Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Plants in woodland. Ancient woodland

Our woodland and meadows:-
11.5.2014
Speedwell at "Moonbeam" pitch


28.1.2014


 1.7.2013
Scarlet Pimpernel at "Axis" pitch

Wild mustard

Wild strawberries

Grasses




28.6.2013
Purple clover

Queen Anne lace



Yellow vetch

17.6.2013
Wood Avens


11.6.2013
Orchid and buttercup
Speedwell and purple vetch


Clover, stitchwort and horsetail

10.5.13 

 Wild whitecurrants


Emerging Ferns

Primroses at shack



Leopardsbane


Bluebells


Forget me not (mysotis)
Lesser celandines
Fernscomfrey


Apparently there are a few ways to tell if woodland is ancient,:-

1. If it is shown on early maps,

2.If it is irregular shape and not a rectangle as with modern tree planting because it is easier to fence.

3.Woodland on slopes was not easy to clear or farm, so it got left where it was.

4.Native primroses are paler yellow and native bluebells hang to one side.

5. Existence of ancient hollow way (an old track pasing through the middle of the wood.)

All of the above are evident in the valley of what is called "Hidden valley" on old local maps.


yellow archangel




scarlet pimpernel at entrance to "Hoot"

Primroses on the valley embankment.


Orange hawkbit at "Hawk"  near "Aero"


3 kinds of orchid:-
Early spotted, common spotted pyramid?


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tents and pitches.

 Sent 23.1.2014 by camper on pitch "Rising Sun" on a previous visit.


29.8.2013







Selected tent and pitch  17.8.2013


Pitch "Burn"







The only kind of camper van that we have space for-
take a closer look.




22.6.2013 tents
J. Way


Bobtail


Strawberry Fields
video

Pitch "Bulbs" with 8 man tent
Poppies sprang up this year after cleaning up some scrap
metal that had been dumped before we owned the woodland.
This pitch is called "Bulbs"
Once the bluebells die back, it is available for camping.

Pitch "Tilt"

"Nest" 24.5.2013




Some of the pitches and tents 18.5.2013











 Nest


Rag


 Tag 
2012



and Bobtail



Also the start of  a new pitch or two
by rotivating and raking  an area
that has had new drainage put in over the winter.