History and wildlife at Old Wood near Skellingthorpe
Last week I had the opportunity to meet up with site manager James Jesson for a tour around Old Wood in Lincolnshire. Old Wood is next to Skellingthorpe and is a short drive from Lincoln. This is a popular wood with members of the local community; it’s easy to navigate walks appealing to families, dog walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is also a great destination for cyclists, a circular route within the wood links to the SUSTRANS national cycle network.
Old Wood is a beautiful ancient woodland and boasts a large number of native oak, lime and hazel trees and wildflowers including orchid, lily-of-the-valley and bluebell. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) owing to its historical importance as a habitat for butterflies. A variety of birds live at Old Wood, species found include great and lesser spotted woodpecker, nightingale, bullfinch and more. Birds of prey include buzzard, hobby and goshawk. You may be lucky enough to see a muntjac, roe or red deer patrolling the wood too.
James told me about the management work being carried out at the wood currently and showed me the coppice work that had been done. The first image shows the coppice work that happened last winter and the second image shows the same compartment in the summer with the coppice growth clearly visible.
Technically Old Wood is outside of the Central England region woodlands operation area and in the Northern region- but only just! Some of the volunteers who support us on sites in the north live in the central region and vice versa and this situation provides many potential opportunities for joint working between the two regions in the future. Already there are joint training sessions taking place at Belton Old School hall and all volunteers are invited to sign up. Why not head over to the events section of Whittle to find out more.
Well worth a visit to Old Wood!
Amanda Brookes – Volunteer Development Officer – Central region
As well as the wealth of wildlife species found here, the site is steeped in history. Click the link below to find out more!