woodland is probably one of the oldest in the area. The
main trees are Oak and Downy Birch with Holly and Ivy as
an undershrub. The wetter areas have Sallow. A carpet of
Bluebells extends through much of the area together with
Foxglove, Ground Ivy, Speedwells, Wood Sorrel and Violets
in the sunnier glades and Broad-leaved Helleborine alongside
the main track. The three main species of trees support
a wide variety of insects the more visible ones being butterflies
including the Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak and Purple
Hairstreak. The abundance of insects, bugs, mites and spiders
attracts resident and migrant birds. Chaffinch, Blackcap,
Chiff Chaff, Wren and Dunnock are present here together
with Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk and Tawny Owl.
Tits and Great Tits breed here in nesting boxes. They can
collect up to 7000 caterpillars for each brood indicating
that the woodland is indeed thriving with insect life. The
woodland floor would be cluttered with fallen trees if it
were not for decomposers such as bacteria and fungi and
an army of wood-boring beetles, millipedes and woodlice.
This underworld is also the niche for woodmice
which eat seeds, berries and fungi and an army of wood-boring
beetles, millipedes and woodlice. This 'underworld' is also
the niche for woodmice which eat seeds, berries and fungi.