The summer months are a time for fixing things. The wood and its adjoining meadows are left to flourish at this time of year, thus allowing them to provide a myriad of habitats for breeding birds, mammals and invertebrates.
Fortunately, there are many alluring jobs to keep the volunteers content over the warmer months.
Repairing fences is one such activity, and it is one that challenges me, but luck would have it that I have many fencing experts within my team. Armed with all manner of tools: to strain wire, to cut wire and to knock in posts, this accomplished and practical squad stride off across the meadows in search of damaged fences.
These earnest volunteers are not the only mammals to be seen on a sunny Thursday in July. As I watch them go, I see not one, but two, brown hares loping through the tall grass.
The brown hare (Lepus europaeus) is distinguishable by its long black-tipped ears. It is much larger than a rabbit, with long, powerful hind legs and the capacity to run at a speed of 45mph.