FRIENDS OF THREE CORNERED COPSE
LITTER PICKING, WOODPECKERS AND MORE ...
The effect of our mild winter has been discussed at length in newspapers and TV, and the appearance of
snowdrops and daffodils much earlier each year gives witness to the changes that are occurring.
The copse shows this in each of its three corners, where
bulbs have emerged and buds appeared on the trees,
and ground parsley starts to carpet the woodland floor.
The birdlife is thoroughly busy too, food is abundant and
the kinder temperature allows less migrations and an
earlier courtship among all species. Just wander through
the copse at daybreak or dusk and hear a cacophony of
birdsong. That is, if the traffic noise from the by-pass is
blown to a different direction.
Earlier this month I spotted a green woodpecker drilling
into one of the older trees in the very centre of the
wooded area. At first I thought I'd heard an echo, as a
more distant drilling noise answered the first. This repeated
for several minutes, the question and answer of
these two woodpeckers. The staccato rattling noise on
the hollow wood bounced around the leafless copse,
providing an unusual soundtrack to the walk that day.
Having missed a work day for the Friends of Three Cornered
Copse, due to our ranger being ill, the build-up of
litter is beginning to be noticed. Bill Bryson, the author,
and president of the Campaign for Rural England, stated
that only one in a hundred of us drop litter, and that if
one in a hundred pick up litter, we would have none.
Unfortunately, in the copse, the pickers-up are outnumbered
quite regularly, but frequent clear-ups from our
group keep the problem under control. The Big Tidy-Up
(#CleanForTheQueen) on March 4th-5th saw a special
clean-up weekend for the Queen's 90th birthday. (Litter
fact: a banana skin takes two years to degrade, and a
plastic bottle takes 450 years.)
Some confusion still remains about the future of our
ranger service provided by the council's parks department.
Recent meetings of the council seem to have
found surplus budget from some overpayments, which
were proposed to be used to reprieve the rangers, at
least for another year. But until the final budget meeting
of the council takes place it remains to be seen if the
council can support our Friends group activities. Without
the rangers our activities will be less ambitious than
Perhaps reduced to just picking up litter.
Friends of Three Cornered Copse