February 2019 - The Heart of England Forest

Bee Flies: Masters of Disguise

What do you get when you cross a bee, a hummingbird, a mosquito, a narwhal and a fly? The answer: a bee fly. Yes, it’s a real insect, living right under our noses. But you may not know it when you see it…

Boost your health with a Forest walk

Medical professionals have long advocated that a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind, but there’s really no need to enrol in a fancy gym or shell out for an expensive rowing machine when a regular wander in the woodland can be just the right prescription!

Meet the ‘Venus of the Woods’

For the second article in a series focusing on the fascinating trees and shrubs that occur in the Forest, this month we discover more about one of the most important tree species in the Forest; the ‘Venus of the Woods’.

Hairstreak egg-citement

Have you ever seen a brown hairstreak? I mean the butterfly that is, and not the result of a close encounter with a seagull on your summer holidays! Very few people have; even devoted lepidopterists (a person who studies butterflies and moths) may go years without seeing one. For most people living in the Midlands, the brown hairstreak (Thecla betulae) is an exceptionally rare butterfly and is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species for conservation due to its continued decline.

More space for trees

The Heart of England Forest is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new parcels of land located at Arrow and Newnham, enabling the charity to continue to grow England’s largest new native broadleaf Forest.

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