December ’19

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group
October saw our Volunteers back on the northern tumulus to clear the bracken, young tree seedlings and brambles that had sprung up during the summer. It was good to see some areas of grass starting to take hold and hopefully now the grass will become established. To our surprise, a common shrew was spotted, luckily pausing long enough for a few photos, before heading back to his/her home in the logs.
Hidden by the bracken were the slowly rotting tree stumps of the old trees that once stood there. As these became uncovered, we were amazed to find a fascinating and unusual range of fungus species. In addition to a lovely display of common sulphur tuft, there was also vibrant purple-coloured jelly fungus, a rather horrific looking cluster of dead man’s fingers and impressive birch polypore. It really has been an exceptional season for fungi, with many other species to be found all around the woodlands – of note is the bright orange-coloured wrinkled peach, not seen until a few years ago but now quite common in the woodlands. We would love to hear of any interesting species you spot when visiting – please leave them where you find them and of course do not attempt to eat!
It’s been 20 years since the Group was created following the hard fought battle to save the woodlands from being concreted over to become the Martlesham Park & Ride. We will be celebrating this anniversary at our Christmas work morning with some extra special cake and festive treats.
The PWCG Committee wishes all our Volunteers, supporters and visitors a very Happy Christmas!
Dates for the Diary
Volunteer Work Morning (all ages)
Sunday 15th December, 10:00am – Noon.
Meet at the Education Area. Tools, training and refreshments provided.
All welcome – no need to book.
Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds)
Saturday 18th January, 9:00am – 11:00am. Please book a place via our email below.

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