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Bluebells in Hillhouse Wood
Bluebells in Hillhouse Wood

The following news items are either about, or reference, Hillhouse Wood:

  • 2022 Dawn Chorus Walk – Where’s the Song Thrush - Steve Hallam reports on the 2022 Dawn Chorus walk. The 2022 Dawn Chorus walk at Hillhouse Wood took place in the midst of a run of warm sunny days, with cool nights. Except for the morning that we chose, which was cloudy and dull but mild. Nevertheless, the publicity team had done an excellent job, resulting in a very pleasing 30 people turning up. I was particularly pleased to find that Jonathan Jukes, the Woodland…
  • 2022 Spring Flower Walk – but no pea shooters - Steve Hallam reports on the 2022 Spring Flower Walk. This took place on a day of sunny intervals and a strong breeze; 12 people came along and off we went. Except that we did not go too far, to start with, as the first few yards of the track hold a variety of flowers to be discussed. Daisies, Dandelions, Red campion, Cow parsley, Ground ivy, Yellow archangel (domestic variety), Garlic mustard, Greater stitchwort and Buttercup…
  • The return of guided walks at Hillhouse Wood - Two Guided Walks Return to Hillhouse Wood After a gap of three years, guided walks return with two great walks to enjoy with Steve Hallam in the next few weeks. Spring Flower Walk on 23rd April, andDawn Chorus Walk on 7th May. Spring Flower Walk The last Spring Flower walk took place in 2019 in the company of Storm Hannah! Despite the weather, 22 folks assembled for the walk and thoroughly enjoyed themselves; the comic…
  • Winter Bird Walk 2022 – will you see a Waxwing? - Waxwings migrate from the boreal forests of continental Europe to spend their winters with us in search of rowan and other berries. Winter Bird Walk 2022 The first guided walk at Hillhouse Wood since 2020 takes place on Saturday 26th February when Steve Hallam leads the Winter Bird Walk 2022.  Walkers should meet at the Old Church at 10 am (weather permitting), wearing stout footwear and warm clothing & with a warm drink in a…
  • Easter 2021 at St Mary’s - This Easter 2021 update from St Mary's starts with a message from Revd Anne and also includes: An Easter Blessing;Easter Events;Muddy Church Adventure - fun for kids & family (win an Easter Egg!);Open Church;Appointing a New Priest; … and the usual listings of services and contacts but first: Revd Anne's Easter Message You may be reading this article around Eastertime, or a little earlier. It’s at Easter that Christians the world over celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, and are…
  • Day 23 of Lockdown – Don’t Go Down To The Woods - Day 23 of Lockdown Day 23 and the sun continued to shine down on us.  Wonderful with a bit of a but.  Each year our popular Hillhouse Wood becomes an attraction as the spring flowers create carpets of colour.  The paths, though, are rather narrow and social distancing will become a problem if the same numbers come along this year. If you are not a  local resident can you please put off your visit until…
  • Winter Bird Walk 2020 – will you see a Waxwing? - Winter Bird Walk 2020 The first guided walk of the year at Hillhouse Wood takes place on Saturday 29th February when Steve Hallam leads the Winter Bird Walk 2020.  Walkers should meet at the Old Church at 10 am (weather permitting), wearing stout footwear and warm clothing & with a warm drink in a flask.  They can expect to see a range of resident woodland and meadow species as well as some winter visitors, the…
  • 25th AGM of Friends of Hillhouse Wood - 25th AGM of Friends of Hillhouse Wood The 25th AGM of the Friends of Hillhouse Wood is on Wednesday 11th December 2019.  Starting in the Orpen Hall at 7.30 pm, refreshments will be served from 7.00 pm.  The Friends will welcome members and non-members alike. Talk Following the conclusion of formal business, there will be a talk given by John More, Essex Wildlife Trust’s Living Landscapes Co-ordinator. 2019 Walks 2019 has seen 4 organised walks; some snippets and links to the…
  • Autumn Fruits in the Rain - Autumn Fruits in the Rain It appears in recent years, that the Autumn Fruits Walk tends to act as a magnet to rain.  This year was no exception.  However, the weather forecast gave plenty of warning and so the 7 participants came prepared. As for the walk itself, we again saw how the presence, location and abundance of plants vary from year to year. This time there were lots of the colourful berries of the delicate Spindle…
  • Autumn Walk – Fruits, Nuts & Seeds - Autumn Walk - Fruits, Nuts & Seeds Steve Hallam will lead a guided walk to seek out fungi, berries, soft fruits, nuts & seeds.  All of these are now out in abundance.  To join Steve you should meet him at the Old Church at 2 pm on Saturday 26th October - wear suitable clothing!  You should wear strong boots or wellies as we may encounter long wet grass! Steve will explain the folklore about the finds, which ones…
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