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Mind and Deafness Resource Centre volunteers make a difference at Griffin Wood

Working with the mental health charity Mind, The Mersey Forest’s Access to Nature project has helped a group of 11 men with mental health issues to enjoy exploring the great outdoors and contributing to their local environment at Griffin Wood. The group have been on a tree identification walk and have carried out conservation tasks, with two further visits to follow later this spring.

A group of a dozen teenagers from the Deafness Resource Centre have also been busy at Griffin Wood, clearing willow and removing tree guards, in the first of four activity sessions which will run through April and May. Following in their footsteps, a group of adults from the centre will soon also be starting their own series of conservation tasks at the site.

Also getting active at the woodland will be a group from Addaction, the drug and alcohol treatment charity, who will soon be embarking on a series of four conservation task sessions.

Update of our Nosey Nature Day – with Fungal Punk Dave

20th May 2012


Ready for the off

A Fungalpunk Nosey Nature day attracted a small group and off we went in search of anything of interest.

Flower wise and the list of 29 species in bloom was as follows:- Ribwort Plantain; Meadow Buttercup; Ground Ivy; Red Campion; Raged Robin; Cowslip; Ox-Eye Daisy; Sheeps Sorrel; Spanish Bluebell; Common Nettle; Lesser Celandine; Wood Avens; English Bluebell; Common Mouse Ear; Colts-Foot; Cow Parsley; Lesser Trefoil; Celery Leaved Buttercup; Common Vetch; Common Water Crowfoot; Common Sorrel; Early Forget Me Not; Chickweed; Wavy Bittercress; Herb Robert; Garlic Mustard; Red Dead Nettle; Marsh Marigold (Double Flowered) and Green Alkanet.

11 other plants noted that weren’t in flower but just at the vegetative state were:-Canadian Pondweed; Red Clover; Yellow Rattle; Ivy; Goosegrass; Creeping Thistle; Spear Thistle; Teasel; Foxglove; Hedge Woundwort and Greater Plantain.

8 trees and shrubs noted were Gorse; Elder; Sycamore; Hawthorn; Beech; Silver Birch; Goat Willow and Alder.

On the bird front 15 species were listed:- Magpie; Mallard; Grey Partridge; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Blackbird; Swift; Mistle Thrush; Jay; Common Whitethroat; Carrion Crow; Buzzard and Willow Warbler.

Insects as always were difficult due to so many maybes and maybe nots but a list of 20 definites were:- 7 Spot Ladybird; 14 Spot Ladybird; 22 Spot Ladybird; 2 Spot Ladybird; Harlequin Ladybird; Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Crane Fly (Tipula maxima); Red Tailed Bumblebee; the moth Adela reurmurella; Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Green Tortoise Beetle; Gorse Seed Weevil; St Marks Fly; Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); Drinker Moth larvae and the butterflies – Peacock (*3); Orange Tip (*3) and Brimstone (*1).

14 other species found today were Common Toad; Shiny Woodlouse; Rough Woodlouse; Black Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); Common Centipede (Lithobius forficatus); Garlic Snail; Rounded Snail; Strawberry Snail; White Lipped Banded Snail; Dusky Slug; Great Pond Snail; Rabbit and Grey Squirrel.

The lichen Xanthoria parietina and the Gall Aceria cephaloneus were observed as well as 15 species of fungi (See Fungal Friends Sightings Section) making a grand total of species seen for the day – 114. Not bad at all for a casual wander!

Christmas Decorations Event – Pictures

The Friends of Griffin Wood would like to thank everybody who attended our ‘making Christmas decorations from natural materials’ event which was organised in collaboration with Paul Bamber of Access To Nature – TMF.

Our first group of the day

A selection of the materials used

The first minibus attending came with ‘Up Ponky’ – a creative over fifties group who meet at the LEAF Centre, Chester Lane. They bravely arrived during the morning when we had torrential rain. Others attending during the day included. Ali a trainer with the Expert Patient Programme (EPP) and member of the Health Improvement Team. The EPP held a get together in Griffin Wood earlier in the year and are looking forward to other events.

Some members of Up Ponky get creative

Ali proud owner of a Xmas wreath

more wreath designsOthers who arrived and enjoyed themselves had links with ‘Women Supporting Women’ whom we will be working with in the new year and some members of other Friends groups – Bob and Kelly – who came to support the event. Congrats must go to Reg who Won the largest wreath competition and Declan! who was a great help with his added enthusiasm. Unfortunatly we had a few cancellations due to the weather, which started off wet but soon brightened up, but stayed cold.

Billy gets some lessons from Andrea

Karen shows off her wreath

A special thanks must go to our artist for the day Andrea (Kelly-Lansley). Who didnt seem to stop for the whole day, possibly to keep warm.

Even the horses were interested

Another proud wreath designer

consentration was high

A close look at Bobs wreath

not everybody created wreaths some came to eat them

Some of our visitors and craftwork

Ali, Paul Bamber and Andrea our artist

Ali, Paul Bamber and Andrea our artist

Reg proud owner of our biggest wreath

A rainbow to finish the day, well done to all

Lottery Fund Sponsored

Lottery Fund Sponsored

Xmas Decorations Event

Make Your Own

seasonal decorations

with natural materials

in the woods.

Held at Griffin Wood on
Saturday 3rd December from 10:00am to 2:00pm

This is a Free event complete with an Artist

Shuttle service from The LEAF Centre, Chester Lane, WA9 4DE – 9.45 a.m.;
Clock Face Colliery Country Park Car Park, Gorsey Lane – 10.00 a.m.

Further pick-ups by arrangement. Deadline 3 p.m., 30th November 2011 Contact Paul at or 07770735333

Organised by the Friends of Griffin Wood and the Access To Nature Project