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Wood anemone

​Wood anemone

As a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) the woodland at Spring Park is recognised as an area with a high value for nature conservation.

The ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells, wood anemone and yellow archangel can best be described in three parts.

Above the spring line at the top of the slope is predominantly oak woodland. The seasonal ditches running through the woodland add significantly to the diversity of the site.

Sweet chestnut coppice

​Sweet chestnut coppice

Secondly, in small pockets along this spring line is alder woodland, an indication of the seasonally wet ground.

Lastly, sweet chestnut coppice occurs in patches throughout the woodland. In these areas coppicing was reintroduced in 1985, encouraging the understorey to become more diverse. There is also a small but thriving population of small-leaved lime throughout most of the woodland, particularly marking old boundary lines.

Scrub is a key component of the woodland edge and provides a link between the trees and the open meadow, offering "bed and breakfast" for a wide variety of birds.

Two main hedgerows, created using a diverse range of native woody shrubs, also give wildlife a corridor along which to travel and find home in.​

Azure damselflies

​Azure damselflies, Fred O'Hare​

In contrast to the woodland, you can enjoy a pretty array of flora in the meadow where meadow browns and ringlets can be seen flitting amongst the grasses and flowers during the summer months.

Dragonflies can be seen catching flying insects over the pond on the woodland edge, adding another aspect to the diversity of this interesting site.​

Published:
13 March 2012
Last Modified:
01 May 2014

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