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Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Conservation Group Report 2017

Annual Report (2017)

2017 once again saw Friends of Thetford Forest (FoTF) Conservation tackle a full programme of 12 events visiting locations as varied as Cranwich, Hochkham, Mildenhall Woods and Santon Downham Workshops performing a variety of tasks such as the construction of Owl and Bat Boxes, Water Quality Testing, Scrub clearance, and Gorse clearance.

The team once again opened the year by joining forces with Toadwatch to errect the toad fences at Cranwich on the busy A134 to help the toads move from the woods to the south west to the ponds to the north. February saw FoTF Conservation return to Mildenhall Mugwort Pit to continue on the ongoing project to reintroduce Mugwort by undertaking Gorse and scrub clearance.

FoTF Conservation Group at Work at Quakers Walk, Mildenhall Woods (April 2016)

March saw the team underatake a very different task to normal, water quality testing, at Frosts Common, Hockham. April saw the team visit a new location, Quakers Walk, in Mildenhall Woods. Here the team removed small Broom plants from the verges protect the habitat of Breckland Thyme.

May saw FoTF Conservation head to Brandon Decoy at Santon Downham to build a new, sturdier, screen to replace the one they had previously constructed at the site. June saw FoTF Conservation return to Frosts Common, Hockham to clear Rhododendron.

July saw FoTF Conservation return to the Goshawk Trail at Mayday where the team conducted a Nighjar nest audit with members of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). August saw the team return to the Santon Downham area, this time Santon Street, to undertake scrub clearance. The September event saw FoTF Conservation visit a location they had not visited for quite some time, West Tofts pit. Here the team constructed a new fence around the pond and undertook general clearance.

October and November saw FoTF Conservation return Hockham Hills & Holes to undertake Gorse clearance and to perform a controlled burn of the large amount of cleared Gorse. December saw the annual event at Santom Downham Workshops where, as well as treating themselves to festive goodies, the team built bird boxes for use around the forest.

Many thanks to our willing volunteers, as none of this would be possible without them!