Recently I had the chance to visit the magical Hazel Hill Wood
Hazel Hill wood, near Salisbury, is a 70 acre ancient woodland plus wildflower meadow.
The setting is completely off the grid with electricity from photo-voltaic systems, compost toilets, running water from a ground water capture system and heating powered by wood burning stoves.
On set dates throughout the year they hold volunteer conservation days and family conservation weekends. A few weeks ago I spent the day there, doing a mammal survey.
On arrival Charley met us and with a map in hand we set off around the self-guided paths which twist and turn through the mixture of oaks, beech and ash trees.
Back at the The Oak house, once we had a quick bite to eat and familiarised ourselves with the area, we set off again on a more structured walk of the wood.
During the day we spotted one hare, 2 fallow deer, a herd of 6 Roe deer and 2 Muntjac deer.
Mid-afternoon we met back up with Charley and a few volunteers that were working in over in Wild West area. Charley had brought along a stove to make hot drinks, as well as cake. Much needed after a a few hours wildlife surveying.
It was a great day and if you fancy volunteering at Hazel Hill Wood – here’s the link – http://www.hazelhill.org.uk/volunteer-conservation-days/