Castle Point Wildlife Group

Pictures of West Wood and activities within Westwood

Sunday 15th November 2015 saw us complete a major bridge replacement project. Regrettably the bridge across the brook which was installed in 2005 had rotted away at one end of the main supports. This meant we had to complety remove the old structure and build a new one. It spans over 5 meters so was a big project which we completed in 4 hours!! Lets hope this one lasts 10 years as well!! The bridge was opened with a celebratory cup of tea!!!
 Bridge Nov 15
On 10th October 2013 we undertook a woodland walk for around 30 members of the 4th Thundersley Beaver Scout Group. During the visit we planted a special Elm Tree sapling donated to us by the Conservation Foundation's Great British Elm Experiment. This is a project to reintroduce the British Elm following the devastating Dutch Elm Disease. We will be monitoring the progress of the sapling and reporting it back to the Conservation Foundation over coming years
4th Thundersley Beavers
We have now erected 5 new information boards at each entrance to the woods which were kindly funded by Hadleigh and Daws Heath Neighbourhood Forum. We have also fixed uo a welcome sign at the Rayleigh Road entrance made and donated to us by Scarlett Fireplaces of Southend.
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We were succesful in our application to the woodland trust for a pack of trees to plant in Westwood. They have all been planted with the help of the 3rd Canvey Island scout group. We would like to say a big thank you to both the Woodland Trust and the 3rd Canvey scouts for their help. The pack included an Oak sapling to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubillee which has been planted in a safe place near the entarnce to the wood to replace an old Oak that had to be removed due it becoming dangerous. Pictures below show the planting taking place and also the whole group at the end of the day.
 Tree Planting 1   Tree Planting 2    Tree Planting Group 
We are very pleased to have received some grantfunding from Veolia Pitsea Marshes Trust to restore the old pond at the Hedge Lane entrance and develop it as a wildlife habitat and also as an area for use by local schools for nature classes. The pictures below show the area before the work, during the excavation work and when it was completed:
 Beforeviewofnewpondarea-JustinsideHedgeLaneentrance  Digging out pond 5  Digging out pond 7  Pond 110312a  Pond110312b
As part of the work to develop the area just North of Prittle Brook ready for the hopeful reintroduction of the Heath Fritillary butterfly we have been using the brush from the coppice works to build a natural fence that will enhance the area for bird life. This is a traditional method of fencing and one that has died out of use. Hopefully our efforts will increase its use and shows how natural materials can be used to good effect.
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On Sunday 2nd October 2011 we had to regrettably fell a large tree at the entrance to the wood (Rayleigh Road) which had become unstable and was leaning across the road. In addition we took the opportunity to prune back some other overhanging branches. The work entailed closing one lane of Rayleigh Road and was undertaken early in the morning to reduce inconvemience to traffic. We apologise to anyone who was delayed on their journey, but the picture below shows one of the tree gang up in the tree removing some of the branches across the road and demonstrates why the lane was closed.
Rayleigh Road Tree
Coppicing is an important part of Woodland Management, here are some pictures of some coppicing being undertaking by some trainees in chainsaw use in September 2011. Normally coppicing is done by group members only, but on occasions we hold training courses where trainees assist us in the work before they gain full certification in chainsaw use.
Tree Felling WW sept 11   WW Felling sept 11 2  WW Coppice sept 11 3 
As on our events page some shots of Westwood from above!
Woodland Sunburst taken by Ginette Braithwaite
Bluebells in West Wood - May 2011 Pictures Courtesy of Anna one of our members
Bluebells 3  Bluebells 4
Our December 2010 work party:
dec 10 001  dec 10 002  dec 10 006 
West Wood in the snow Dec 2010:
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A selection of views of West Wood.  
West Wood 1  West Wood 2   West Wood 3  GB West image
West Wood 5  West Wood 7  West Wood 8  West Wood 9   
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