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Door 18: It's a Wellie Wonderland in Lower Woods!

Posted: Sunday 18th December 2016 by Community

Lower Woods (c) Mike MartinLower Woods (c) Mike Martin

See the birds through the bare branches, and look out for mistletoe. But wrap up warm, and take a flask of hot tea or cocoa.

The Little River Avon is a completely natural river that meanders through Lower Woods. It’s been left to its own devices, and flows where it wants. Woodland creatures drink from the clear water, and on a frosty winter’s morning, you might see tracks in the mud by the edge of the water.

(c) David SlaterLower Woods is a muddy paradise, and you’ll need wellies at this point in the winter, but you’ll be rewarded by the sound of nuthatches ‘tweeping’ in the trees as they scoot up and down trunks and the woodpeckers drum drum drumming in the woods.

Badgers and foxes and deer abound, but they usually get out of the way of heavy-footed humans. Dormice live in the canopy, but by now should be snuggled down to sleep. Still, you might find the remains of hazelnuts that they’ve nibbled, as they built up fat for the winter.

Make sure you take your own supplies, as you’re a long way from civilisation – part of this ancient woodlands appeal – and a cup of coffee can be welcome after a long walk in the woods.


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