Upcoming Events & Activities
Sun 19th March: Spring Litter Pick session at Greenwood Centre
Fri 31st March: Spring Talk - Bees by Tony Maggs at Tesco Community Room
Fri 20th May: Friends of Toton Fields AGM
Fri 14th April: Moth survey on the Fields #1 - Greenwood Centre at 8pm
Fri 16th June: Moth survey on the Fields #2 - Greenwood Centre at 9.30pm
Fri 11th Aug: Moth survey on the Fields #3 - Greenwood Centre at 8.30pm
Fri 27th January: Friends Annual Social evening - Tesco Community Room
Thurs 20th October: Autumn Talk - Dragonflies by Dave Goddard
Sun 9th October: Autumn Litter Pick session at Greenwood Centre
Sun 11th September: Heritage weekend - Walk around Toton Fields
Sat 10th September: Heritage weekend - Toton Unearthed display at Barton's Centre, Chilwellck here to edit text
Other events that may be of interest: Spring 2017
WOODLAND MANAGEMENT – TOTON FIELDS LNR
In the next few weeks contractors and volunteers working with the Borough Council will be thinning trees in the Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve.
The ecological value and viability of woodlands can suffer without management, particularly in plantations or stands of trees the same age, such as at Toton Fields. Without any intervention, the trees develop evenly in structure and once the canopy has closed there is little opportunity for natural regeneration, threatening the long-term integrity of the wood. The lack of light also shades out plants on the woodland floor, leading to a loss of biodiversity.
The woodland at Toton Fields is at the point where management is required. As part of a wider programme of works to improve habitat and biodiversity the woodland will be thinned by felling a proportion of the trees where they are growing densely together. This will be undertaken sensitively, so as not to damage the remaining trees and to avoid any harm to wildlife. Poorer specimens will be selected for removal and the most important species such as oak retained. A high proportion of the trees are ash and thinning these will help provide some resilience to the spread of Ash Die-Back disease, which has been spreading through the United Kingdom. Woodchip from the brash will be used to surface paths and number of trunks will be left standing between 1.5 metres and 3 metres (5 to 10 foot) in height to provide “standing deadwood”, which is important habitat for insects, woodpeckers and other birds. The remainder of the felled material will be left in the wood to decay. This habitat is an important feature of healthy and diverse woodland. Opening up views into the woodland will also limit opportunities for the use of the woodland for anti-social behaviour.
Once this stage of work is complete woodland wildflowers such as bluebell and primrose will be introduced. Bird and bat boxes will also be fixed and understory shrubs such as hazel planted. This work will be in partnership with the Borough Council, Friends of Toton Fields and the Practical Conservation Volunteers.