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7 March 2023

Blakes Wood

Grid Ref SO 5550 1236



This was a rarity as Blakes Wood is an area we had not been to before. We split into two teams - one team went to a rather large pond where we were coppicing around it's perimeter and the other team went deeper into the wood to clear an area noted for it's wild orchids.

The coppicing around this pond was done to increase the light across the pond. Toads are known to frequent this pond.

This is the orchid area and all the small cut trees which can be seen were piled into habitat piles.

We were fortunate to have a small fire to warm us up during the lunch break.

The weather forecast for the rest of the week is snow and unusually cold weather for March.