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Bird ringing at Centenary Woods 22nd October 2014

Dan's report

Evening all, Many thanks for your help this week. I did fear the Jay was going to be our only catch at Burbury Brickworks but fortunately some late arrivals bumped the totals up. Then after a drop in temperature on Tuesday we had a fantastic session at RSPB Cannon Hill Park which included good numbers of Goldcrest and Coal Tit. Please see session summaries below:

 RSPB Cannon Hill 22/10/2014

 Blue Tit    13        4            17
 Great Tit   10        4            14
 Long-ta Tit 7        1              8
 Coal Tit      2         6             8
 Goldcrest    8         -              8
 Nuthatch     2        3              5
 Bullfinch     2        1              3
 Magpie       1         -              1
 Chaffinch    1         -              1
 Robin          1         -              1
 Treecreeper 1          -             1
 TOTAL     48       19            67

 Two of this years Blue Tit pulli were caught at Cannon Hill Park - o…

2014 Bird Box results

CENTENARY WOODLAND Cannon Hill Park Species Box Outcome ------------------------ Box 131 - BLUE TIT - 7 eggs laid, 5 hatched, 5 fledged:------------------ Box 133 - BLUE TIT - 9 eggs laid, 6 hatched, 6 fledged:------------------- Box 135 - BLUE TIT - 8 eggs laid, 6 hatched, 5 fledged:---------------------- Box 137 - BLUE TIT - 11 eggs laid, 9 hatched, 9 fledged:------------------ Occupancy: 40% TOTAL = 35 eggs, 26 hatchlings, 25 fledglings -------------------------------- 40% occupancy may be considered disappointing compared to other sites within our region, namely Cowley Road Recreation Ground = 60%, Holders Lane = 100%, and Selly Oak Recreation Ground = 50%. But look at BOX 137, 9 fledglings! There are other boxes within Centenary Woods but we have no record of occupancy. Combined with the above data we also have details of the first ringing day at Centenary Woodland on 7th September -------------- GREAT TIT - X21 CAUGHT WITH X15 NEW BIRDS AND X6 RE-TRAP---------…

Forest School Trainees visit CW

Forest Schoolers at Centenary Woods

Sam travelled from Halifax, arising at 4.30 am, the others came from Brum and gathered at Centenary Woods to talk and practice Forest School. 6th September 2014.

It's always interesting to meet new Forest School practitioners, the enthusiasm is infectious and satisfying to us 'old boys' and girls, as they absorb the finest detail regarding their newly acquired skills, keen to position the billhook the correct way or carry the loppers the FS way.

One tends to get a bit blasÄ— after a while, slightly tired of the minute details involved in describing a bowsaw - "this is a bowsaw, this is the blade, this is the handle.........blah blah". But how arrogant of me, this tried and tested method ensures that children as young as 5, or less, can be taught to use tools, such as lopper and bowsaw, correctly, safely and methodically thus enabling them to approach the world at an early age with acquired skills, knowledge and confidence - eno…

UPDATE Late Summer 2014

Summer 2014 A mixed bag of Summer weather this year but good for plants, both wild and cultivated I suspect, although the mean temperature might be slightly lower than previous years, we'll see.

Bird Box scheme Still awaiting the bird box scheme report for Centenary Woods, but a little bird told me the uptake was slightly better than last year, once again, we'll see. By comparison, yon little bird also said the Holders Woods, (more mature woodland), box uptake was 80-100%, TBC.

Bird ringing This year's ringing sessions are due to begin again in September/October, looking forward to those.
Trees and plants from Nature Improvement Area (NIA) project Many of the NIA trees planted last Winter are in leaf with no signs of failures, likewise, all the Woodland Trust 'nursery' trees seem to have flourished and will be planted out during Autumn/Winter, the wildflower planting successes will not be determined until next Spring.
Centenary Woodland origins The 1914 Walk from Brand…

Beautiful Day 5th May 2014


WET WOODLAND -featuring Spindle, Alder Buckthorn and Wayfaring, slowly greening 24th April 2014

The woodland slopes westwards towards the River Rea, hence the west of the site is wet for most of the year.
The emerging waters have been pooled to develop shallow open-water scrapes

Just a reminder of the woodland origin; 25 years ago the site was unwanted allotment land, and previous to this, open farmland.

Allan's corded paths are most useful, constructed with coppiced hazel from the woodland.

Many applied and descriptive vernacular names are used such as, prickwood, skewerwood and pincushion shrub, but use of the wood for hand spinning raw wool was not especially favoured in Britain.  (Flora Britannica)

Wayfaring Trees, Spindle and Alder Buckthorn are often associated as trees of Southern Britain, and thrive there due to optimal climatic conditions; but with onset climatic change these species are likely to thrive further north, and perhaps we will notice them more often in the Midlands over the coming decades.



Birds of Centenary Woodland

The Birmingham University nesting box scheme is being monitored by Dan and Jon for the second year, and while few boxes were occupied last year, probably because of late installation, indications so far suggest greater occupancy, although far from 100% take up.

Dan will provide further details as they arise.

Birds seen in and around Centenary Wood since Winter 2013 -

SparrowhawkKestrelMerlinWood pigeonTawny OwlGreen WoodpeckerGreat Spotted WoodpeckerWrenDunnockSong ThrushRedwingBlackbirdBlackcapChiffchaffGoldcrestGreat TitCoal TitBlue TitLong Tailed TitNuthatchTree CreeperMagpieJayC CrowRaven (flying over, between CHP and Holders Woods)ChaffinchGreenfinchGoldfinchSiskinBullfinch

A beautiful morning at Centenary Woodland 16th April 2014