Warnham Nature Reserve Open Day a photograph of our stand at Warnham's Nature Reserve Open Day - an excellent event for everyone who attended  and a great opportunity for us to share issues and projects with other volunteer groups and the Friend's of Warnham Nature Reserve too. Warnham 2013

What's new on our website? We've lots more information coming along in the next few months so do take a look at our two new pages one dedicated to Monkmead Wood's trees and the other to its wild flowers.  Each season we'll be updating these Yellow Termentilpages with new photographs together with information relating to a particular species, for example which animals and insects call it home and what pests and diseases it is up against.  We'll also  continue to keep you up to date with the great work that MWVG continue to do on site to help to protect these species.

We will also share our tips on tree identification so if you're not sure of you Alder from your Hazel or BogPimpernel Anagallis-EDIT2your 'pendula' from your 'pubescens' then do take a look at our Woodland Tree page on this site for all the helpful tips.

Also, if you want to know what this flower is (left) and this one (below right) then plase take a look at our Woodland Flower tab on this site.

Of course we'll still keep you informed of our other work in the woodland and later in the year we will update our Heathland Restoration pages with any new discoveries that we find.


 Have you found anything interesting or unusual ?Wood Ant worker

Or perhaps seen anything that might be of interest to people in the village and surrounding areas ? Let us know and we'll try to find a place here on the site so others can find out what's going on 'around our patch'. (Photo right Worker Wood Ant).

Please telephone Amanda (West Chiltington Tree Warden) on (01798) 813229 or drop us a line by e-mail at info@monkmeadwoods.co.uk


How do trees drink?
Trees are an intrinsic part of our countryside - they inspire us, provide us with valuable
oxygen, punctuate our countryside with texture and colour, they provide shade
for us and our animals and contribute to our economy.
When we think about trees 'drinking'  it's difficult to imagine but, like us, trees do react to things such as temperature changes, sunlight and even smells and do infact need to drink water, (well,  when I say drink it's not in the same way that we do of course) and like us trees require a steady flow of nutrients in order to survive.

Trees may not have any capability of  movement which enables them to shuffle over to the nearest stream to drink but beneath that knarled bark exterior they've evolved an
ingenious way of making the most out of the processes that take place beneath their exterior.  Namely, Transpiration.  This process works in conjunction
with the tree's need for water which literally enables it to 'drink'.  

Transpiration keeps trees cool in the summer and this process basically involves the evaporation of water from the trees leaves via tiny pores on their underside called stomata.
Hot summer temperatures or strong winds trigger the amount of water that evaporates from these tiny pores - the tree
itself can open or close these pores at will at regular intervals to release gasses.

As Transpiration takes place via the leaves in the canopy then this initiates water literally being 'drawn' up from the trees roots deep in the soil to the tips of its leaves to regulate moisture levels within the tree.