We made maps of the wood adding to blanks just what we thought were significant landmarks in the wood. Interesting results! We did some tree ID and took lots of photos of the different habitats in Park Wood (dry stone wall, grassland, ASNW, PAWS and rotting wood). Ed, a member of FoPW and a resident who lives right by the wood, gave us a talk on what it is like living so close. Deer coming in to the garden!
Later on we returned to look for bats (well, listen for) but being winter we weren't lucky. It was still an exciting nighttime walk though! We stayed at Howarth Youth Hostel which was fantastic, really spacious and comfortable. Thanks to YHA for that!
The following day we did a day's graft in the rain. We lopped and sawed down beech tree seedlings and stacked them into habitat piles for invertebrates and small mammals. Beech is over-dominant in the wood and other species need light to grow. Evelyn, from Friends of Park Wood, gave us a talk on the health benefits of woodland.
Last of all we visited Brook's Fish and Chip shop on Lawkholme Lane for a treat! The whole course was designed to fit in with the John Muir Bronze Award, a conservation award given by the John Muir Trust (a charity aimed at protecting wild places). The whole course was organised by The Conservation Volunteers based at Hollybush Conservation Centre in Leeds.