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MENSTRIE WOOD

Autumn 2009

What an exceptional riot of leaf colours we experienced in the wood during October!, no doubt enhanced with quite the most dense canopy the wood has enjoyed in recent years. As a consequence, there is now a very thick covering of fallen leaves carpeting the woodland floor. However, this introduces a further challenge of tree leaf identification. How many of the fallen leaves can you now identify? The number and types of tree leaves you can recognise over a given stretch of the woodland floor can give you a fair estimate of the distribution of the different types of trees to be found in the wood.

The very wet weather seems to have contributed to the increase in the variety of interesting fungi to be seen on the fallen timbers throughout the wood.

The wood's wildlife continues to thrive with sightings of the more unusual species being registered - the two Buzzards are still present in the northwest of the wood, but no sightings of young birds this year. The Great Spotted Woodpecker's "drumming" is still heard regularly, and a flock of Fieldfare was seen recently near the Toll Rocks. You cannot walk along the lower path these days without seeing at least one grey squirrel.


IS THERE A FORESTER IN THE VILLAGE ?
WE SEEK SOMEONE WHO COULD ADVISE US ON
THE HUSBANDRY OF THESE WONDERFUL VILLAGE WOODLANDS


December 2009

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