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Peplers in Rye · 20h ago

Fallow Buck in the Woods

I'm not sure who was most surprised at this meeting, the Fallow Buck or me... He didn't seem to see me at first, giving me time to get my phone out and take this video:Meanwhile the area cle...
Peplers in Rye · 1W ago

Storm damage and the start of this season's coppicing

We've had some windy weather over the past week, and a branch fell from quite high in an oak tree, damaging another branch on the way down. Having removed the one that fell, the damaged one ...
Peplers in Rye · 3M ago

Camping in the woods - zip line and a new way to open a wine bottle

June was a busy month for work at Ashden, but towards the end things calmed down, and I had several friends from the office come down for a weekend camping.We actually cooked dinner for 14 i...
Peplers in Rye · 4M ago

Trailcam video: Deer, Badger, and Fox in the woods

We've got a new trail cam! Here's some video from the first week or so of its use in the woods, showing a deer, badger and fox:Apart from a few social visits, we've not been doing much in th...
Peplers in Rye · 6M ago

First Bluebell in the woods!

We found our first Bluebell of this Spring in the woods yesterday!The Wood Anemones are looking great as well now:And in one of the dens Tracy's class built back in the autumn, the flowers h...
Peplers in Rye · 7M ago

Felling oak trees and signs of Spring

I've been busy with work the past couple of months, but am now back in the woods more often, and there are clear signs of Spring in the wood at last - the Wood Anemones are back :-)My friend...
Peplers in Rye · 9M ago

Winter sunrise at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

With the coppicing completed for the winter, there's time for other things, like enjoying a frosty sunrise at Rye Harbour while waiting for my car to get it's MOT done. Here's a few photos, ...
Peplers in Rye · 9M ago

Coppicing completed and Christmas lunch in the woods

Well, the winter's work in the woods is now done! Just for fun, I put my GoPro camera up one of the last few trees to be felled:The final few days of coppicing in 2016 including some pretty ...
Peplers in Rye · 10M ago

Frosty days and splitting wood the Norwegian way

It's been frosty in the wood recently! This created an opportunity for a photos... There's a few below, and you can view more here. I've changed the way I split logs now - I used to start th...
Peplers in Rye · 10M ago

Autumn leaves, buzzards overhead and some Christmas gifts from the woods

Autumn is shifting towards winter in the woods, but there's some lovely sights right now, such as this carpet of leaves:The regrowth in the area we cut a year ago is still hanging on to a fe...