Snape Woodland Group

Snape Woodland Group is a charitable organisation formed through affiliation to the Green Light Trust, working to create, develop and maintain a new Snape Woodland Maparea of woodland in Snape. We can be contacted at  snape.woodland.group@outlook.com

Although no longer affiliated we maintain contact with the Green Light Trust and continue to take interest in their projects and development.

Our purpose is to provide a new facility for general enjoyment of our community as well as to encourage local children and adults to get closer to nature and actively participate in building a greener future. Since its inception in 2003 the Group has managed to acquire an extendable lease on a piece of land well situated within the village boundary, as shown on the map.

The site covers just over two acres and is situated in a lovely peaceful spot. It was chosen because it had good potential for making an interesting woodland site including a depression which could form the basis of a new pond. Up until we acquired it the area had been used for arable agriculture, growing crops such as potatoes and wheat. It is bordered on one side by a public footpath linking Church Road to Gromford, on two sides by existing mature hedges and on the last and shortest side by a farm track. The location is ideal because the footpath provides easy public access while the farm track enables us to access the site with machinery should that be required.

Progress to Date

Since acquiring the site we have done a substantial amount of work and we have now planted hundreds of trees in new hedges and open planting schemes. The site has been completely fenced with rabbit wire – although this seems to be more effective at keeping them in than out! We have created a clay lined pond in the depression in the centre of the site and this  successfully held a decent amount of water up until about 2010 when a very dry summer dried it out and caused the underlying clay to crack. Since then the pond has unfortunately been dry even after heavy rain. We are currently considering whether to try and reinstate the pond, but this is a significant undertaking.  We have also put up a sign made from an oak trunk and erected a notice board. We hold regular planting events where people can bring trees to plant and these have been popular and successful.

Flora & Fauna Survey at Priory Wood Autumn

To help us track how the wood and its environment evolves as it changes from agrictural land to woodland we are periodically recording tracking the flora and fauna; this is the latest survey:

Birds Herring Gull,Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Turtle Dove, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Woodlark, Swallow, House Martin, Dunnock, Wren, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Yellowhammer.
(19 species)

Mammals
Fox, Rabbit, Short-tailed Field Vole. (4 species)

Amphibians
Common toad. (1 species)

Butterflies
Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus,Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Grayling, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet. (14 species)

Dragonflies
Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Emperor, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter. (5 species)

Other Insects Hornet, Red-tailed Bumble bee, Field Grasshopper, Great-Green Bush-cricket. (4 species)

Plants (80 species) Highlights: Field Pansy, Perforate St.John’s Wort, Corn Spurrey, Common Mallow, Small-flowered Cranesbill, Climbing White Bryony, Changing forget-me-not, Common Broomrape, Henbit Dead-nettle, Common Fleabane, Bristly Ox-tongue.