The Animals in the Wood

If you look underneath the hazel thickets at the right time of the year, you will find many discarded hazelnut fragments. This tells us that lots of small creatures feast here.

The many nuts that have been split in two indicate that grey squirrels have been busy. They are by far the most prolific nibblers. But nuts that have been more daintily eaten tell us that voles and wood mice have also taken advantage of this bounty.

Foxes also dwell here. A strong musky smell often betrays their presence.

Wren

Small birds such as finches, titmice, warblers, robins, wrens, blackbirds and dunnocks dwell here. These birds are familiar in our gardens, but they were originally woodland creatures. Our garden trees and shrubs are evidently to their liking.

Larger birds such as magpie, wood pigeon and green woodpeckers also use the wood. Little owls and tawny owls have been reported here. A pair of sparrowhawks also find the wood to their liking, taking their food from the flocks of smaller birds that inhabit the area.

These animals can travel back and forth along the new plantations, the woodland ride and the hedgerows that cross the nearby fields - areas such as these are known as wildlife corridors.