Volunteers wanted to help look after Little Giant Wood

Tawny owl in Little Giant wood

Teasel the tawny owl was one of the stars at an open day in Little Giant Wood in Stoke Abbott. Xtrme Falconry brought along four of their owls as part of an event organised with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Dorset AONB. Mulled cider, delicious apple cake and marshmallows toasted on a woodfire more than made up for the heavy rain showers. The aim was to inspire volunteers to help look after the wood.

Little Giant Wood is a community woodland looked after by the Upper Marshwood Vale Parish Council. It was planted by volunteers 16 years ago and was one of the Millennium Woods created by the Woodland Trust. It is now maturing and needs a bit of TLC. We are very grateful to Dorset Wildlife Trust and Dorset AONB for their support.

The next volunteer days are Thursday 19 January and Saturday 4 February.

Nick Gray, West Dorset conservation officer at DWT, says:  ‘Come and help us lay the hedge along Long Barrow Lane – full instruction given for beginners!

‘Laying by hand in the traditional way – a very satisfying skill – will rejuvenate the hedge in its winter dormancy for insects, birds and mammals alike, let sunlight onto the woodland floor for flourishing flora, and open up the footpath along Long Barrow Lane.’

For more details, please contact Nick Gray at the trust on 07824 438974.