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Upcoming Events

Our annual tree planting event is coming up, and following feedback from our Summer Open Day, we are creating a memorial garden to plant trees for loved ones. The tree plant will be on Sunday 1st December from 10am-1pm. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join us, with under-16s accompanied by an adult. We provide all the tools needed as well as refreshments, just come dressed for muddy conditions. You can find us at the front edge of our site, alongside Dane Valley Road.

We intend to plant 420 blossoming and year-round colour trees such as wild cherry, silver birch and dogwood, generously provided to us by the Woodland Trust. We would be very pleased to welcome you to come and plant a lasting memory for a loved one that will one day benefit our future generations. You can even bring along and tie ribbons and bows to branches, to identify your tree throughout the year. 

We will also be having a task day dedicated to preparing the site on Sunday 24th November between 10am-1pm. Again, help is welcomed to clear space for these trees. We will provide all the tools needed and a hot cup of tea or coffee to all our hard workers.

A council mini-digger will be undertaking some initial clearance work for us, on the front edge of our site facing the local shops, and this will take place during the week commencing Monday 18 November 2013 (weather permitting)

To find out more, or to check that the events are going ahead in adverse weather, contact us through this website – you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.


Memorial Garden Tree Plant

Dane Valley Woods’ tree planting is coming up and this year we’re creating a memorial garden to plant trees for loved ones.  The tree plant will be happening on Sunday 1st December from 10-1pm. Everyone is welcome to join us, with under 16s accompanied by an adult. We will provide all the tools needed as well as refreshments. You can find us in the woods, at the front edge of our site in Dane Valley Road (opposite the chip shop and hairdressers).

This year we are creating a memorial garden with 420 blossoming and year-round colour trees such as wild cherry, silver birch and dogwood, generously provided by the Woodland Trust. So come and plant a lasting memory for a loved one that will one day benefit our future generations. You can even tie ribbons and bows to branches to identify your tree throughout the year. We will also be having a task day dedicated to preparing the site on Sunday 24th November from 10-1pm, and need all the help we can get to clear space for these trees.

As usual, we will provide all the tools needed and a hot cup of tea or coffee to all our hard workers.   To find out more, contact us through this website or chat with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Memorial Garden preparation

Dane Valley Woods’ tree planting is coming up on 1 December, and this year we’re creating a memorial garden to plant trees for loved ones.

We will be having a task day dedicated to preparing the site on Sunday 24th November from 10-1pm. We will be planting over 400 trees this Winter so need all the help we can get to clear space for these trees.  Everyone is welcome to join us, with under 16s accompanied by an adult. We will provide all the tools needed as well as refreshments. You can find us in the woods, at the front edge of our site in Dane Valley Road (opposite the chip shop and hairdressers). To find out more, contact us through this website or chat with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Spotted in Dane Valley Woods: Field vole

Field vole

The field vole (Microtus agrestis) is one of the three species of vole found across the United Kingdom. It is the most common species of the three and it plays a vital link in the food chain.

Field voles can be difficult to distinguish from the bank vole as they are very similar in appearance but field voles tend to have darker and longer fur, smaller ears and shorter tails. Voles can be more easily distinguished from mice by their less prominent eyes and ears as well as having blunter noses. Field voles can be very aggressive creatures and the males can be heard squeaking as they fight over their territories.

The field vole is predated on by several species such as kestrels, barn owls, foxes, stoats and snakes. It is thought that between 40-80% of a barn owl’s diet is made up of field voles showing their importance in the ecosystem.

As a vole travels, it marks its runways with urine to warn off other voles, however these urine tracks can radiate ultraviolet light which can be detected by birds of prey, therefore leaving a trial for the birds to trace.

As a rodent, field voles have high reproductive rates; females may have up to 7 litters of between 4 to 6 young a year. Rarely, field voles can reach plague proportions with up to 500 individuals per acre. Despite this, it is thought that the field voles numbers are decreasing and although they are common across the country, their roles in the food chain makes them important species to protect.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition. This month we will be mulching trees and clearing back growth to help them to survive, plus maintaining and creating a network of paths to improve access to the woods.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods. Follow the Google Maps link on the right. We are easy to spot in our hi-viz yellow jackets!

Remember that the clocks go back one hour!

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


World Food Day 2013

Dane Valley Woods will have a stall at the Thanet Fairtrade Initiative’s World Food Day, at the Winter Gardens, Margate. Come and see us to find out more about the woods, as well as to enjoy all the other attractions. We look forward to seeing you there!

World Food Day 2013

 


Spotted in Dane Valley Woods: Common darter dragonfly

The common darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a striking summer and autumnal species. The males have blood red or fiery orange colourings whereas the females tend to be more yellow or brown. In both sexes however, their main characteristic is their black legs with a contrasting yellow stripe along the length. This dragonfly is a very common and abundant species across much of Europe and can be found away from water sources, as well as close to them.Common darter dragonfly

The species gets its name from its hunting behavouir. The common darter will often be found poised on a plant or post where it will wait until an unsuspecting insect will fly past and the dragonfly will ‘dart’ after it, catching it in flight.

Due to their predatory lifestyle, draongflies are extremely agile and powerful fliers. They are capable of flying backwards, straight up and down, as well as manouerving tight rotations when hunting. This is due to their wings being able to move independetly of each other, unlike many other insects which beat in syncronisation.

Common darter females do not actually lay eggs into the water like many other species of dragonfly do. Instead she sharply flicks her abdonmen which causes the eggs to fall into the water as she flies over and they sink into the sediment below. The egg will hatch into a fericious aquatic nymph which may take up to 5 years to emerge and metamorphasise into an adult common darter.


Spotted in Dane Valley Woods: Ruby Tiger Moth caterpillar

This fuzzy copper caterpillar is the larvae to the ruby tiger moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa). It is the most common of our tiger moths and can be found across the whole United Kingdom, with its numbers having thought to have increased threefold in the past 35 years. It tends to be found in grassland areas or open woodland, so Dane Valley Woods is a perfect habitat for it to thrive.

The ruby tiger moth gets its name from its adult colouration. The ruby tiger moth has pinkish wings with a brown head and pink thorax with black spots and an orange and black striped abdomen. The name is more fitting for the populations in the south of England, as the individuals tend to become a duller brown or grey colour further north into Scotland.

The moth flies most commonly flies at night but can be seen during the day and due to it sometimes striking colouration, it can be mistaken for a butterfly. It overwinters as a larvae, and the natural chemicals in the caterpillar’s body prevents it from freezing and allows it to become inactive and emerge in the warmer weather to feast on its favourite plants such as heather, dock and dandelions.

Look for the adults in flight from April to June, and again in August to September; or the hairy caterpillars from June to April.

Photo copyright (http://the-nunnally.deviantart.com/art/Ruby-Tiger-Moth-444039893)

 


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition. This month we will be mulching trees and clearing back growth to help them to survive, plus maintaining and creating a network of paths to improve access to the woods.

Also on offer this month is an introductory guided tour of the woods – starting 10.30am from opposite the chip shop in Dane Valley Road

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods. We are easy to spot in our hi-viz yellow jackets!

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


Astronomy Night

All are welcome for a visit by the Thanet Astronomical Society, who will be giving a talk, followed by a star gazing session (weather permitting). Equipment will be available, but please feel free to bring your own. Hopefully the clouds will stay away, and we can all take advantage of the lack of nearby street lights for a clear sight of the Perseids meteor shower, stars and planets.

Remember to bring a red torch or cycle light, as white light is not good for when your eyes are adjusting to the dark! Look out for our gazebo which you should be able to see from the Dane Valley Road / Kent Road junction.

The Astronomy Night is preceded earlier in the day by our  Summer Open Day


Summer Open Day

The whole community is welcome to come and visit the woods for our Summer Open Day, from 2-5pm. The confirmed attractions so far are as follows:-

– Information stalls for Dane Valley Woods (DVW), the Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society (IoTAS), the RSPB, and the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG).

– Walks and talks by DVW, RSPB and KRAG.

– Refreshment stall – tea, coffee, cold drinks and cake.

– Sponsor a Tree.

– A variety of stalls: confirmed so far – Nethergong nurseries (veg box scheme and summer fruit); Little Brown Fairy Cake (cupcakes and birthday cakes); The Happy Hooker (crochet crafts); Timeless Classics (clocks, watches); Broadstairs Honey; Glitter Fairy (face painting); Keyrings; Jewellry; Bric-a-brac.

Look out for our gazebo, which you should be able to spot from the Dane Valley Road / Kent Road junction.

The Summer Open Day will be followed later between 8-10pm by an Astronomy Night. This features a talk by the Thanet Astronomical Society, followed by star gazing on the occasion of one of the year’s best meteor showers (subject to the absence of clouds, of course!)


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition. This month we will be mulching trees and clearing back growth to help them to survive, plus maintaining and creating a network of paths to improve access to the woods.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods. We are easy to spot in our hi-viz yellow jackets!

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is taking place on Monday 8 July, 7pm @ Taddy’s Barn, East Northdown Farm Nursery, George Hill Road, Margate. On the agenda is the following:

1) Purpose of AGM

2) Minutes of the last AGM (14 June 2012)

3) Chair’s Report (Steve Darling)

4) Treasurer’s Report (Michaela Flint)

5) Dane Valley Elders

The steering group has the discretion to nominate persons for this award, having been deemed to have made a significant contribution to the project. This year, no new nominations were received.

6) Amendments to Constitution

Proposed new rule:

18. ATTENDANCE OF MEMBERS

Members elected to the Steering Group, either at the AGM under Rule 6, or by co-option under Rule 8, shall be expected to maintain regular attendance at Steering Group meetings and on-site task days. Any member who fails to attend three consecutive Steering Group meetings shall have been deemed to have resigned from the Steering Group by default; unless mitigating circumstances are commonly known, or if reasons are explained in writing to the Chair or Secretary in advance of the third meeting of absence; and that these reasons or mitigating circumstances are accepted by a majority vote of the remaining Steering Group members.

7) Any Other Business

No requests have been received.

8) Election of Steering Group

Six people have put themselves forward: Steve Darling, Kashmir Flint, Michaela Flint, Carol Davenport, Paul Harrison, and Evie Bünte.

 

All members of the community are welcome to attend, whether or not they wish to be considered for the Steering Group. Come along and find out more about us!


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition. This month we will be mulching trees and clearing back growth to help them to survive, plus maintaining and creating a network of paths to improve access to the woods.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods. We are easy to spot in our hi-viz yellow jackets!

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition. This month we will be mulching trees and clearing back growth to help them to survive, plus maintaining and creating a network of paths to improve access to the woods.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods. We are easy to spot in our hi-viz yellow jackets!

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


BioBlitz 2012 – The Results!

On a bright and sunny Saturday 29 September 2012, Dane Valley Woods volunteers teamed up with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in an exciting new partnership, to try and identify the extent of biodiversity on the site. A base of operations was set up nearby on the green under DVW’s newly purchased giant gazebo, with a whole range of analysis tools including laptops, microscopes and reference books.  Three groups, each lead by experts in their field, were then sent into the woods to see what they could find…..

The exciting news is that all the results have been analysed by the university’s team (pictured on the day below, with DVW volunteers), and have now been published on our website in the ‘Wildlife’ section, here.

A big thank you to everyone who took part and helped organise, particularly Deborah, Hannah & Judy of CCCU – we particularly enjoyed the fish n chips! The university has also written about this event on their excellent Grapevine+ blog , you can read more here.


Wildflower Sowing

Flowers, flowers, everywhere…..

We are aiming to add a splash of colour to the woods over the next couple of years. Bulbs have already been planted, and we now want to create wildflower meadows, which will also encourage biodiversity and provide habitats for insects and other creatures that live in our woods.

We meet 10am at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath, or come along and find us throughout the morning in the woods  – we are easy to spot in our bright hi-vis jackets.

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather. All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


Easter Surprise

Dane Valley Woods are hosting a free Easter egg hunt for children on the 31st March from 10am.

The hunt will have a surprise twist based on British birds, so it’s a chance to have fun and get learning! One lucky child will win the grand prize, but all children participating will receive their very own prizes.

All under 16s will require an adult attending and refreshments will be provided.

Our regular task day will be running alongside the event for any adults wishing to attend. Our tasks will compose of general woodland maintenance and we will provide all necessary tools. You can spot us in our high-vis jackets in the woods and we will have a stall located at the top of the cycle path at the end of St Peter’s Footpath. Find us on Google Maps here http://g.co/maps/6c83t

Oh, and don’t forget that the clocks go forward…..


February Tree Plant

Following on from our successful 10th anniversary birthday party in January (over 400 trees planted!!), we are doing it all over again on Sunday 24 February. It’s the last planned tree planting event of the 2012/13 winter season, so come along and help us to get more in the ground and help the local environment.

We meet 10am at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath, or come along and find us throughout the morning in the woods  – we are easy to spot in our bright hi-vis jackets.

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather. All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


10 years of tree planting at Dane Valley Woods

Yes it’s hard to believe – tree planting has taken place at Dane Valley Woods since 2003 – and to celebrate, on 27 January 2013 we are holding a 10th anniversary tree plant. Basically, it’s our birthday party!

To get you in the mood, here is a video of Mike showing us how it should be done! How to plant a tree

And this is our snazzy new poster – feel free to download and distribute, to spread the word!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


10th Anniversary Tree Plant

Yes it’s hard to believe – tree planting has taken place at Dane Valley Woods since 2003 – and to celebrate, we are holding a 10th anniversary tree plant. Basically, it’s our birthday party!

We meet 10am at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath, or come along and find us throughout the morning in the woods  – we are easy to spot in our bright hi-vis jackets.

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather. All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.

To get you in the mood, here is a video of Mike showing us how it should be done!

How to plant a tree


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition. This month we will be continuing to develop our bug hotel, preparing land for our big 10th anniversary tree plant, mulching trees to help them to survive, and maintaining and creating a network of paths to improve access to the woods.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods.

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment, but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley allotments at the end of St Peters Footpath or find us in the woods.

There is no need to book – we provide all tools and safety equipment,  but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes and come dressed for the weather.

All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments are provided at the end of the morning for all hard working volunteers.

Remember that the clocks go back one hour!


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let us know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult.


BioBlitz

Dane Valley Woods is teaming up with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) in an exciting new partnership, to try and identify the extent of biodiversity on the site.

You can get involved with helping natural life experts and students to work out what flora and fauna we have on our doorstep, so come and see what you can help us to find!

On this occasion we will be meeting at the bottom end of Dane Valley Woods, on the mown grass area opposite the mini-roundabout (at the junction of Dane Valley Road and Kent Road, Margate). There is no need to book but please let us know if you intend to come along, as it helps us to organise refreshments and tasks.

Please wear a sturdy pair of shoes, and come dressed for the weather & scrabbling around in undergrowth.  All ages welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Kent Wildlife Trust will also be on hand with wildlife activities for small people, and information about their Living Landscapes project.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let us know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let us know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Rain glorious rain

After last year’s dry spring that caused much consternation for us tree planters as well as the loss of a good number of the trees that we planted we have been blessed by rain at the right time of the year for the 1000 or so trees that were planted this winter.  The trees are all looking healthy and their leaves are just beginning to burst.  Hopefully this year will see virtually no fatalities.  In order to help make sure this doesn’t happen, volunteers mulched many of these trees this morning with bark chippings very kindly provided by Thanet District Council.  Adding mulch around the trees will help make sure that weeds don’t grow up around the trees competing for moisture and nutrients as well as adding organic material slowly to the soil.  Here at Dane Valley Woods we would like to thank all of those who turned up and would like to apologise for all of the rain.  Unfortunately, the three hour window of sunshine that we had ordered didn’t turn up.  Thankfully, the trees didn’t seem to mind.


Treemendous volunteers plant 400 trees in 3 hours

A fantatsic effort by hardy volunteers at Dane Valley Woods planted around 400 trees on Saturday morning.  The site now boasts an impressive array of spindle, willow, hazel, dogwood, box, wild service tree and field maple whips that will form part of a community woodland in the heart of Margate.  Why not come and join us next Sunday (26th February) where we will do the same thing all over again.


Annual General Meeting and Woodland Talk by Kent Wildlife Trust

This should be a really interesting evening.  As well as finding out what we have been up to over the last 12 months and what we plan to do for the next 12 months we will be joined by Neil Coombs from Kent Wildlife Trust who will give a talk entitled “Managing Woodlands for Wildlife”.

So if you’ve ever wondered who Dane Valley Woods are, what we get up to and why then come along, it’s free and refreshments will be provided.