Feb 13 2020

The South West Region

The South West Region One of the questions I often get asked is how the South West region is made up both of staff and volunteers. The South West is also home of Avon Valley Woods . Avon Valley Woods is very special to us because the...

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Feb 13 2020

Did you know?  Coed Maesmelin Woods (Neath) is unique for being the only site in Wales to be home to rare Blue Ground Bettle.

Sadly, populations of the Blue Ground Beetle (pictured) have significantly dropped in the last decade as a result of the continual loss of ancient woodlands in the UK and Europe.   [caption id="attachment_15789" align="aligncenter" width="176"] Carabus IntricatusImage: U.Schmidt, 2008[/caption]   However, recently the team at Coed Cadw were greeted...

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Feb 12 2020

Smithills Volunteer Update – 6th Feb 2020

Hello all   Welcome! Welcome to two new volunteers – John (Woodland Working Group and Wildlife Group), and Darran (Woodland Working Group, Wildlife Group and History Group) Welcome also to Roberta Gleaves, who has joined us as Charlotte’s maternity cover! Also helping us out while we recruit our new Site...

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Feb 11 2020

Rare Rainforest Fungus Found at Dunollie

We are delighted that visitors to the Trust's Dunollie Wood have found hazel glove fungus - an indicator of high quality temperate rainforest.     The fungus was spotted by retired Countryside Ranger Richard Wesley during a recent visit to Dunollie by Lorn Natural History Group.   Richard spotted a fragment...

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Feb 11 2020

Gnat’s a First for Arkaig!

An insect survey at the Trust's Loch Arkaig Pine Forest has recorded two species of fungus gnat previously unseen in Britain.   Fungus gnats are a large group of tiny flies whose larvae feed on mushrooms and fungi.   Boletina gusakovae is more usually found in Finland and Russia, and Mycetophila idonea in...

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Feb 10 2020

Line of Beauty [Broadleaf Magazine, Autumn 2019]

[from Broadleaf magazine, Autumn 2019]   Line of Beauty   by Kit Buchan   A well-laid hedgerow is the backbone of biodiversity, and the Trust plants plenty. Novice hedger Kit Buchan tries his hand at the art of hedging with expert hedgelayer Heather Swift at Smithills, and reveals how vital these ecosystems...

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