If you go down to the woods today

This will be the third month I have been writing a short paragraph for my local Parish council website promoting our village woodland.

The wood is owned by the Council but managed by the local community.

The woodland covers 24 acres and has a huge variety of species. The wood is mainly a Broadleaved woodland include oak and ash. Parts of the wood are noted as ancient woodland and this time of year has it has an amazing display of Bluebells.

Over the past couple of years various surveys have been conducted on bats, small mammals, moths and butterflies, insects, plants, fungi, as well as a continuing monthly bird survey. It has been really interesting being involved in a lot of these surveys.

It is a fantastic piece of woodland which I enjoy watching change throughout the seasons.

May 2017

If you go down to the woods today………

As the Bluebells just pass their peak, other woodland flowers are starting to appear amongst the carpet of purple. Adults birds are busy feeding their demanding chicks and can be spotted carrying caterpillars and other insects in to nests. More varieties of butterflies can now be seen in the open areas.



Blue tit exiting nest


Long tailed tit with caterpillar



Red Admiral


I started to think about a few things I will be doing for this years 30 Days Wild as I wrote this article. I’m looking forward to trying out a few new things.


You can find out more about doing your own 30 Days Wild here



About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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