Dorothy Farrers Spring Wood Nature Reserve

Dorothy Farrers Spring Wood by Derek Harper GeographThis reserve is a coppiced oak wood which has been worked for a number of centuries. There are three different woodland enclosures in the reserve. Other trees that are found here are elm, ash and hazel in the thick soils and alder along the stream sides.

Flowers include daffodils, bluebells, wood anemone, and ramsons in the spring. Summer sees foxgloves in bloom. Mosses and liverworts can be spotted especially in the High Wood section.Dorothy Farrer Woods by Andy Whitehouse Lake District Photography

Fungi grow amongst the coppiced areas of the woods. Black bulgur likes oak. Another type that can be spotted is polypore, a bracket fungus with stripes. Rotten tree stumps are home to honey fungus and sulphur tuft. Green wood cup and candle snuff are two more varieties in the reserve.

Buzzard by Cornwall CamSmall mammals in the reserve consist of hare, fox, wood mouse, and grey squirrel. Birds include blackcap and garden warbler as well as woodpecker, pied flycatcher and redstart. Tawny owls and buzzards also make homes here.

Map Reference: OS 1:50,000
Sheet No 97 SD 482 984
Open to members and non-members
From Staveley take the Kentmere Rd; at the paper factory go right over the bridge for 1km. Park in lay-by and go public footpath to entrance.

Photos courtesy of © Derek Harper , Andy Whitehouse , Charles Winpenny .

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