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MENSTRIE WOOD

April and May 2008

All of you who walked in the wood during late April and early May must surely have been impressed with the stunning display of Bluebells and Wild Garlic carpeting the woodland floor. Those of you who found a secluded spot to sit quietly for a time would have soon been surrounded by the sounds and activities of the wood's birdlife. The resident pair of Buzzards appear to have reared at least one chick this year. Although the wood floor is a bit bare now with the all-too-sudden loss of the Bluebells and Wild Garlic there are other longer lasting flowers to be seen: Red Campion, Foxglove, Broom and (if you stray off the main paths) Violets, to mention only a few of the more readily found flower species in the wood. Recently, and close to the main paths, a number of different species of Bracket Fungus could be seen on the decaying trunks of fallen trees.

The newly resurfaced lower path has become very popular with walkers and with its extension over wooden board-walks, will soon reach the Toll Rocks and in time will run the full length of the wood. Very soon the woodland interpretation display boards will be erected near the old bridge encouraging more people to become interested in walking in the wood.

July 2008

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