Wood – we became
custodians of Crow Wood in July 2005. It is a 6.5 acre plot at the south
east corner of Old Park wood. The underlying soil is very acidic and sandy.
It does not drain well and ponds form in winter. About 4 acres is old sweet
chestnut coppice with a small number of standard oaks. The size of the
chestnut stumps suggest that they may be about 150 years old. 1.5 acres are
Scots pine and the remainder is a small plantation of Corsican Pine. There
is a fine Coast Cedar near the southern track, which we call Big Red. Where
the wood is more open, Silver Birch and heather are quick to grow and maybe
Crow wood was formerly heathland or wood pasture.
there are good areas of Bluebells, with Wood Anemone and Wood Sorrel too.
Common Spotted Orchid and
Heath Spotted Orchid are present in small
numbers. In summer Spotted Flycatchers and Turtle Dove visit the wood and
Buzzards are often overhead. White Admiral and Silver Washed Fritillery
butterflies, and Pipistrelle bats can be seen along the sunnier rides. In
winter Tawny Owls and Woodcock roost in the pines and several varieties of
edible fungi can be found. We have seen Roe Deer and Stoats a couple of
times and Badger digs are common.
objective is to enhance the wood for wildlife by reintroducing a coppicing
cycle, creating open glades and rides, and by thinning the dense conifers.
We have put up a number of nestboxes, funded from the sale of our own
charcoal and cordwood, and in some areas we have planted Rowan and Hazel to
broaden the range of trees species present and enhance biodiversity. We also
use the wood to enjoy ourselves and to get together with friends and
family……….its a place we like to share as much as we can.