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Author: John Fotherby

Island clearance 2020

Island clearance 2020

On a bright, windy day, a working party of the Friends of Haw Park Wood & Wintersett took to the water at Anglers Country Park. Their task for the day was to clear the islands of foliage, ready for the return of the nesting birds.

Starting work on the first island.
Work in progress.
Removing unwanted foliage.
The island cleared of foliage.
Making our way back to ‘the main land’.

 Although the volunteers were issued with life jackets, thankfully these weren’t required. We now look forward to spring and seeing newly hatched wildfowl using these islands.

About the woods

About the woods

Haw Park Wood is 73 hectares of ancient woodland adjacent to Anglers Country Park near Wintersett and is only a short walk from the car park, but access can be gained from other points. Just 6km (4 miles) south east of Wakefield in the heart of West Yorkshire, Haw Park Wood gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. The Natural Environment Team manages the wood for its conservation and wildlife value, and as a valuable recreational and educational facility, working in partnership with community groups, volunteers and environmental organisations and agencies. There is open access to the entire site though most people keep to the woodland rides and the all weather footpath network. Families and children can safely enjoy the woodland and find out about its wildlife. The Rangers patrol the site and together with the Friends of Haw Park Wood organise an events programme including Bat Evenings, Fungi Foray,
and Historical Walks and Activity Days.

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The woodland was designated as a Site of Scientific Interest in 1981 due to its diverse habitat and a Local Nature Reserve in 1992 to reflect its wildlife and educational value. Once part of the much larger Don Forest of the 1600’s the woodland has changed greatly in the last 100 years. It is gradually being restored back to predominantly native broadleaf species to reflect its ancient status and attract more wildlife.

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In 2015 Haw Park Wood received the prestigious Green Flag Award again, managed by The Keep Britain Tidy Group.

New notice boards

New notice boards

In November 2015 we were notified that we had been successful is applying to the Wakefield Council Neighbourhood Improvement Fund. This supported the purchase of two notice boards to be sited at the entrance to Anglers Country Park and in Haw Park Wood to publicise our activities.

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Beekeeping

Beekeeping

In August The Friends were treated to a very interesting talk on bee keeping. The Friends of Fryston Wood group presented an illustrated talk about the hives they have installed adjacent to their local wood and demonstrated the ins and outs of producing honey.

At the invitation of the Fryston Friends, four members of the FHPW&W group visited the hives two weeks later. The hives are situated adjacent to Fryston Wood in a secure area.