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Being a born and bred Boltonian, I enjoy nothing more than getting out into our surrounding countryside and exploring, particularly for signs of wildlife.
Russell Hedley has 23 items in their collection
First Northern Forest trees
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 16 March 2018, Tree planting, Our woods
The first trees of the Northern Forest have been planted at Smithills. To mark this momentous day, we invited a few special guests along to kickstart the project.
Smithills Estate protected
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 19 January 2018, Our woods
After two and a half years of managing Smithills, we can now announce successful purchase of the final third of the site.
Super year for Smithills
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 11 December 2017, Our woods, Volunteering
As we near the 100th member mark, we look back at how the Smithills Supporters Group have made the project is what it is today.
Heritage Lottery Fund success for Smithills
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 8 November 2017, Our woods
The Smithills Estate has been successful in our £1.9 million HLF bid. This will kick start a 20 year project on the estate that will aid the local economy, nature and visitor experience.
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 19 September 2017, Wildlife & nature
Spiders are one of the most feared creatures, especially at this time of year when they are at their biggest. Find out which species live at Smithills (Photo: WTML/ Laurie Campbell)
Bioblitz Wildlife Festival
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 18 August 2017, Our woods, Wildlife & nature
This year we held our second ever Smithills Bioblitz and Wildlife Festival. Did the sun shine long enough for us to beat last year’s total?
Running through Smithills
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 10 July 2017, Our woods, Things to see and do
Diverse countryside can make for the best outdoor experience, so why not combine it with exercise?
The history of Two Lads Cairn
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 28 June 2017, Our woods
It’s a landmark that can be seen from across Greater Manchester, but what is Two Lads Cairn, and what’s up with the name?
Citizen Science and Bioblitz: what are they?
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 11 May 2017, Wildlife & nature
Bioblitz events are the perfect way to help conserve your local wildlife. But what is a Bioblitz and how can you take part?
The future of Smithills: what other experts think of our project
Blog post By Russell Hedley, 12 March 2017, Our woods
As part of our HLF bid, we invited other key conservationist to demonstrate what the Smithills project is all about.