Team Building in the Wye Valley Woodland
Twenty one ... the magic number - the number of leaves from different species of woodland plant and trees found and identified by the new group of Youth Rangers on their first outing together.
With a late autumn there were plenty of fallen leaves under foot. The group gathered them up to compare and contrast and create leaf art.The group undertook a series of challenges and all got to know each other a little better.
|Getting to know each other|
|Many hands make light work|
We stopped to hear about Lady Park Wood the long running scientific study situated near the River Wye at the Biblins. This National Nature Reserve, which is secured behind a high fence though visible from the Peregrine Path where we were able to view it, has had no management since 1955 and has been fenced from the deer since 2006. In this time period it has been continually monitored to determine what factors effect the ecology of the woodland. This study is on- going and currently reveals a decline in many woodland ground flora species and an increase in deadwood species like fungi. As there is no management by people the factors which have the greatest influence on the woodland are events, like trees toppling and droughts. There is a lot more to learn from long term studies of this type that can inform and educate conservationists of today and the future
After lunch we continued along the Wye Valley Walk to Monmouth. Our first adventure complete.