Site Survey

Panoramic view of reservoir from the education hide on the edge of the wood.
Panoramic view of reservoir from the education hide on the edge of the wood.

I took a really interesting visit to the forest school site this morning to take some photos and gather some information for the impact survey. Since taking the first week of the course and starting work on the portfolio I’ve noticed I seem to be paying so much more attention to what is around.

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The woodland is minimally managed and there is no public access so it is about as natural as it could be and as a result there is a huge variety of plants and insects. The more we looked the more we kept finding.

Bird viewing screen at entrance to woodland.
Bird viewing screen at entrance to woodland.
Bird feeders at entrance to woodland
Bird feeders at entrance to woodland.

There are a number of bird feeders at the entrance to the woodland and a large wicker screen to watch them from. The site ranger fills them daily so they are usually covered in birds. Today we saw Great Tit, Coal Tit and Nuthatch feeding on them.

The hide used by a bird watching club.
The hide used by a bird watching club.

In one corner of the woodlands there is a hide used by a bird watching club. The site for the forest school sessions is some distance from this though so there’s no chance of us disturbing them or the birds they are watching.

The 'education' hide.
The ‘education’ hide.

A 5 minute walk along the edge of the woodlands is the ‘education’ hide. The education hide is on the very edge of the reservoir and when the reservoir if full the water comes right up to the hide. The water level is relatively low at the moment though and on the shore there was swathes of Watermint growing, the smell was incredible.

Snag of a tree struck by lightning
Snag of a tree struck by lightning.

There were some interesting reference points around the woodland including this snag of a tree that was struck by lightning. These landmarks will be useful in setting boundaries for the sessions.

Wooden building that houses a composting toilet.
Wooden building that houses a composting toilet.
The composting toilet.
The composting toilet.

I’m really fortunate that there is a very posh Natsol Full Access composting toilet at the entrance to the wood and just 5 minutes walk from the site I’m using for the sessions. Toileting problems solved!

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