Thursday, 30 June 2011

Escape to the woods

I've had a busy few days at work so yesterday I managed a walk around my favourite local woodland to unwind.

Its an interesting site, an old sandstone quarry full of mainly native broadleaved trees and a healthy understory of holly and hazel.

Beech hanging on to the edges

Quite a few game trails...

leading to this warren within an old sweet chestnut stump.

Plenty of healthy Sweet Chestnut too, look forward to roasting some up again later in the year.

Possible blusher, hard to ID as it had been raining  heavily 2 nights ago. Couldn't make out some of the features on the ring and stem base. I'll leave well alone though in case its the Panther Cap.

One of the largest and healthiest Birch trees I have seen since studying trees. See the Bracken for scale. 
A True lady of the Woods

The bracken has shot up recently. Changes the appearance of the whole area.