Ranger's notebook - Wooded Combes

Ranger's notebook. Section 2. Wooded Combes

  • Deep valleys cut into the hills by streams. Sheltered.
  • Ancient woodland: sessile oaks, and also hazel, maple, holly, ash, sallow, alder.(Used to be coppiced, for charcoal, and for leather tanning). Look out for huge old oak trees (veterans) and the famous whortleberry. Sometimes very moist and shady, ideal for ferns, lichen + moss.
  • Dead wood - great for insects, nesting birds, fungi and bats.
  • Wooded combes meeting heathland.

The Wooded Combes are Special Areas of Conservation because they're beautiful and old.. (like me? Maybe not)