R2. Enter the wood.


In spring the wood is alive with wildflowers, dainty white wood anemones are followed by a blankets of bluebells, whose scent hangs heavy in the air. To the right of the path are a few small Spindle trees. These have small, quaint, green flowers in early summer followed by curious pink and orange berries. Spindle wood is hard and tough and was formerly used for making spindles, knitting needles and skewers.

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.

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

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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