If you enjoy fresh air and light exercise....

come and help us look after the Foxley Wood Nature Reserve located on the Purley/Kenley borders in Surrey.

The Friends of Foxley meet on the second Sunday of each month (except November when we meet on the third Sunday) and the last Wednesday of each month (except December).

Click the 'Work Days' link to the left to see the work we are planning in Foxley Wood this month and where we will meet.

All are welcome and any time you can give on the day will be most appreciated. Tools and equipment are provided, but please wear appropriate clothes and footwear and bring your own refreshments.

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Being a Friends of Foxley volunteer does not necessarily mean doing physical work, although such people are needed, recorders of wildlife and people with skills in fund raising, advertising, IT and liaising are equally vital to the group and the conservation of Foxley Wood. If you would like to become a member of the Friends of Foxley without any obligation please download our membership form.

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    • I noticed a small group of young Lime trees next to the substation on the right by the bend just after entering from Woodland Way. Difficult to tell the species of young trees in winter, not much easier in summer!. The bark is smooth, though much marked by the regular circles of diamond-shaped woodpecker holes, there was only one basal sprout, characteristic of Common Lime [Tilia x europaea], on the 4 trees. I was hoping they might be small-leaved lime [Tilia cordata], the more rare species, but the foliage now out tells a different story. According to Allan Mitchell, differentiation between the 3 species is all about the hairs on the underside of the leaves. Common Lime leaves are "glabrous {hairless} beneath except for small white or buff tufts in main {vein} axils", while the Small-leaved Lime is "often glaucous beneath with large buff or orange tufts in the vein axils" [this is beginning to sound like the Twix advert!]. However, the Large-leaved Lime [Tilia platyphyllos] leaves are "pubescent {downy hair} above, pale and densely pubescent on veins beneath....{the} petiole {is} pubescent". The hairs visible in the photos on the veins, petioles and upper surfaces of the leaves indicate they are most likely to be T. platyphyllos.
      Which species of Tilia [Lime]?
      I noticed a small group of young Lime trees next to the substation on the right by the bend just after entering from Woodland Way. Difficult to tell the species of young trees in winter, not much easier in summer!. The bark is smooth, though much marked by the regular circles of diamond-shaped woodpecker holes, there was only one basal sprout, characteristic of Common Lime [Tilia x europaea], on the 4 trees. I was hoping they might be small-leaved lime [Tilia cordata], the more rare species, but the foliage now out tells a different story. According to Allan Mitchell, differentiation between the 3 species is all about the hairs on the underside of the leaves. Common Lime leaves are "glabrous {hairless} beneath except for small white or buff tufts in main {vein} axils", while the Small-leaved Lime is "often glaucous beneath with large buff or orange tufts in the vein axils" [this is beginning to sound like the Twix advert!]. However, the Large-leaved Lime [Tilia platyphyllos] leaves are "pubescent {downy hair} above, pale and densely pubescent on veins beneath....{the} petiole {is} pubescent". The hairs visible in the photos on the veins, petioles and upper surfaces of the leaves indicate they are most likely to be T. platyphyllos.
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      Posted 8 months + 3 weeks ago
    • Female Orange Tip butterfly and Ichneumon fly - in a glade on the 'top path'
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      Posted 8 months + 3 weeks ago
    • Spring butterflies in Foxley
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      Posted 9 months + 2 weeks ago
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    • A happy, healthy and fruitful New Year to all Friends of Foxley Wood!151238351586387
      Posted 1 year ago