Archive for June, 2017

The Butterfly Effect | 15th Jun, 2017

Managing your woodlands for butterflies

There are over 50 species of butterfly in the UK, along with more than 2,000 species of moth. Sadly, they have all been in decline for the past 40 years, but woodland owners are in a unique position to help support butterfly populations. With just a little work, woodland owners can ensure that their woodlands include areas that favour butterflies and moths.

We are delighted to be running workshops in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation to discuss managing woodland for butterflies.

23 July Longlands Wood (part of Tottington Wood) near Small Dole

Award-winning expert Neil Hulme will lead a walk around this beautiful Sussex woodland to find butterflies and discuss their habitat need.

30 July Coombewell Wood Lamberhurst

Distinguished specialist Steve Wheatley will lead this workshop, explaining how woodland owners can encourage butterflies in their woodland and help increase butterfly populations.

Each event will be from 1.30–4.30pm.

Take a look at our leaflet on managing woodlands for butterflies, for some general hints and tips.

Please email if you would like to attend.

Rides Revisited | 13th Jun, 2017

Some of you may have been aware of the ride improvement project  SWOG members in the south east  have benefitted from over the last 18 months or so.  (See articles in last year’s March and June  newsletters, and occasional  updates here).


Before (left) and after (right)

We have had a lot of feedback from the owners over the subsequent months, most people have been amazed at the amount of light which has reached the ground, warming it and helping to germinate long since dormant seeds.  This ground flora is a magnet for insects, butterflies and birds and in many cases can help transform a sterile dark over stood woodland into a vibrant biodiverse habitat for wildlife.

Read more …

Newsletter June 2017 | 02nd Jun, 2017

‘There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.’ (Washington Irving)

Settle back and enjoy a midsummer SWOG newsletter. Read about

• The SWOG horse logging meeting in County Durham
•  The all-round benefits of community woodlands
•  CONFOR’s election manifesto for trees and woods
•  Free woodland poster downloads for children

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