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Wychwood Project – Spring Update 22 Feb 2017 (Wychwood Project) The Wychwood Project's recent conservation work includes planting 1,500 trees locally and feeding birds 10 tonnes of seed

Eynsham lies within what was known as the Royal Forest of Wychwood, once a hunting ground for monarchs. This area, stretching from Burford east past Witney to Woodstock and north to Chipping Norton, is rich in its variety of landscapes, habitats and wildlife.
As spring arrives bumblebees will be out and about seeking nectar from spring flowers like crocuses, dog-violets or cowslips. Look out for new leaves on hedgerow hawthorn, while ash and wild cherry will soon be coming into bloom. Frogs and toads become active in our ponds, streams and rivers – look for frogspawn – while chiffchaffs are an early migrant re-joining our native birds as they begin to nest.

The Wychwood Project is a registered charity based in Eynsham that works with local communities and other partners to conserve and restore this area’s natural environment. The Wychwood Project’s tree planting continues through the spring. All in all we will have planted over 1,500 trees since December in Ascott-under-Wychwood; Asthall Leigh; Charlbury; Long Hanborough; Milton-under-Wychwood; Pudlicote and Witney.

Our recent conservation work also includes managing fish stocks in the Woodstock water-meadows; coppicing trees near Charlbury; feeding overwintering farmland birds 10 tonnes of seed in the last year; building drystone walls and hedge-laying to improve the habitat for wildlife.

This work relies on the great efforts of our volunteers. Why not join one of our FREE activities this spring?

Throughout 2017 on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Thursday of every month there will be a variety of FREE outdoor volunteering opportunities. Boots, gloves and suitable clothes are all you need – we provide the tools and any training. Sessions run 9:30am – 3:00 pm, or just come along for the morning if you prefer.

You can find out more at: www.wychwoodproject.org/volunteer
phone: 01865 815423; email: wychwood@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Sharon Williams, Project Director    

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