'Badger's Patch' is the area of countryside on a radius of the author's home town. It includes the Stort Valley and its tributaries as well as several nature reserves and sites of natural history interest. The area is also covered by the Bishops Stortford Natural History Society- hence bsnhsdiary!
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.
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.
dieback disease is prevalent throughout the wood and is particularly attacking
A big Thank You to mike Rowley for a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon on this splendid EWT Reserve.