The Friends of Sharphill Wood is a group which undertakes a range of activities to keep Sharphill Wood in a good condition for visitors and wildlife.
These include tree and hedgerow planting, footpath and nest box maintenance, controlling litter etc. For example this winter they have already planted some 650 whips (young saplings), mostly along the western boundary of the wood. Work parties are held on the 4th Sunday of each month and new volunteers are most welcome.
In a new development there are now 8 bat boxes installed. It is hoped that the local bats will roost in these. Two types of box – crevice and hollow (cavity) have been chosen. The crevice type is favoured by pipistrelle bats (though other species will also use them) which may roost singularly or in small clusters, whereas the cavity boxes are designed to support larger clusters of bats and appear to attract a wider range of species. The boxes will be monitored by licensed experts, who will be able to identify the species present in the wood.