To explore the Heart of England Forest and really uncover some of its hidden secrets, there’s no better companion than one of the team that spends every day unearthing new delights.
We focus on the unassuming elder, which despite maintaining a low profile throughout much of the year, bursts into life in spring and fills the Forest with a glorious display of white flowers.
The gentle call of the cuckoo drifting across woodland, heralds the arrival of spring and visitors to the Heart of England Forest at this time of year have a strong prospect of hearing one.
With spring now upon us, the Heart of England Forest’s population of frogs and toads are at their most visible as they embrace breeding season. It is a great time to spot both, but you’ll have to look carefully as they are often well camouflaged and will keep very still unless disturbed.
Anyone of a certain age will recall a very different landscape across Britain – one blessed with the unmistakeable shape of towering English elm trees, swaying resolutely in the breeze, seemingly indestructible.