Showing posts from November, 2015

Self set trees at Brockley Grove

The plantation was created around 1990, twenty years later Rangers organised work parties to begin coppice management -

Part of the management is to assess the condition of the developing woodland by monitoring self set trees. These were recorded in October 2015
Field MapleCherry spHollyOakAshWillow spWillow spBroomNorway MapleSycamoreHawthornHazel

Brockley Grove - then and now

Article from Birmingham Forum website -  My old mum and I moved into a prefab on Brockley grove just off dog pool lane (dads lane) in moseley in about 1959 and my old mum thought it was heaven, it had a "fitted kitchen" i.e a built in washing machine, she'd always had to do her washing by hand before and in both bedrooms were "metal" fitted wardrobes. As it was detached, standing surounded with a nice little garden we both loved it. unfortunatly it' now been demolished and  Brockley grove is now unsign posted and is a dog walking area but I will always have very fond memories of mom's little "bungalow".

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Coppiced woodland provides good nesting opportunities for Wrens, although the bird has a wide range of habitats.

Holders Woods Fungi


From plantation to woodland

When does a plantation become a woodland? It's not an overnight occurrence but a gradual process and mostly overlooked.

Brockley Grove Plantation at Moor Green, like many other plantations created in the 1980's and 90's, is showing signs of woodland; beyond the presence of trees are subtle hidden changes, taking place year on year as decay and decomposition set in, aided by dead wood, fungi, invertebrates and other micro organisms, vital elements for the increasing biodiversity.

The accelerated process begins with the planting of trees, but in a natural state pioneer species would colonise with the aid of seeds dispersed from local specimens - Windblown Birch and Ash, bird dropped seeds from Hawthorn, Jay planted acorns from Oak and fallen nuts from Hazel.

This week we witnessed the presence of an Orange Ladybird,
Halyzia 16-guttata the Uk Ladybird survey informs us -

Size: 4.5 - 6mm  Basic colour: orange  Pattern colour: white spots  Number of spots: 12-16  Spot fusions: none