April 2019 - The Heart of England Forest

Respect for the elder

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.

Can you clock a cuckoo?

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.

Hop to it to spot frogs and toads

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.

Elm – which is wych?

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.

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