The Friends of Old Park Wood have established this website to provide
information for members and the public on how the woods are being managed and
Friends of Old Park Wood.
The association is a grouping of owners of the various individual woods within the ancient broadleaf wood known as OLD PARK WOOD, who are seeking to maintain and manage their individual woods within an overarching management plan drawn up with the support of
the Kent Wildlife Trust and the Kent High Weald Project
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There are no membership fees so why not join us and
start working with us to improve the woods and the environment? You only
need to own a wood within Old Park Wood
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"Crepuscular events.......... one of my all time favourite
birds is the enigmatic Nightjar. A summer migrant, it is an uncommon visitor
added to which it is only really active at dawn and dusk (its crepuscular !)
when the male bird makes a very bizarre churring noise to attract a mate and
establish territory. They are a bird of heath land areas, needing bare
ground under low growing or recently coppiced trees to nest in. This year, I
have been taking part in a survey in Kent to try and find out just where
they are still to be found - there are still a few pairs scattered along the
greensand ridge. I had once heard from a local that he used to hear
Nightjars in Old Park Wood in the 80s when the trees were a lot lower and
the site was more healthy, but I had dismissed the idea of ever finding them
in the wood now. But, nature has a way of surprising you. A couple of weeks
ago we were camping in our wood and at about 10pm, I had to go back to the
car to get something when I picked up what I was pretty certain was a
Nightjar in full churring mode. Following the sound, I tracked it to the
area of coppiced sweet chestnut by Keepers cottage. And there on a dead Oak
limb was the bird itself, framed very nicely by a rapidly setting sun. I
watched it for a good 15 minutes hawking for insects and then it became too
dark for me to see it at all.
It would be good to think it had a mate sitting on eggs somewhere in the
area and maybe Nightjars have managed to keep a foothold in the wood over
the years, after all. It is also a useful reminder of just how important it
is that we as owners continue to provide suitable habitat by coppicing and
active woodland management."
- Goudhurst, Kent, England
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