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MENSTRIE WOOD

Early Spring 2009

No matter where you are in the wood at this time of the year and despite the leafless state of the trees, green leaves can be seen everywhere. A great number of our mature trees are covered in evergreen ivy which greatly softens the rather stark nature of the wood in winter. As you walk through the wood at present brush aside the covering of dead leaves and you will see the green shoots of the emerging bluebells and wild garlic which in April and May will carpet the woodland floor with their spectacular covering of bright blue and white flowers. Venture on to the top path, near the wall and search for a few muddy areas of soft ground and you will see the tracks of our resident herd of Roe deer - three were seen in this area recently as well as sightings of the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creeper and a flock of Fieldfare - some of our more unusual bird life.

It is encouraging to note from the well defined state of the main paths that more of you are walking in the wood and enjoying this very special area of ancient woodland.

March 2009

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