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Down by the boardwalk

Posted: Sunday 17th September 2017 by Twheatear

New and old paths, Strawberry Cottage Wood

A better path for winter walks

One of the first tasks when I joined the Strawberry Cottage Wood work parties about seven years ago was to sort out the muddiest section of the lower path. We dug drainage channels, edged the path with branches, and filled the puddles with more soil. That helped, but each winter the path has got a bit wetter, and now it's nearly back at its original state. So this summer our work parties, with a lot of help from Gwent Wildlife Trust, have been constructing a longer-term solution in the form of a boardwalk that bypasses the wet patch further up the slope. We hope this will make the path more pleasant for those visiting the wood, whether walking round on our paths or through on the public footpath.

Our regular surveys haven't been neglected. We've found blue tits, great tits and pied flycatchers using the nest boxes and, best of all, it seems that the dormouse population is expanding into new areas of the wood. They like recently coppiced woodland, so over the winter we'll be back to managing hazel trees to make the woodland even better for them.


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