The first of the Wood Anemones are showing themselves - soon there will be carpets on display
The daffodils are coming thick and fast
The repaired Great Gate back in its place.
The repaired gate being slotted back into place. Not an easy task.
Following damage by a young man in a car being chased by the Police, the Great Gate had to be repaired.
Dr. Martin Hall of the Natural History Museum examines some of the beetles found on the Bug Hunt.
The field leading to Wealden Way. The grasses and wildflowers look glorious in the dappled sunshine
Railway Path full of wild flowers
Work in progress - our new noticeboard with its special tiled roof at the 'half way' stage
Foxgloves in the North of the Nature Reserve
A crab sider stays close the pale flower in the hope of trapping a meal
Buttercups along railway path
During the Spring Flower Walk we admired the bluebells and marsh marigolds that brighten the banks of the stream
Stuart demonstrates the new auger - making post holes. Watched by Jasper, Chris, Michael and Rob.
Sap coming out of this piece of cut wood creates icicles on a cold Easter Sunday.
Dead Wood has a lot going on
The Fire Circle in Catts Wood - used by the local school's Forest School activities
Gill and Jane beside the tepee they have built to protect the coppiced stools
Female Mallard on one of the stretches of water alongside the bridleway
Building a fence from local wood to prevent trampling and the creation of new paths
The snow did not put off this runner
The first snow fall of 2013 covers Ashenground Wood
David and Emma work on the new fence
A juicy worm for someone
Michael and Stuart prepare wood to create a fence to manage trampling in sensitive parts of the wood
This is being removed at is not a native species. Probably arrived with some garden waste dumped on the woodland floor.
Some lovely bracket fungi
A main footpath following heavy rain
The impact of the heavy rains on the woodland paths
One of the streams following heavy rain
A visitor with a disability and her canine companion enjoy Ashenground Wood - some of the paths are able to be used by those with motorised scooters
The workers and supporters
Slow Worm on the bridleway - the slow worm is in fact a lizard.
Red Admiral on Ashenground Bridge - the entrance to the woods.
Strangalia Maculata - superficially like the Wasp Beetle.
Collecting wood chippings for spreading on a muddy path during a conservation event
Spreading wood chippings on a muddy path
A Greater Spotted Woodpecker - from a distance and somewhat hidden!
Photographer Linda Howard (centre in green t-shirt) provides advice and guidance during a photography afternoon.
Bee covered in pollen from a musk mallow flower
Photography Afternoon in the nature reserve
Stuart working on a new notice board for Ashenground Wood
Wild Flowers on railway path
Jay near the bridleway that runs through Ashenground Wood and alongside Bolnore Village
Wood White butterfly
Men hard at work along railway path during a task day
Daffodils growing in one of the clearings
The first bluebell of 2012 (taken in Ashenground Wood on 24.3.12)
Wood Anemones with Daffodils
Winter Snow in Ashenground Wood
The Yellow Perils enjoy a hot cuppa
Max working hard during the Big Mow of 2011
Max and Stuart discuss how to get started!
Stuart geared up and going for it during the Big Mow 2011
Wild Bunny - not for a cage or the pot!
Catts Wood - volunteers from Woodland Products using some of the coppiced wood to make Chainsaw Sculptures
Perches in the big glade - made on a task day using oak (for top) and chestnut (for legs) from our woods
The Musk Mallow were extra special this year (2011)
Martin Hall, entomologist from the Natural History Museum, led our bug hunt. The children were all given collecting pots - with all creatures found being released once identified. Martin will use the results to help in the museum's national bug survey.
Even the youngest participants enjoyed looking closely at the tiny creatures they found
Martin Hall, entomologist, looks at some of the children's finds on the bug hunt
Filling in the bug hunt survey
Capturing bugs with upside down umbrellas
Adults and children alike enjoyed finding out how many bugs there were in the woods and meadows
A newt found on the bug hunt - like all other tiny creatures found it was released where it was found
Martin Hall idetifies bugs collected on the bug hunt
Findings on the bug hunt were written down by participants to be used as part of the Natural History Museum's national bug survey.
Buiding new seats from wood collected from the woods themselves
The magnificent new Gate at the bridge entrance to Ashenground Wood
Spring Flower Walk on Easter Monday afternoon
Early Morning Bird Walk led by Phil Clay on East Monday
One of the partcipants on our New Year walk!
Very heavy snow at the entrance to Ashenground Wood
The upgrading of the bridleway gets underway
One of the boxes used to collect and examine bugs
Some participants were given special nets to collect bugs from the meadow grass
Some participants were given umbrellas as beating sticks to help collect bugs from bushes
Thermal imaging helps detect bugs in the 'crime scene'
The wonder of insects
Dr. Martin Hall starts the bug hunt with a forensic examination of a 'crime scene'
An orchid in Ashenground Wood
Bluebells on show in one of the clearings
The familiar robin