June ’19

Martlesham News

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

Our AGM took place on 9th April, when, I am pleased to report that all the existing Committee members were re-elected.  At the meeting, George Pennick has crowned this year’s winner of the Nature Explorers Award in recognition of his contribution to conservation in the Parish of Martlesham, and was presented with The Powling Cup. The cup, previously used for Martlesham Village Produce Association ‘Best in Show’ winner from 1947 to 2008, was donated by Phillip Powling to the Association in memory of the men who lost their lives in WWII.  George also received an engraved glass plaque, certificate and wildlife book all to keep – well done to George! The meeting was rounded off with a fascinating talk by Duncan Sweeting on badgers in the Suffolk area.


Later in April, our Volunteers cleared brambles, saplings, and other young shoots from the southern tumulus (Bronze Age burial mound) before the new spring growth had become too vigorous.  We were pleased to see that lush green grass was establishing itself well in the areas we had previously cleared – just as we had hoped and that wildflowers, such as bluebell and forget-me-not had already started to take hold. The Volunteers also took the opportunity to dismantle a number of ‘dens’ that had appeared over the Easter holidays and used the branches to reinforce the dead hedging around the tumulus. Unfortunately, the hedge had been broken down by walkers who fail to respect the importance of conserving this ancient monument which has the same protected status as Stonehenge.

Wildlife continues to abound in the woods, with a notable show of bluebells this year, as well as seasonal butterflies, such the orange-tip, and an uncommon sighting of a pair of treecreepers.


Dates for the Diary

Volunteer Work Morning (all ages)
Sunday 16th June, 10:00am – Noon.
Meet in the Education Area. Tools, training and light refreshments provided.
All welcome – no need to book.

Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds)

Saturday 20th July, 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Please book a place via our email below.

Annual Glow Worm Survey and Bat Walk
Friday 28th June. All welcome, no need to book. Meet at the Control Tower at 9:15 pm, finish around 10:30 pm, bring warm clothes and a torch. Subject to the weather.

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.