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Hillhouse Wood News Items

Bluebells in Hillhouse Wood
Bluebells in Hillhouse Wood

The following news items are either about, or reference, Hillhouse Wood:

  • Walk the Dawn Chorus 2024 - Dawn Chorus 2024 with Friends of Hillhouse Wood Nightingale The Dawn Chorus 2024 walk , which is taking place on Saturday 18th May, will be led by Steve Hallam.  Organised by the Friends of Hillhouse Wood, this walk affords the opportunity to see Nightingales and many other brilliant dawn choristers.  Steve says: If you haven’t tried this you’ll find it a rewarding and delightful experience at a very special time for the wood’s varied birdlife.…
  • Spring Flower & Winter Bird Walks - The Next Guided Walk at Hillhouse Wood is the Spring Flower Walk Following the successful Winter Bird Walk in March ( see report below), the next Guided Walk is the annual Spring Flower Walk on Saturday 27th April. Steve Hallam will lead the walk in and near Hillhouse Wood. Previously called the Bluebell Walk, it has become difficult to pick the optimum 'bluebell' date for the walk although there will always be plenty of Spring Flowers…
  • Winter Bird Walk & Fungus Foray - The Next Guided Walk at Hillhouse Wood is a Winter Bird Walk Following the successful Fungus Foray in November (see report and video below) the next Guided Walk is the annual Winter Bird Walk on Saturday 2nd March. Steve Hallam will lead the winter bird walk in and near Hillhouse Wood, offering a chance to see resident woodland and meadow species and some winter visitors. Skylark seen in 2022 Great Spotted Woodpecker Seen in 2022…
  • Hillhouse Wood AGM 2023 - The FoHHW AGM 2023 will be on 13th December The Friends invite both members and non-members to attend on Wednesday 13th December in the John Lampon Hall at Orpen Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7 pm with the meeting opening at 7:30 pm. Jonathan Jukes, Woodland trust Officer, will give a talk after the formal business has concluded. Formal Agenda The Friends of Hillhouse Wood 29th Annual General Meeting to be held in the…
  • Autumn Fruits & Fungus Hunt - The Next Guided Walk at Hillhouse Woods is a Fungus Hunt Following last months successful Autumn Fruits walk (report below), is the first Fungus Hunt for several years on 25th November. Ian Rowing will lead the “fungus hunt” to seek out these elusive fungi. He will aim, with the help of those with him, to find a variety of mushrooms and toadstools in and around the wood, and explain something of their fascinating life cycles…
  • Autumn Fruits Walk - Find out about local Autumn Fruits Steve Hallam will lead a guided walk at Hillhouse Wood on Saturday 23rd September to seek out autumn fruits. Join him and you can expect to learn about local berries, soft fruits, nuts & seeds. He will let you know which ones to eat, and which ones you definitely need to leave alone. You will also hear the folklore associated with them. You can reasonably expect to see around…
  • Steve Hallam leads Big County Birdwatch on a Dawn Walk - Once again, Steve Hallam led a successful Dawn Chorus walk through Hillhouse Wood on 6th May.  This year it was one of 19 bird walks taking place in Essex over the Coronation weekend.  Steve Hallam reports: Well, it looks as if I must have done the odd good thing in a previous life.  Despite the distinctly dodgy weekend weather forecast, we had a lovely morning for our 2023 Dawn Chorus walk.  Not that we could…
  • Coronation Weekend – have you got plans? - Have you got plans for the Coronation weekend? If you don't have plans for Coronation weekend perhaps some of the following might appeal: Friday The Vocal Zones Choir will be celebrating the Coronation in style at St Mary's Church from 7:30 pm, tickets at the door are £3 (cash) to include wine and light refreshments.  Saturday Some of the birds seen/heard at the 2022 Dawn Chorus walk Why not take in the Dawn Chorus and…
  • Walk the Dawn Chorus 2023 - Dawn Chorus 2023 with Friends of Hillhouse Wood The Dawn Chorus Walk 2023 is taking place on a busy weekend with Bird walks all across Essex. It will form part of the "Big County Birdwatch '23" which being organised by the Essex Birdwatching Society. First, though, a report by Steve Hallam on the recent Spring Flower Walk at Hillhouse Wood. Click here if you want to jump to the bird walks. Spring Flower Dilemma It…
  • Spring Flower Walk 2023 - Spring Flower Walk 2023 with Friends of Hillhouse Wood Early Purple Orchids similar to those seen This is one of a few guided walks the Friends of Hillhouse Woods run each year. They  work with The Woodland Trust to look after this beautiful remnant of ancient woodland. Last years' Spring Flower Walk identified nine flowers in the first few yards, also many birds and other natural delights. The stars of the walk were Early Purple orchids that…
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