R2. Enter the wood.


As you enter the woodland in Greenhill Way note the large Ash to the right with grey bark and distinctive purple flowers bursting from the buds. 

The area to the right of the path was thinned by the FSW in 2015. We cleared some of the Sycamore (an invasive and non-native tree) to let in more light and encourage biodiversity. Showing more clearly now in that area are several Larch. Larch is a conifer with small cones that can be found around the base and reddish deeply grooved bark. Larch is the only conifer found in Britain that is not evergreen - it sheds its needles each autumn and is now beginning to develop fresh green foliage.

Birds can be hard to spot but are easy to hear. Listen for the rattle of the Greater Spotted Woodpecker often heard in this section of the wood.

Woodland flowers to look out for the Wood Anemones which form a striking white carpet in some parts of the wood, soon to be replaced by a blue one as the Bluebells come into flower. Keep a look out for early Bluebells although the blue flowers along the path edges at this time are more likely to be Dog Violets which are widespread throughout the wood. Other wildflowers to look for are the yellow Celandines.

Continue straight on at the cross track. At the fork there is a bench.   Bear left to emerge into a field, David's Crook. 

On the opposite side of the field is a hedge of Blackthorn strikingly covered with white blossom. When you get close look for the thorns which distinguish it from the Bullace.

In this field look out for soaring Buzzards up high and other more common birds such as Crows and Magpies which may be seen “gardening” here. On sunny days, you may see butterflies such as the yellow Brimstone, orange Comma with its shaggy edged wings or Peacocks with the unmistakable eye-spot markings on the wings.

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