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A New Resident

A New Resident

Whitelands Species Spotlight! A guest blog by Eleanor Hampson. Polecat prints, found by our volunteer Matt Dell.There is an exciting new resident at Whitelands. Our ink traps have revealed consistent polecat footprints throughout April and we are delighted. Our...

Landscape and Livelihood

Landscape and Livelihood

My Dad was responsible for planting 30,000 trees. He would point them out as we drove across the county; along motorway verges, nearby villages, estates, hillsides. Once, I took him to help on a survey, one of my first as a young professional ecologist; I was excited...

Arbsystem comes to Whitelands

Arbsystem comes to Whitelands

On the 18th May we will be hosting an open afternoon to talk about careers in forestry and arboriculture. Gillon Laidlaw, of Arbsystem, will be giving a talk and a demonstration, for children of all ages. We are really excited to be hosting the first ever "Careers in...

Community Interest

Community Interest

The Whitelands Project is a officially a Community Interest Company, registered as of the 22nd March 2019! "A social enterprise looking to improve the habitat of Whitelands Wood, through collaborating with local small businesses...We provide a platform for...

Hannah and the London Marathon

Hannah and the London Marathon

The Whitelands Project is beginning to establish itself as a social enterprise, with the aim of supporting local business alongside biodiversity, and education with ecological understanding. We will be doing everything we currently do but more so, with more people and...

Wildlife Monitoring Volunteers Needed

Wildlife Monitoring Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in ecology and conservation? Looking for experience in wildlife survey techniques and ecological monitoring?The Whitelands Project is looking for a few local volunteers (ages 16+) to help out over spring and summer. This opportunity would be perfect...

2018

2018

A lot has changed this year. The new campIts been just over six months since I took over management, and in that time I have learned a huge amount- from budgeting to chainsaw maintenance, risk assessments to butterfly ID. I’ve done a plenty of things I never expected...

The Barn

The Barn

The Whitelands Project's next big project, as explained by Fritha West, Woodland Manager.As some of you may know, my aim this year is to complete construction of the eco-build barn that Dad began within the wood. Those of you who have walked up that way will remember...

A Summer Update

A Summer Update

This summer has been a busy one so far!We had our first official Whitelands Work Party at the end of July, perfectly timed during the only rain storm we have had for weeks. Volunteers were determined and managed to have a good time despite the extreme wet- and we got...