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A walk around Gobions Wood in the snow

Photograph of Gobions Wood and Gobions Pond taken in the snow on March 1, 2018. Image by David Brewer and released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0.


For those who were unable to get out and walk in the snow, here are some pictures taken in Gobions Wood and at Gobions Pond on Thursday, 1 March, 2018.

Butterflies recorded in Gobions Wood in 1998 and 1999

Photograph of a gatekeeper butterflies spotted in Gobions Wood. Image by David Brewer released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

In 1998, five local women spent an hour a week from April 22 to September 18 walking through Gobions Wood recording the butterflies they saw. Their work resulted in a detailed report which was submitted to the National Millennium Butterfly Atlas Survey. A year later they did it all over again.

Shrubs and trees recorded in Gobions Wood in 1998

Photograph of Image of a flowering hornbeam by Amada44 released on Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0
A flowering hornbeam by Amada44 released on Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0

This report, first published on The Brookmans Park Newsletter in August 2002, features 49 species of flowering herbs and shrubs (flowers, bushes and trees) seen during a short survey from Gobions Open Space car park through Gobions Woodland and back in April 2002. Illustrations have been added to the text submitted by Brenda Harold's WEA class, which carried out the survey. This page deals with the trees and shrubs. We have another page showing the herbs seen during the same survey.

Herbs recorded in Gobions Wood in 1998

Photograph of cowslip by Matt Brown released under Creative Commons BY-2.0
Photograph of cowslip by Matt Brown released under Creative Commons BY-2.0

This report, first published on The Brookmans Park Newsletter in August 2002, features 49 species of flowering herbs and shrubs (flowers, bushes and trees) seen during a short survey from Gobions Open Space car park through Gobions Woodland and back in April 2002. Illustrations have been added to the text submitted by Brenda Harold's WEA class, which carried out the survey. This page deals with the herbs. We have another page showing the trees and shrubs seen during the same survey.

Fungi recorded in Gobions Wood in 1998

Photograph of amanita muscaria fungi in Gobions Wood. Image by David Brewer released under Creative Commons
Amanita muscaria fungi in Gobions Wood
Image by David Brewer released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Gobions Wood is one of the best sites in Hertfordshire for fungi, according to the late Michael Jonas, one of the trustees responsible for the former Gobions Woodland Trust. But, in his report published in 1998 he wrote: "because some fungi are poisonous for humans to eat and perhaps also because they seem to appear overnight, they receive a bad press." We have preserved his report along with images of the species of fungi to be found in Gobions Wood.

North Mymms bird records

Photograph of a red kite (milvus milvus) by Noel Reynolds released under Creative Commons 2.0

The following information about bird numbers in and around Brookmans Park has been researched and produced by local ornithologist Rupert Pyrah. The information was first published in the now closed environment section of The Brookmans Park Newsletter. The material is being archived on this site.

Changes to The Brookmans Park Newsletter

Screen grab of The Brookmans Park Newsletter taken on Tuesday 27 February 2018

After 20 years attempting to serve the local online community, the Brookmans Park Newsletter is changing. The history section has moved to The North Mymms History Project, and the site's walks section to Hertfordshire Walker. Any news stories will be updated on this site, North Mymms News, and reflected on the main site.