This ancient woodland is the last fragment of the many woods of Cockfield, referred to in the Hundred Rolls of 1279. In spring rare oxslips carpet parts of the woodland floor. Early-purple orchid are abundant here and you’ll see spurge-laurel, wood anemone and herb-paris – all uncommon plants associated with ancient woodland.
Birds include chiffchaff, treecreeper, tawny owl, marsh and long-tailed tit. Many of the rides have been widened to create sunny, grassy glades enjoyed by butterflies such as speckeld wood, gatekeeper and orange tip.
The wood’s long history of coppicing is being continued by local volunteers. This traditional method of harvesting wood creates a mosaic of wildlife habitats and encourages the spectacular show of spring flowers. The coppiced trees are mostly ash, hazel and field maple while the oaks are normally left to mature into standard trees.
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