The Heart of England Forest http://www.heartofenglandforest.com We're planting tomorrow's great native woodland one tree at a time. A new broadleaf forest across south Warwickshire and Worcestershire that's for everyone to enjoy. Tue, 26 May 2015 14:58:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Get your coat! http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/get-your-coat/ http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/get-your-coat/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:19:56 +0000 http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/?p=310 The post Get your coat! appeared first on The Heart of England Forest.

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 katieWhen her school gave her a spare afternoon a week for work experience, 17-year-old Katie Hillier headed straight to the forest…

‘On Wednesday afternoons, my school allows us to do work experience. I’m interested in biology and conservation and I wanted to do something a bit different.

‘I’ve been walking in the Heart of England Forest for years, and I always knew it was a really fantastic project.

‘For the past few weeks, I’ve been working around the Spernal Estate, taking the tubes off the young trees that have reached a height where they can grow without support.

‘I absolutely love volunteering in the forest. Because I only do it once a week, I get to see a real difference every time I come. It’s amazing how much changes with each visit.

‘The field we were in today was planted with five-year-old trees, but just up the hill is a 600-year-old wood. So it was such a clear contrast, it was amazing.

‘Even before I started volunteering, I knew it was a very special place. You can just tell from the variety of flora and fauna, it’s so natural and wild.

‘I know loads of kids who are at that age when they’re so curious, and they have so many questions to ask. The forest opens up a whole new world.

‘I’m probably quite biased in my enthusiasm! But honestly, I’m really honoured to be a part of the forest.’

If you’d like to volunteer at the forest, please give us a call or send us an email today. Click here for more information about volunteering, including how a regular donation could provide essential tree-planting equipment to help us grow the forest.

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Great news: the hunters are thriving! http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/great-news-the-hunters-are-back/ http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/great-news-the-hunters-are-back/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:13:38 +0000 http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/?p=306 The post Great news: the hunters are thriving! appeared first on The Heart of England Forest.

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great-newsAmazingly, last year the chances of spotting a kestrel, or even an owl, were higher than ever before on both the Dorsington and Spernal estates in the Heart of England Forest.

After a mild winter, and with a thriving vole population to keep hungry chicks happy, mid-year reports came in of early laying tawny and barn owls. Sure enough, by October, volunteers had ringed more barn owl chicks than ever before in a single year, making it a contender for one of the best ‘raptor’ seasons on record. In fact, both owl species and the kestrels produced clutches up to 40% above the average.

There are 84 nesting boxes in total across the forest: 28 at Dorsington, 47 at Spernal and 9 at Honeybourne. It’s thought that there are at least 11 barn owl pairs in the forest, 7 tawny owl pairs and as many as 10 kestrel pairs.

As well as ringing the chicks, the British Trust for Ornithology also compiles electronic nest-record cards, as part of their monitoring. They record the distribution and number of nests, trends in egg laying, clutch and brood sizes, and survival rates.

All of this information helps provide an early warning of population changes and the possible reasons – vital information for the conservation of these incredible birds.

Can you help support our rare and beautiful birds of prey?

A monthly donation of just £3 can help us protect and maintain our established woodland, providing natural habitats and supporting the conservation projects for our precious native wildlife.

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Stephen’s seasons http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/stephens-seasons/ http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/stephens-seasons/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:09:12 +0000 http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/?p=304 The post Stephen’s seasons appeared first on The Heart of England Forest.

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IMG_7452 copy‘Spring and summer are really exciting seasons in the forest. Once the winter planting comes to an end, new life shoots up everywhere. Then, as the days get longer and warmer, the forest is full of colour and noise and the air is thick with floral aromas. ‘In late June, the small-leaved lime flowers appear in their sweet-smelling clusters. Berries swell on shrubs and flowering trees in the hedgerows, and the woodlands are full of butterflies like the Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Gatekeeper and Holly Blue. ‘If you’re really lucky, you can spot kingfishers along streams and the River Avon.’ Stephen Coffey, head forester Heart of England Forest  

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Guided Walks in the Forest http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/guided-walks-in-the-forest/ http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/news/guided-walks-in-the-forest/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:33:38 +0000 http://www.heartofenglandforest.com/?p=300 The post Guided Walks in the Forest appeared first on The Heart of England Forest.

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