Visit your local woods and help record the effects of climate change on your wildlife

Downs Bank in all its beauty
Downs Bank in all its beauty

The Woodland Trust is asking readers in Stone and Eccleshall to visit their local woods, and take part in a nationwide collation of information on seasonal events in order to show the effects of climate change on wildlife across the nation. The Trust is asking people to log on to www.visitwoods.org.uk and simply enter their postcode in order to find out where their local woods are along with maps, ratings, reviews and pictures.

The Trust is also asking people to log on to www.naturescalendar.org.uk where they can view and record seasonal events, and help us to see what effect climate change is having on our wildlife. The things to look out for  include hawthorn flowering, late bluebells and birds such as the blue tit feeding its young. The Natures Calendar website allows anyone to register for a free nature identification booklet to assist in the identification of species, and also provides downloadable information packs on anything from butterflies to fungi, along with free wallpapers for your computer, making this an activity suitable for anyone, no matter how much or little knowledge they already have of local wildlife.

Cheryl Fox, a volunteer from the Woodland Trust, said

“This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to get outside and get involved in nature. Young or old, seasoned nature lover or someone who doesn’t quite know where to start; thanks to the information available through the natures calendar website, there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved, and it also makes for a great activity to keep children entertained whilst educating them about local wildlife!”

In Stone, the closest accessible woods include the well know Downs Banks or Barlaston Downs as it is otherwise known. The Downs Banks sits just 1.7 miles from Stone town centre, boasting free parking and with 166 acres of glaciated valley, woodland and heath with a stream running from north to south, makes a wonderful day out whether on your own, or with the children or dogs. But with a total of 233 accessible woods across the whole of Staffordshire, there is plenty to explore!

For more information about how to get involved, visit www.visitwoods.org.uk and www.naturescalendar.org.uk