February ’19

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

The December working party saw our volunteers clear a length of the main path through Portal Woodlands as it had become slightly overgrown and muddy underfoot over the summer and autumn. This included trimming back low hanging branches and brambles, pushing back the soil and rotted leaves that had spread on to the path and sweeping up debris. This path is the ‘perimeter track’ of the old airfield infrastructure, and is part of the Sandlings Walk which offers a 55 mile trek from Rushmere Heath to Southwold, passing through the forests and remaining fragments of East Suffolk’s Sandling Heaths. Walkers, runners and cyclists share this section of the walk and it is now more accessible to everyone.

Another task finished off was the fixing into place of a couple of additional waymarkers to make our nature and historic walks circular. Now, walkers can start these walks anywhere along the routes, and not get lost. The green acorn highlights the nature walk, the red aircraft leads to and around notable historic features within the woods (the tumuli, fuel tanks and sandbag revetments for example) and lastly the blue dragonfly will lead you to the pond area.

The session was a little shorter than normal as we celebrated Christmas with a buffet by Katie’s tree to thank all our volunteers for their hard work over the year. We would like to thank the Martlesham Parish Council for the box of sweets that was well received – and mostly eaten!

According to some weather forecasters the weather will soon be turning colder and more like a proper winter. Please try to remember the nature on our doorsteps and supply some clean water and a few seeds to keep the birds and other creatures going while their normal food and drinking sites are frozen over.

The group is dedicated to conserving the woodlands, encouraging the local wildlife to thrive and preserving historical sites of interest as well as inspiring people to enjoy the nature surrounding them. Volunteering with us is a great way to learn skills, make friends and get active. No experience is needed. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and clothes that are appropriate for the weather (and that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty). Training, tools and a tea break are all provided! Now is the time to keep up that New Year’s resolution to get out in the fresh air more often…

Dates for the Diary

Volunteer Work Morning (all ages)
Sunday 17th February, 10:00am – Noon.
Meet at the Education Area.
All welcome – no need to book.

Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds)

Saturday 16th March, 9:00am – 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 visit our website: pwcg.onesuffolk.net or join our members’ Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting.