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’.
In a new series, we are highlighting some of the fascinating native species that grow across the Heart of England Forest and looking at each in a little more detail. First up is the unassuming hawthorn, perhaps one of the most under-appreciated members of the Forest family.
Sitting by a roaring fire with hot cup of tea while winds rage and rain lashes down outside can leave one feeling cosy and snug, but it’s easy to forget that in the open air the local wildlife is engaged in a constant battle just to survive as the seasonal temperatures hit glacial lows.
It is well known that wildlife has an extraordinary ability to survive some of the harshest of conditions, but not all species are prepared to battle the winter elements. When the going gets tough, the tough sometimes go to sleep!
There’s no doubt the summer of 2018 will be remembered as one of the hottest and driest in living memory, with average temperatures over the peak period hitting 15.8°C – a pinch over the previous record of the mythical summer of 1976, when they averaged 15.77°C. While we humans sweltered, Mother Nature took it all in her stride, but wherever there are temperature extremes, there will be winners and losers.