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Global warming and the changing seasons.

Global warming and the changing seasons.

by Chris ~ 8 December, 2016 ~ comments welcome

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been carefully monitored since the 1950’s (for example at Mauna Loa).  For much of recorded history and prior to the industrial revolution, the level of carbon dioxide was about 280 ppm.  However, its current level of 400 ppm represents a significant increase and is probably the highest value for some 800,000 years.  It has risen because of the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, peat etc.) - which release carbon dioxide.  This has contributed to global warming and the phenomenon of climate change.

However, the rise in global temperature has not been quite as great as some calculations / predictions have proposed.  The “greening of the planet” (that is an increase in the number of trees and plants growing on the planet) was held to be responsible for this ‘reduction’ in anticipated temperatures. Read more...

Bird Decline Indicates Homogenised Woods

Bird Decline Indicates Homogenised Woods

by Esther Armstrong ~ 30 October, 2009 ~ one comment

With under-management diminishing woodland bird populations, landowners are being encouraged to act.

The population decline of woodland birds has been well documented in the national press: headline grabbing stories of the cuckoo’s demise and the lesser spotted woodpecker’s struggle for habitat are given plenty of column inches.  We wanted to get to the bottom of why woodland birds are in decline, what this means for the woods, and how the problem is being addressed?  Read more...

Making Chestnut Paling

Making Chestnut Paling

by catherine ~ 30 October, 2009 ~ one comment

Sweet chestnut paling looks great and is good value. Aly May from http://www.sayitwithwood.co.uk/ shows how it's made with an ingenious piece of equipment. Read more...

Re-introductions and rewilding

Re-introductions and rewilding

by Richard ~ 23 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Rewilding is a word that has been used often by the media in recent times.  Broadly speaking, it refers to the re-introduction of species to areas or habitats where they have 'died out', in some cases hundreds of years ago.  The list of animals considered for rewilding varies, but the elk, wolf, lynx, wild boar, beavers and bears are possible candidates. Read more...

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 3 - Fixing A Slack Recoil Starter

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 3 – Fixing A Slack Recoil Starter

by catherine ~ 23 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

In our last chainsaw maintenance video Paul Collins shows us how to fix a slack recoil starter on a chainsaw. Read more...

The Ghost of Workers Past Pt 4: Delving into the history hidden in your woodland

The Ghost of Workers Past Pt 4: Delving into the history hidden in your woodland

by David Brown ~ 16 October, 2009 ~ comments welcome

Tracks and trackways

 

These seem to exist in almost every wood. Some are slightly sunken – something less than 0.2m and about a metre wide – while others are wide, two-lane highways with multiple sunken areas and banks on either side. Read more...

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 2 - Tensioning the Chain

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 2 – Tensioning the Chain

by catherine ~ 16 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Paul Collins continues his demonstration by replacing the guide bar and showing how to adjust the tension of the chain. Read more...

Building Bridges – working with young people at March Wood

Building Bridges – working with young people at March Wood

by Dave ~ 9 October, 2009 ~ one comment

Regular readers of the blog will be familiar with March Wood, the site of Play Action which gives city children an experience of the outdoors.  Play Action is a community project supported by Woodands.co.uk.  Dave Newton talks about the positive experiences of working with young people at March Wood. Read more...

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