September ’19

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

After the short summer break, the Volunteers are back to work on the 21st of this month.

At the June volunteer meeting, the long process of putting bark chippings on the paths through the woods to maintain an all-weather surface was still ongoing – hopefully all those that use the woods have started to see the difference in the condition of the paths.

In mid-July the group was pleased to attend the Martlesham Village Fête where we had a small display – thank you to all that came and had a chat and thanks to the organisers of this great event. We are very aware that community engagement is essential to the job of conservation and the event was a great opportunity for getting some feedback from the public.

Recently there have been some great wildlife sightings in the woods – grey squirrel being a common occurrence as well as Jays and a comma butterfly – we’d love to hear if you have seen anything at all during your walk through the woods as it may well be something that’s not been seen before!

Finally, many thanks for the donation of a wheelbarrow which has become particularly useful as we have just recently had one break! We’ve also had some tree saplings donated – sweet chestnut and aspen, which we hope to find suitable locations to plant out in the woods later in the year. They are much appreciated.

If you fancy getting involved with local wildlife projects and continuing to ensure the survival of these woodlands for all to share, then please don’t hesitate to contact us using the details below – we look forward to seeing some new faces!


Dates for the Diary

Volunteer Work Morning (all ages)
Saturday 21st September, 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 September, 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.