Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

The new decade started for us in January with our annual survey and clean out of our bird boxes. Overall, 80% of the boxes had been used, about the same as last year.  I am pleased to report that the new construction boxes that had been built and fitted by the 1st Martlesham Scout Troop and Girlguiding 1st Martlesham Heath Rangers, have proved popular with the birds, with 5 out of the 6 new boxes having been used.  Several more of the original wooden boxes had deteriorated beyond repair and so I expect we will be replacing them with these new plastic ones. The main volunteers did some patching up of the wood-chipped paths and cleared mud and decomposed leaves off a section of the perimeter track.

You might have noticed that quite a few trees have been felled around the woods over the past few months, and although it easy to see where trees have died, or become unsafe after strong winds, others have hidden dangers, such as sections of trunks becoming diseased and rotten, often from within.  The Group carries out regular surveys as well as the Parish to try to spot and deal with these before they become a problem, and we also welcome reports from users about anything looking dangerous, particularly along the paths.

As we move into spring, please contact us below if you would like to join us at a volunteer morning.

Dates for the Diary

Volunteer Work Morning (all ages)
Saturday 21st March, 10:00am – Noon.

Meet at the Education Area. Tools, training and light refreshments provided.

All welcome – no need to book.

Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds)

Saturday 21st March, 9:00am – 11:00am. Please book a place via our email address below.

New volunteers of all ages and abilities are always welcome. No experience needed. For further information, please contact us at pwcg.martlesham@gmail.com, phone: 01473 612632 or visit our website: pwcg.onesuffolk.net  or join our members’ Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting.

Stephen Corley, Chairman