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We would like to thank all those who have given support to this project from the local community, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Freshwater Habitats Trust, Alvecote and Shuttington Parish Council, Maurice Arnold (sadly now passed away), and all the contractors and friends, family and volunteers who have worked on the site and given us advice and support.

We are developing Alvecote Wood according to our Woodland Management Plan that has been agreed with and grant-aided by the Forestry Commission under the English Woodland Grant Scheme.

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Alvecote Wood and the Community

Gatekeeper butteryfly at Alvecote Wood

We are extremely keen that, whilst not opening the wood all the time for the public, it is nevertheless a community resource as well as a place for wildlife.

We now hold regular open days on the last Sunday in each month between March and November. The woods are then open to the public, and we provide guided tours and explanations of the work we have been doing on the site. In 2011 we started to open on Tuesday evenings between April and September, mainly for birdwatchers, and to allow people to come and see our beautiful bluebells in the Spring.

We have also been exploring the potential for use of the site by schools and colleges for outdoor learning, by Scouts and Guides, as a Forest Schools site and for other outdoor activities. We have undertaken our CEVAS training. We have held two Scout camps at the site, welcomed groups of Beavers and two Forest School groups, as well as opened the woods and provided guided tours for several wildlife and natural history groups. We are exploring the potential use of the woods for rehabilitation of those suffering from addiction or recovering from homelessless and long-term unemployment.

We also liaise with other wildlife conservation organisations, including Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, British Dragonfly Society, Pond Conservation, West Midlands Bird Club, The Forestry Commission, Warwickshire County Forestry Department, the Warwickshire Museum and the Warwickshire Mammal Recorders. We have held moth trapping sessions on site for Butterfly Conservation, and hope to hold bat walks and other wildlife-related activities in the future.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us - we'd love to hear from you.