The Spinney

The Spinney was originally planted in the early twentieth century as a willow coppice. It provides deep shade and cover for a wide variety of flora (bluebells, yellow celandines, wood anemones) and animals (tawny owls and great spotted woodpeckers). Old decaying timber, branches and boughs which have been blown down during high winds, provide habitats for a range of bugs and beasties, namely millipedes, centipedes, beetles and wood lice. These, in turn, provide food for the shade loving toads which migrate to the Mill Pond annually for breeding.

Throughout the year the Spinney is home to a large Rookery.  Here over thirty nests provide an ideal nesting site for these noisy and argumentative birds.   Monitoring the number of nests on an annual basis is an important task for the Wildlife Group.

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