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’.
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.
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.
We are very sad to have received reports of sheep worrying in and around the Heart of England Forest in recent weeks. We love the fact that people enjoy using our Forest, and we welcome dogs and their responsible owners.
“Whether planting new saplings, or working with young established trees, it’s immensely fulfilling being a volunteer with the Heart of England Forest. You get to meet lots of interesting people, and the general working banter and chat with other volunteers makes for a wonderfully satisfying day.”
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.