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A day out visiting Coventry’s woods June 2021

We met at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre and walked the short distance over to Piles Coppice. This is “open access land” and is a most interesting piece of ancient woodland. It is now under the management of the Nature Centre of WWT and it was a chance for us to see this wood in the original state as it has been for the last few hundred years.

Because of the lack of human intervention the trees and associated growth was quite unusual. A selection of ash, elm and oak were all thriving and were much taller than expected. Open patches of land were found with ferns and bracken which added to the interest and provided local wildlife with a valuable habitat. Forty species of birds, many moths and butterflies have been recorded in the wood together with deer, foxes and badgers.

We were fortunate to have a local expert, Ann Wilson, who gave us a comprehensive overview of the history and the value of the landscape.

Lunch was taken at Ryton Pools Country Park and the afternoon was spent exploring those woods. The emphasis here was on birds and animals.  Buzzards were spotted and photographed; a small frog was found but proved to be camera shy.

A very enjoyable day out, which after the restrictions of all the recent lockdowns was very welcome. The weather was ideal and we returned to car park tired but very contented. The ice creams from the café were most welcome!

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