What a fantastic kaleidoscope of changing colours the wood has given us over the past five weeks. All shades of yellows and browns and if you were walking on the hill above the north east end of the wood the brilliant russet brown of the beech trees just inside the boundary wall. The exceptionally dense leaf canopy this year has made for a spectacular leaf fall covering the lower and middle paths with a thick carpet of leaves.
What fun it is kicking your way through the leaves and trying to stay on the paths!
This is the time of year to look out for tree fruits and the many differing fungi. To find the latter you will have to wander well off the main paths and search among the old fallen timbers. The ash trees have produced a very heavy crop of fruit while the sycamore have produced very few. Quite the reverse of last year. The blackthorn have produced a heavy crop of "sloe" berries attracting the first of our winter visiting birds - Fieldfare - spotted recently near the Toll Rocks. It is very pleasing to note that our small herd of Roe deer and the pair of Buzzards are still in the wood as well as the many other species of wildlife that make it such a pleasure to walk in the wood.
"Well done!" to the small group of volunteers who cleaned and cleared the lower path recently.