Tightly interwoven into the history of Great Britain, the oak has played its part in our past more than any other native tree. At the Heart of England Forest the tradition of this strong native tree is being upheld, with both pedunculate and sessile oaks planted in large numbers.
One of the many surveys we’re undertaking this year is for the Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), an elusive and characterful wading bird that had previously been spotted on numerous occasions in the Forest.
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.