Each Spring the Friends of Hillhouse Wood organise two guided walks – one to look at the Bluebells, and a Dawn Chorus one. These are normally 2-3 weeks apart, to match each one to when its subjects are at their best. However this year things were different, and for the first time ever we ran both walks on the same weekend. Continue reading
Chopped and cooked leaves were used to flavour food. The leaves were used in salads. Ramsons were used to generally promote health and aid digestions, to treat high blood pressure, internal worms and asthma. Continue reading
On Saturday I led another nature walk around Hillhouse wood. At least with most of the ‘action’ centring on flowers I knew that there would be something to see – they can’t run, slither, swim or fly away. Continue reading
In my spare time (ha ha) I am involved with the management of a local wood. This is owned by The Woodland Trust, but has a group of local volunteers who do much of the practical work. A highlight of the wood is its display of Bluebells (it featured in The Times’ recent list of ten great woods to visit), and each spring we organise guided walks to show people what the wood has to offer. Since the recent sad demise of local wildlife expert Joe Firmin I have stepped in as a very inadequate replacement. I used some of the information we’ve collated for the app to add a little extra interest to what I was able to tell people.
This is my report of the walk … Continue reading