Please see our photo gallery above for some of our April/May highlights

 

In order of display:

Marsh Marigold in Middle Ditch

Hoverfly on Lesser Celandine

Purple Thorn moth (photography by Jonathan Wallace)

Scot's Pine Coupe

Green-veined White butterfly

Newly hatched Common Frog tadpoles

Common Dog Violet

Woodpigeon feeding on Ivy berries

Wych Elm seeds

Sunset over Main Ride

WOODRUFF WOOD NEWS

May News

Woodruff Wood Work

 

We escaped the majority of April showers last month and the wood is now the driest it’s been for quite some time. This makes such a difference when we work – it’s been bliss not to have been slipping and sliding in mud with the wheelbarrow inevitably getting stuck as it sinks into the ground when fully laden!

We took advantage of this dry weather and seized every opportunity to carry out our work which at this time of year focusses strongly on firewood preparation for next winter. Many logs have been cut to length and split – these are now seasoning well and will continue to dry out over the summer ready for sale in a few months time. As is the norm, we split the majority of our logs by hand with an axe. It’s time consuming but good exercise!

Wildlife News

Male Blackbird

Birdsong

Birdsong is at its best right now. Standing and listening for just 60 seconds on a recent sunny afternoon, we heard an impressive 13 bird species singing around us in the treetops. It just goes to show that you don’t have to get up at the break of day to hear the dawn chorus – birds are singing throughout the entire day in May to attract mates and claim their territories. It’s fabulous to hear – a great way for all of us to destress in today’s hectic lifestyle.

As for our favourite song – we think the blackbird comes out top. Aren’t we lucky to be able to enjoy its lazy, restful summer melody every single day?

P. S. For those of you interested, the 13 bird species we heard were dunnock, wren, robin, goldcrest, blackcap, willow warbler, chiffchaff, chaffinch, blue tit, woodpigeon, mistle thrush, song thrush and of course….blackbird!

Common Frog tadpoles swimming

Tadpoles and Ducks

Frogspawn was laid in one of our new shallow ditches back in March and the eggs have now hatched out as tadpoles. It is some weeks before these tadpoles transform into froglets and just how many of them will reach this stage is questionable. Tadpoles form a vital part of the food chain and most get eaten along the way by a variety of animals including hedgehogs, dragonfly larvae and birds. On average, over 90% tend not to survive, which is why so many eggs are laid in the first place.

The current threat to our small population of tadpoles is a pair of mallard ducks. Mallards are wetland birds and not usually associated with woodlands but they can be found in a variety of habitats. As Woodruff Wood is a wet woodland, mallards occasionally drop in and a pair were seen a couple of times last month suspiciously close to where the tadpoles are living. What’s more, the normally clear water in the ditch was all muddied as if the ducks had been paddling and dabbling in it. Such is nature, but to date the mallards may have eaten some of the tadpoles but a good number still remain.

Woodpigeon feeding on Ivy berries

Purple Poo!

There have been a lot of purple splodges appearing on our stoned track recently which is in fact bird poo! Many of the birds have been feasting on an abundance of ivy berries which are dark purple - hence their brightly coloured droppings. In particular, blackbirds, thrushes and woodpigeons have been gorging themselves on this valuable food source which is no doubt providing them with much needed energy for the breeding season. We regularly hear loud rustling noises from up above as the heavy woodpigeons balance precariously on the ivy scrambling up the trees, whilst reaching out to eat the berries. It’s quite a comical sight!

Woodruff Wood in Bloom

We love May! Spring is at its best this month and especially so in woodlands where flowers are in full bloom. Whilst we don’t have any bluebells to shout about in Woodruff Wood, we do have lots of other lovely woodland plants which bring their own beauty to the place.

 

To round off this month’s news, here are a few of our favourite flowery images from the wood this spring:

Female Orange-tip on Greater Stitchwort

 

Greater Stitchwort

 

 

Bugle and bumblebee

 

 

A close up of Marsh Marigold in flower

 

 

Wood Sorrel

 

A carpet of Sweet Woodruff

 

 

Primroses (photography by Jonathan Wallace)

 

 

Marsh Marigold in Middle Ditch (photography by Jonathan Wallace)

 

 

 

Woodruff Wood,Longhirst, Morpeth, Northumberland

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Our best seller in terms of kindling.

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Our log fire lit immediately with one of these odourless and clean bundles of wood shavings.

 

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Woodruff Wood is grateful to have received funding for equipment and infrastructure to support us in the production of firewood

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