his field work by the time of the walk. Contact Bruce Mackay on to reserve your place on this walk.


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:-

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

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.

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


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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