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.
There are few sights guaranteed to make the heart sing more sweetly than a vibrant blanket of bluebells stretching across a woodland floor.
It is perhaps understandable that the blackthorn has such a mixed reputation, as its face changes markedly throughout the year. As spring approaches, the blackthorn’s branches are briefly swathed in a dense covering of the most vibrant white blossom, giving it a joyous and benevolent facade. The winter sees its leaves turn yellow and fall off, leaving a stark and twisted black skeleton exposed.
When her school gave her a spare afternoon a week for work experience, 17-year-old Katie Hillier headed straight to the forest…
‘On Wednesday afternoons, my school allows us to do work experience. I’m interested in biology and conservation and I wanted to do something a bit different.
Amazingly, last year the chances of spotting a kestrel, or even an owl, were higher than ever before on both the Dorsington and Spernal estates in the Heart of England Forest.
After a mild winter, and with a thriving vole population to keep hungry chicks happy, mid-year reports came in of early laying tawny and barn owls.