Although the woods are a little bare of flowers just now, there are masses of these lovely scabious in the rough, parallel to the drive beyond the practice area. There seem to be more this year than ever before, and were attracting masses of bumblebees on the day when this photograph was taken.
The rainstorms, following weeks of dry weather, have bought down a number of branches in the woods, none very drastic although some paths were blocked. The casualties have mostly been from standing dead trees, the largest being at the top of the path parallel with the 7th hole, where the top two-thirds of a tree came down. It caused remarkably little damage, considering the size of the tree. The centre was completely rotten, but been providing lots of ‘habitat’ for nesting birds [probably crows] and insects. It will be left where it fell so that it can continue to provide a home for invertebrates and fungi to add to the biodiversity of the wood.
The volunteers are particularly pleased with the amount of work they are able to do with the new power scythe that was purchased earlier in the year. Now the bluebells have died down, it has made clearing the brambles and nettles in preparation for next season’s coppicing very much easier. Their work can be seen to the left of the path [going up hill] parallel with the 7th hole, near the bottom of the king bunker.
Litter is not nearly the eyesore that it was, thanks to Mike who is now employed [by 1Life] to clean up for a total of one day a week. Obviously litter is being dropped all the time, and he can’t pick up everything, but all the woods and the golf course look so much better for his efforts. Thank you Mike.