The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group held a fund raising open day in an area of countryside in Sayers Common on 6th May with the kind permission of the landowners. The day was exceptionally warm, the bluebells in the woodland were at their best and the refreshments provided afterwards by the owners were excellent. Many people attended and took part in the guided walks around the woodland and surrounding fields to witness the nature conservation work undertaken by the group over many years.
The fragrance of the bluebells permeated the woodland as the attendees toured the woodland pond, observed bat boxes and tawny owl box in the area, saw frog breeding ponds and dormice investigation tubes, peered under reptile mats and witnessed the barn owl boxes in surrounding fields. There was also a friendly cuckoo calling loudly in the woods which added value to the experience.
All attendees appeared to enjoy the afternoon and found it rewarding. They also generously contributed donations towards our work and have succeeded in boosting our funds considerably. It appears to have been a valuable experience for all and one which we are very grateful to the landowners for allowing and working hard to help make it a success.
The bluebells were magnificent and their aroma filled the woodland.
Attendees begin to gather around the woodland pond…
…to appreciate the work done to clear it….
…and then proceed on a walk through the woodland admiring the natural beauty as they proceed.
Here they pause beneath a barn owl box to learn about the group’s work…
…before returning back to the refreshment area where the landowners had provided some delicious food and drink to end an enjoyable day.