Saturday, 12 April 2014

Society visit to West Wood, Thaxted. Saturday 12th of April 2014.

On an overcast afternoon 12 members of the society were given a guided tour of this Essex Wildlife Trust Reserve by the warden Mike Rowley.

Strict control of deer numbers has paid dividends with regard to the large number of wild spring flowers that we enjoyed during the afternoon.
                                                                    Wood anemones.
                                                                   Dog Violets.
                                                                 Early Purple Orchid.
Large areas of Ladies Smock.
                                            Common Twayblade in the pre-flowering stage.
The wood is largely Ash and Hazel coppice with Oak standards. A large number of conifers have been removed in recent years to allow the natural woodland to regenerate.
Newly coppiced areas are protected using tall chestnut fencing.

Unfortunately, Ash dieback disease is prevalent throughout the wood and is particularly attacking younger shoots.

A big Thank You to mike Rowley for a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon on this splendid EWT Reserve.