Get away from the hubbub. Follow the Rainbow 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 (children should be accompanied by adults).
At the end of the trail you will find The Fairy King and Queen resting in their beautiful tent. They will be delighted to see you.
Please note this trail takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete and that the Fairy Queen tent will close at 3.30 pm.
There are also many other native trees such as birch, hazel, hawthorn and beech.
There are lots of fairy-sized moss patches in Bradmoor Woods (we think this is Mnium hornum or Swan’s Neck Thyme Moss)
A Hoverfly on Hawthorn blossom by the main lawn
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
A huge of old ivy climbing up an oak – the ivy does not damage the tree but is home to a lot of wildlife.