Rainbow Trail in the Woods

Get away from the hubbub.  Follow the Rainbow Scarves/ ribbons on trees (start on the main lawn – see map – please do not remove the ribbons!) to  explore the Woods and discover the magical folklore and natural history of trees along the way.  Look  out for the ancient oaks.  Self-guided and free.

Girl on the Halloween woodland trail

oak sign trail

There are also many other native trees such as birch, hazel, hawthorn and beech.

birch bark dersingham

birch trunk

Four of the woody plants you may find along the trail, in their autumn colours: top left birch, top right hawthorn, bottom left honeysuckle, bottom right oak

There are lots of fairy-sized moss patches in Bradmoor Woods (we think this is Mnium hornum or Swan’s Neck Thyme Moss)

Woodpeckers, deer, owls, foxes, hedgehogs, wood mice and badgers visit the woodlands and there are several species of bats.  Other birds include nuthatch, tree-creeper, goldcrest, and buzzards.

An ancient oak pollard – there is a line of these huge old trees along an old bank running through the woods

Also look out for the truly giant ivy in the woods – it must be very old to get this size.  Ivy is great for insects as it flowers late in the year

Bees on ivy flowers in October

In the autumn you may also find various fungi growing on the woodland floor or on dead and decaying wood.  All sorts of creatures eat these or use them for shelter.  They play a vital part in keeping the woods alive by recycling nutrients the trees depend on, so please leave them in place but take a close look to see what you can find.  Thank you !

pointy fungi

There are also other odd things in the woods !

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