April ’19

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

This time last year our area of the UK was in the ice-cold grip of the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ with snow laying heavily on the ground during the first day of meteorological Spring. Roll on 12 months and the weather for February’s Working Party could not have been more different with bright sunshine and blue skies. It was lovely to see snowdrops poking through the leaf litter showing that spring has truly sprung!

During the morning the Volunteers concentrated on clearing and cutting back the hedges along the edge of the woodland by the A1214 main road. Using saws, secateurs and loppers, the hedgerow was thinned and shortened. This was done to encourage thicker and denser vegetation growth which will provide prime nesting sites for the local birdlife as they start breeding over the next few months. This needed to be done before spring to avoid causing disturbance to the nesting birds. There was also a collection of larger branches picked up from the surrounding woodland that were used to repair and extend a dead hedge at the police headquarters end of the woods.

If you haven’t wandered through the woods for a while please take the time to walk along our three signposted trails and enjoy the calmness of the woodlands. The green acorn highlights the wildlife and nature walk, the red plane leads to and around notable historic features within the woods (the tumuli and sandbag revetments for example) and lastly the blue dragonfly will lead you to the pond area. Look out for seasonal flowers such as snowdrops, crocus and daffodil as well as the local fauna especially nesting birds in the hedgerows and bird boxes (please ensure you remain a respectful distance from the wildlife).

The Group’s AGM is on Monday 8th April and all are welcome to come and see what we do, congratulate this year’s young winner of the Nature Explorers Award and enjoy a short presentation about our local badgers. Additionally, please would any nominations to stand for our Committee be submitted via the Group’s email by 4th April.



Dates for the Diary


Volunteer Work Morning (all ages)
Sunday 28th April, 10am – Noon.

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

All ages welcome – no need to book.


Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds)

Saturday 18th May, 9am – 11:00am. Please book a place via our email below.


Nature Watch Club (5-11 year olds)

2019 dates to be confirmed.


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 go over to our website: pwcg.onesuffolk.net  or join our members’ Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting.