The forest echoed with the sound of hundreds of pairs of feet recently when the second annual Heart of England Forest Marathon took to the pathways. And that echo will continue long into the future, as your forest was the ultimate winner, with the pledge of planting a further 1,000 trees as a result!
Thanks partly to their demonization at Halloween as hairy, scary little monsters, spiders often receive a bad press. Of course, that couldn’t be further from the truth and here at the Heart of England Forest we love them because they help us keep the insect population in check. In fact, we like them so much we’ve prepared our Spider Spotter’s Guide to five species that you might see as you wander through the woodland
Some of the scariest pests that threaten their wellbeing are also some of the smallest. A common pest is the caterpillar of the Tortrix roller moth, also known as the oak leaf roller, which can cause extensive damage to young oak trees.
As winter draws in, it’s time to spare a thought for some of the local wildlife, large and small, who will be looking for cosy boltholes during their toughest season. Of course, in the Heart of England Forest there are plenty of hideaways for a vast array of animals and insects, but everyone can play a part in helping to establish habitats in even the smallest back garden.
It’s no exaggeration to say that without some species of fungi there would be no trees or plants! Over 2,000 species of fungi have evolved to form a special relationship with roots that ensures they receive essential nutrients, especially phosphorus, to help trees and plants grow. In return, the fungi receive precious sugars from their partners above ground.