Penhale Woodland - Heysham

This site is a small woodland adjacent to sheltered accommodation, owned by Lancaster City Council. We have helped to manage the wood for both wildlife and the people who live there, for a number of years. The wood is small but with lots of diversity and a circular path which allows access for the residents. Small scale woodland management with the additional planting of wildflowers has enhanced the whole site. We are now offering to put up any bird or bat boxes that the locals are hoping to make, along with some railings to assist those who are less mobile to gain access to the woodland. This is a much loved site and we always feel greatly appreciated by the residents.

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Since our last visit much vegetation had sprung up again so we cleared away mostly brambles and nettles to make sure the paths were accessible and the small roadside 'cliff face' visible.  

We had paid an autumn visit to Penhale last year to remove a fallen tree and clear some brambles and bracken from the area above the 'cliff' to make room for some new trees.  We also pruned some vegetation to clear the paths.  What did we find under the beech tree?  Earthstar puffballs (Geastrum triplex).  See the three in the last picture below.  Very strange-looking!  Never seen them before.  

Roots aplenty!

Roots aplenty!

Where are the new trees?

Where are the new trees?

Here's one of them!

Here's one of them!

Keep on planting

Keep on planting

Huge habitat pile

Huge habitat pile

Beech & leaf litter

Beech & leaf litter

Earthstars under beech

Earthstars under beech

Autumn scene

Autumn scene

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