New Life in Oldmoor Wood
Another wonderful spring in Oldmoor Wood. The 16 nest boxes have produced 110 young chicks this year. The nest box project started in 2005 when I became warden for the wood and over the years I have added more boxes. There are two Tawney Owl boxes, two for Tree Creepers and the rest attract Great and Blue tits and hopefully one day a Nuthatch perhaps. I am working on a box design to attract Coal Tits these will be built and ready for next spring.
I monitor the boxes through the breeding season and submit the results to the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) to be included in the national records. Oldmoor is a wood only half a mile from the city boundary of Nottingham and has the M1 motorway passing by only a few hundred yards away but still has a fair amount of wildlife. Brown hares, fallow deer, rabbit, red fox and a wide selection of bird species. This is largely due to the fine variety of tree species and the presence of some fat old oaks, the wood was planted in the mid 16 century. A large fishing lake nearby drains through the wood via small streams.
With a conurbation of over 300,000 people living within a 10 mile radius of the wood I am trying to attract more people to enjoy walking through the wood and be aware of the work of the Trust. This year’s guided bluebell walks were once again very popular with nearly 100 people attending. The bluebell display in Oldmoor Wood takes some beating, you might consider a visit yourself next spring!