Grubbins Wood Nature Reserve

Grubbins Wood gothisplace.comGrubbins Wood is a mix of yew and mixed broadleaved woodland with a bit of grassland. In the broadleaved section are oak, ash, small-leaved lime, and whitebeam (on the limestone cliffs).

Due to the dense shade of the many trees not much grows beneath them but ferns. These include hart}s tongue fern, hard shield fern, hard fern, lady fern and broad buckler fern. Hellebore, lily of the valley and herb Paris also grow on the reserve. In the grassland area known as Pickles Meadow are knapweed, betony and common spotted orchid while Sands Field plays host to butterfly orchid and adder}s-tongue fern.

Green Woodpecker by Nigel PyeRed wood ants like the woodland and the green spotted woodpecker likes them for a meal. Other birds found here are the green woodpecker, marsh tit, bullfinch, blackcap and tawny owl. Thrush like the yew berries that arrive in the autumn. Grey squirrels and roe deer can be spotted along with the numerous rabbits in Sands Field.

Map Reference:
OS 1:50,000
Sheet No 97
SD 445 780
Open to members. Non-members must have a permit—tel. 01539 816 300 for details.
Park car on Arnside promenade and walk south-west for 1km along the waterside to the boat club. The reserve is just past it.The Footpath Below Grubbins Wood by Karl and Ali

Photos courtesy of gothisplace , Nigel Pye , Karl and Ali .

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