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The Beavers have arrived! - July 2018

Woorgreen and Crabtree Hill Nature Walk - June 2018

The Titanic Pond - April 2018

The Beaver Project - April 2018

Newt Survey at Wigpool

Rare Trees Press release

The Beaver Project - January 2018

 

The Beavers have arrived! - July 2018

The Beavers have arrived! A pair of Eurasian beavers have been released at Greathough Brook in the Forest of Dean! We're thrilled to have these fantastic creatures in our woodlands again and can't wait to see what they get up to over the coming months.

The beaver project has taken 3 years to reach this stage and the Dean Green Team have been involved all this time. We have done many surveys of the existing trees and habitat as well as tree guarding any trees which the beavers could fell near to the fencing. The site is 6 acres and the team and local people will regularly be checking the fencing in the future.

 

 

Woorgreen and Crabtree Hill Nature Walk - June 2018

On a hot, sunny afternoon, a large group were gathered for a walk around Crabtree Hill on a guided walk by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Kevin Caster, the GWT ranger in the Forest of Dean, explained exactly why and how this area of rare heathland evolved and what is required for its future. The area of about 10 hectares is to be fenced so that Highland cattle and Exmoor ponies can forage here to keep the heathland healthy. The fencing will have access gates for the public. The Dean Green Team have spent many years regularly visiting to keep the birch from overwhelming the site and will continue to do this in the future. 

The group at the end of the afternoon.

 

Coffee, tea, cakes and refreshing cold drinks were provided as well as informative notice boards.

 

 

Woorgreen Lake water lilies are in full flower now!

 

 

The Titanic Pond - April 2018

The Titanic pond was worked on by the Dean Green Team on the 13th March   See Here

Amazingly, for the first time ever, newts have now appeared in the pond! This is a major success!

 

 

 

The Beaver Project - April 2018

The fencing at Piano Corner along Greathough Brook is starting to go up! We are expecting to have two adult beavers and two juveniles which should arrive this summer. The Dean Green Team have done many surveys of the flora and fauna over the last couple of years and will continue to do this in the future to see what effect the beavers will have on the environment.

The image below is of a barrier put across the top of the stream to prevent the beavers from leaving the area. There are three of these barriers on the stream.

 

The bottom end of the stream is really filled with water now after the recent rain and is gushing down the valley.

 

 

This is the fencing which is very professionally being erected..

 

Newt Survey at Wigpool

 

Dave Dewsbury, the County Recorder for Amphibians and Reptiles, organised a newt survey at Wigpool lake. He had put a series of his Dewsbury newt traps in the lake the night before. A good collection of adults and children came out in the morning, which was bright and fresh, to see what we could find in the various traps. These traps provide a safe way for the newts to congregate as they swim into them for refuge. There were loads of newts including all three British species - the Great Crested, Palmate and Smooth newt - and both male and female were found. The newts must be very abundant in this lake. Wigpool Lake is the only natural lake in the Forest of Dean as all the other lakes are man made.

The image below shows one of the white traps being pulled in by the children

 

There will be another survey at Woorgreen Lake on 28/29 April. Setting out the equipment from 4pm on Saturday, 28 April. Meet in the car park opposite the Arboretum at 9am. On Sunday, 29th April we will be checking the newts at a later time of 11am as part of the Forest Activities Festival. The Activities Festival will be taking place on Speech House Field from 10am. To take part in the newt survey either meet us at the Foresters' Forest stand on the field at 10:45 or in the car park opposite the Arboretum at 11.00.

 

Rare Trees Press release

 

The Beaver Project - January 2018

The project to introduce beavers to Greathough Brook at Piano Corner is, at last, beginning to take shape. Preparation in the valley is proceeding very well now and the fencing is due to be erected in the next couple of months. The Dean Green Team have done many surveys of the flora and fauna over the last couple of years and will continue to do this in the future to see what effect the beavers will have on the environment.

The image below is of a rain gauge which has been situated in the valley for quite a few months and it is designed to measure the rainfall before it travels to the stream.

 

The bulldozers have been round all the existing tracks which encircles the valley for nearly 2 miles to open them up in preparation for the fencing. It might look rather messy right now but the vegetation will soon grow over it in the spring and summer. There is also a new part of the track going steeply down the hill to complete the ring fencing.

 

 

A new pipe has been installed which takes the water directly through a soggy area where it collects from the high slopes of the valley.

 

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