The Hawthorn flowers are just starting to turn here in Nettlebridge. Its been a good year for the flowers, with trees literally smothered in white flowers,
I’ve decided to document the monthly changes round the circular track in Harridge Wood West, known locally as “The Loop”.
I’ll try to take a dozen of so photos from the same positions every month to show the seasonal changes.
Three years ago we heard the first confirmed report of Chalara Ash dieback in a mature tree near Shepton Mallet, and have been monitoring the local woods since.
Two years ago we had yet to see any signs, but last year many Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) trees in the woods started to show the first signs of dieback.
This year it is now very clear that with dead tops of the trees all over. There are a few Ash not showing any signs yet, so we will continue to watch closely.
This Chalara dieback disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.
Each winter woodland management work is carried out to improve the wildlife habitats and remove the planted timber trees as they mature. I counted 40 rings on this conifer, which would mean it was planted in 1977.
Ideally the work is completed by March to avoid disturbance to nesting birds.
Unfortunately this year the work carried on well into April, and the timber extraction is still happening in mid May.