2013/2014                                                                                                                                                                                                     We are using Facebook for occasional observations in the wood, so please check out our Facebook group, which also has photos.

May 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                        We participated in the Tring Together Spring Fayre, by laying on a guided walk through the wood. Sadly, the weather was appalling, so (much to the relief of the 'guide') there were no takers for the walk! Managed a photo though before running for home! It's on Flickr in the Hardings Wood group.

November 2011                                                                                                                                                                                               Successful open day on a beautiful mellow autumn day.

August 2011                                                                                                                                                                                              11th August     Noisy jays with young and a roe deer - probably a young male have all been spotted.                               22nd August       The paths have been cleared a bit more getting the late nettles out of the way so it's a lot nicer to walk. If you can get down to the wood let us know what you see. You can email us by clicking on the link to the right of the screen, or join our Facebook group.

July 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                    27th July       The wood is well into its summer somnolence. The paths remain open after the last cut and the renovated track up the hill to the east is grassing up nicely with the Deschampsia species returning. This is a most beautiful grass when it is in flower and afterwards. The patch of sweet woodruff in the has expanded and is m...aking a scented shadow beneath one of the largest beech trees in the new wood.
It seems likely from the calls that green woodpeckers as well as great spotted have raised young and there are more blackcaps than in the last few years. The leaf canopy has reached its summer height and span early this year.         18th July       Haymaking all around. It's brought out the kites and buzzards. Six kites and a buzzard overhead yesterday and Monday. has anyone seen the roe deer in or near the wood. One of them has two fawns.                                                                                                                

5th JUNE 2011 
In the ancient woodland the ground vegetation has fallen back as the bluebell stems and foliage die back and the abundant goosegrass drops with it. In the eastern part of the wood, the sweet woodruff is increasing and has made a huge pool of fragrant deep green beneath one of the larger beeches near the path. Birdsong is still loud and strong,  especially in the early morning.

Last week we took a number of members of the Wigginton History Society for an evening walk around the perimeter of of the wood. Even the more elderly members managed to stay the course and we all had an interesting and enjoyable time identifying birds and plants and discussing the history of the wood.

10 APRIL 2011                  The spring flowers have done very well this year. We now have five groups of primroses around the wood, and nine wild daffodil clumps. The ramsons are increasing as are wood anemones, wood sorrel and moschatel. There were also more lesser celandines this year especially in the entrance track where the unusual goldilocks buttercup is now coming into flower.

The early morning birdsong is working up to its spring peak. Thrushes, blackbirds and several kinds of tit and finch have survived the winter and we seem to have more nuthatches than last spring. Green and great spotted woodpeckers are yaffling and drumming respectively. Returned migrant blackcaps, garden warblers and chiffchaffs are in good voice. There are still frequent sightings of buzzards, kites and ravens.

The three roe deer that haunted the wood last winter were here again this year.

The bluebells are just coming out!

9th MARCH 2011         Despite the cold start to the month, the wood is taking its course towards spring. The tree buds are noticeably swelling. The wild daffodils have appreciable flowerstems and the primrose buds are visible. The two clumps of ramsons that unaccountably arrived in Hardings have increased in size though at present with a good show of bright leaves. Most of our resident birds are calling. The pond has water in and the birds are drinking and washing there.

FEBRUARY             The wood is beginning to wake up. Bluebell, primrose and daffodil leaves have appeared and great tits and chaffinches are in song. Green and great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches are calling and have been seen. Kites, buzzards and at least one raven have been seen and heard. We think there are several ravens. If anyone has spotted them will you let us know.

22nd November 2010    The glum weather cleared temporarily and volunteers at Harding Wood had some sun for the work party on 13 November.   John Kilpatrick and Terry Collins each led half the group of volunteers and were able to stack all of the lying timber previously felled during the path-opening project in the valley. They also cleared overgrown vegetation and other hazards were cleared from the paths leading around the wood.                                                                                    Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up and to those who let us know you would not be able to come.
This is the first time we have had a work party on a Saturday and in general it seems to be less convenient so we will be reverting to our usual Sunday parties in the future.

19th October

Please  click here for further information on the work party.  Meet at 10.30 at the valley bottom. Come and join the party to clear for winter - or just enjoy a walk

1st October 2010

As all the summer growth is now beginning to calm down and die back, we are planning a work day for Saturday 13th November. Please do come along and help us to tackle the many jobs, some heavy, some less so, that are necesary in order to keep the woodland both healthy and accessible. If possible please let us know if you are planning to come along, so that we can plan the work to make best use of the labour available. Just click on the Contact Us link above to drop us an email or Register for more information via the Join Volunteer work parties link on the right of this page.                                                              See you in November ..

5th July 2010

July                                          With the hotter weather the early flowers disappeared and the wood assumed its lazy summer dustiness. We cleared the paths of nettles but it is one of those years when there was a lot of nettle and goosegrass growth. This is usually associated with an increase in nitrogen in the soil. There have been plenty of kites and buzzards about especially after haymaking.                                                                                    May - June                                The bluebells were out later than recent years, more like the springs of the 1960s when we had cold winters followed by a sudden bright spring. Anemones, bluebells and yellow archangel were all plentiful and followed each other in quick succession. Blackcaps and garden warblers sang as the leaves came out and we have had more cuckoos around the wood than for twenty years.

News in April    7h April 2010

About 30 years ago, there were only a few primrose plants on a bank near the boundary of the old wood, which we dug up to preserve them from the diggers when the first track was made. We replanted when the track had settled. From these scanty plants, we now have two large groups, flowering beautifully now. There is a one other path-side plant on top of the hill and a new clump, which unaccountably appeared in the middle of the old wood, is just coming into flower. This year there are more primroses we have yet recorded.

Lesser celandines are abundant, their dark leaves making a velvety carpet which contrasts with their bright yellow flowers. Townhall clock is also in flower and there are carpets of this diminutive little plant. The first wood anemones are flowering well and showing a lot of pink on the outside of the flowers. They will be at their best in the second to third week of April. One group of daffodils has flowered but those by the gate are blind this year. A few precocious bluebells are in flower but the stupendous show which makes Hardings one of the best local bluebell sights will appear later in April to May depending on the weather.

The first migrants have come to Wigginton. A chiffchaff and a blackcap were heard during the first week of April. The native birds are now in good song.

Our leaflets are disappearing fast. We try to replenish it promptly but do let us know if you visit the wood and the leaflet box is empty.

Please let us know what you hear and see in Hardings Wood.

Site goes live   30th March 2010

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News in March 12th March 2010

March has brought a green sprinkling of bluebell foliage, This has been a long, cold winter and there are none of the early anemones or primroses that flowered precociously last year. The new primrose leaves are only beginning to show in the centre of the plants. The birds too are late and just starting to sing.

Last year the pond dried out for the first time in living memory but we can report that the water is nice and high and should be inviting to the frogs and toads.   

For the first time , three roe deer have spent their winter in Hardings Wood and it has been a joy to see this trio of elegant animals bounding gracefully among the trees.                                 

 Please let us know what you see on walks in the wood.....                                                                    


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Please be aware that Hardings Wood is an ancient wood and that some of the paths are steep. Visitors are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear, and to be aware of all natural hazards—slip, trip, low hanging branches, projecting roots, insects, for example. Take care and enjoy your visit.