2021 was another unsettled year on the whole for humans, but a more settled one in terms of weather for wildlife. It was a hugely successful year for wildlife and volunteering at Hazel Hill Wood. Volunteers are fundamental to our small charity, and volunteers gain from the time they spend with us. If you don’t… Continue reading Wildlife and volunteering in 2021
Autumn Conservation Weekend is a time for exchange: come and nurture the woods and the woods will nurture you. A total of 21 people took part (17 adults and 4 children), with most of us staying for the full two days and two nights, across the first weekend in October. Spending time in this magical… Continue reading Autumn Conservation Weekend 2021
At this time of harvest I am writing in my capacity as Chair of Trustees to harvest what we have learnt this year and last and use it to frame our vision for 2022 and the years ahead. Background As I wrote in my Autumn equinox update, we have done very well to come through… Continue reading Hazel Hill as a centre for regenerative practice?
In this post I am conducting a thought experiment. My question is, what if we built and maintained our buildings in an a regenerative way? By regenerative, I mean in a way that leaves the ecosystem, in its fullest sense, richer and better able to heal itself. From its beginning, Hazel Hill has been a… Continue reading What if we maintained our buildings in a regenerative way?
On 29th July 2021, we celebrated the start of the school summer holidays with a night time safari looking for some of our nocturnal wildlife – bats and glow worms. We had a great time and were fully booked, with 30 people attending. The income from your ticket sales supports our charitable work, so thank you to… Continue reading Bat and Glow Worm Night 2021
Become a Trustee of Hazel Hill Trust and help shape our work to bring people back into contact with nature. Volunteer role description: Non-executive Trustee Location: A mixture of on-site at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury and online via Zoom. Time commitment: Minimum one day per month. About the organisation Hazel Hill Trust is a… Continue reading Become a volunteer Trustee of Hazel Hill Wood
Stacking and seasoning This is a new part of our process – stacking split logs out in the sun and air where according to Lars Mytting they will season in just a few months. MovingPeople power is currently our main method for moving logs. It’s hard work and satisfying! Stacking again!Once the logs are seasoned,… Continue reading How is firewood made at Hazel Hill Wood?
The last weekend in May saw in our 3rd annual BioBlitz, a 24-hour wildlife survey to find as many different species of wildlife as possible! Summary of wildlife records: 164 species so far (we could get a few more from photos) 53 moth species, including poplar hawk moth, little thorn, scorched wing, ochreous pug and… Continue reading BioBlitz 2021 Summary
Watch our recent online event all about the trees at the wood. We have around 30 species of tree and shrub at Hazel Hill Wood, which is a pretty good number for just 70 acres. Most of them are native. I am coming from a wildlife conservation perspective. Other perspectives which come into play at… Continue reading Trees of Hazel Hill Wood and how to identify trees
Watch our recent online event all about birds. So far at Hazel Hill Wood we have recorded just over 40 species of bird – there are probably a few more which we either haven’t noticed yet or haven’t remembered to write down! We have lots of common bird species here which you might be familiar… Continue reading Birds of Hazel Hill Wood and how to be a good birdwatcher