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“Chaddesley Woods In Winter” (c) Mervyn Needham

Chaddesley   Woods   were   probably   mentioned   in   the   Domesday   Book   as   the   ‘wood   of   two   leagues’   and   we   think that   parts   of   the   site   were   wooded   since   the   Ice   Age   6-10,000   years   ago.      The   presence   of   ancient   woodland indicator   species   support   this   –   flowers   such   as   yellow   archangel,   herb   Paris   and   dog’s   mercury   and   trees   like small-leaved lime and wild service trees. Visitors   to   the   eastern   half   of   the   nature   reserve   will   find   themselves   in   ancient   woodland   that   is   predominantly mature   oak   with   hazel   coppice.      The   understorey   also   contains   holly,   rowan   and   other   berry-bearing   shrubs   which are   popular   with   winter   thrushes   such   as   fieldfares.      Midland   hawthorn   also   thrives   here   –   a   rare   shrub   which   is identified by the two seeds in its berries as opposed to the normal one. This   part   of   the   wood   is   managed   to   provide   a   range   of   habitats.      Open   glades   are   important   for   invertebrates   and encourage   shrubby   growth   which   provides   nesting   cover   for   birds.      Some   old   and   dead   oaks   are   retained   for   hole- nesting   birds,   fungi   and   invertebrates.      At   the   right   time   of   year   the   wood   is   full   of   birdsong   and   lucky   visitors   may catch a glimpse of the elusive woodcock. There   are   also   two   areas   of   meadow   in   this   part   of   the   reserve,   although   these   are   only   accessible   on   special   open days.      Both   Hockley   Meadow   and   Black   Meadow    are   old   pastures   with   notable   wildflowers   such   as   knapweed, dyer’s   greenweed,   pepper   saxifrage   and   adder’s-tongue   fern.      The   meadows   are   grazed   to   maintain   their   floral interest. By   contrast,   the   western   half   of   the   reserve   is   a   largely   planted   woodland   of   broad-leaved   species   and   extensive areas   of   conifer.      The   conifers   –   Scots   and   Corsican   pine,   European   and   Japanese   larch,   Norway   spruce,   grand   fir and   western   red   cedar   –   wouldn’t   normally   grow   here   and   are   gradually   being   clearing   and   replaced   with   native hardwoods   that   are   more   suitable   to   the   local   geology   and   attract   summer   migrants   like   chiffchaff   and   blackcap.     Crossbills   sometimes   breed   in   the   conifer   plantations   –   their   unusual   beak   structure   of   crossed   tips   allows   them   to feed on the seeds. A   Worcestershire   speciality,   land   caddis,   occurs   at   Chaddesley   Woods.      A   national   rarity,   this   is   the   only   one   of almost   two   hundred   species   of   caddis   fly   that   spends   its   entire   life-cycle   on   land.      It   burrows   in   leaf   litter   and   adults only live for a couple of weeks in autumn. Chaddesley Woods National Nature Reserve is open to walkers and nature enthusiasts all year round. Location: 1.1/2 miles north of Woodcote Green, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. DY10 4NX Map reference: SO 915 736
Our   photograph   was   taken   by   Mervyn   Needham ,   a   well-known   Chaddesley   character,   who   is   most   knowledgeable about the woods and assists with the working parties who maintain the woodlands. Mervyn   is   the   proprietor   of   ‘Chaddesley   Growers’,   who   cultivate   fruits   for   the   PYO   market   and   flowers   for      sale through The Flower Shop.
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Chaddesley Corbett Worcestershire U.K.
Welcome to this historic village set in the beautiful countryside of north Worcestershire

“Chaddesley Woods In Winter” (c) Mervyn Needham

Chaddesley   Woods   were   probably   mentioned   in   the   Domesday   Book   as the   ‘wood   of   two   leagues’   and   we   think   that   parts   of   the   site   were   wooded since   the   Ice   Age   6-10,000   years   ago.      The   presence   of   ancient   woodland indicator   species   support   this   –   flowers   such   as   yellow   archangel,   herb Paris   and   dog’s   mercury   and   trees   like   small-leaved   lime   and   wild   service trees. Visitors   to   the   eastern   half   of   the   nature   reserve   will   find   themselves   in ancient   woodland   that   is   predominantly   mature   oak   with   hazel   coppice.     The    understorey    also    contains    holly,    rowan    and    other    berry-bearing shrubs   which   are   popular   with   winter   thrushes   such   as   fieldfares.      Midland hawthorn   also   thrives   here   –   a   rare   shrub   which   is   identified   by   the   two seeds in its berries as opposed to the normal one. This   part   of   the   wood   is   managed   to   provide   a   range   of   habitats.      Open glades    are    important    for    invertebrates    and    encourage    shrubby    growth which   provides   nesting   cover   for   birds.      Some   old   and   dead   oaks   are retained   for   hole-nesting   birds,   fungi   and   invertebrates.      At   the   right   time of   year   the   wood   is   full   of   birdsong   and   lucky   visitors   may   catch   a   glimpse of the elusive woodcock. There   are   also   two   areas   of   meadow   in   this   part   of   the   reserve,   although these   are   only   accessible   on   special   open   days.      Both   Hockley   Meadow and   Black   Meadow    are   old   pastures   with   notable   wildflowers   such   as knapweed,   dyer’s   greenweed,   pepper   saxifrage   and   adder’s-tongue   fern.     The meadows are grazed to maintain their floral interest. By   contrast,   the   western   half   of   the   reserve   is   a   largely   planted   woodland of   broad-leaved   species   and   extensive   areas   of   conifer.      The   conifers   Scots   and   Corsican   pine,   European   and   Japanese   larch,   Norway   spruce, grand   fir   and   western   red   cedar   –   wouldn’t   normally   grow   here   and   are gradually    being    clearing    and    replaced    with    native    hardwoods    that    are more    suitable    to    the    local    geology    and    attract    summer    migrants    like chiffchaff    and    blackcap.        Crossbills    sometimes    breed    in    the    conifer plantations   –   their   unusual   beak   structure   of   crossed   tips   allows   them   to feed on the seeds. A   Worcestershire   speciality,   land   caddis,   occurs   at   Chaddesley   Woods.      A national    rarity,    this    is    the    only    one    of    almost    two    hundred    species    of caddis   fly   that   spends   its   entire   life-cycle   on   land.      It   burrows   in   leaf   litter and adults only live for a couple of weeks in autumn. Chaddesley   Woods   National   Nature   Reserve   is   open   to   walkers   and nature enthusiasts all year round. Location:     1.1/2     miles     north     of     Woodcote     Green,     Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. DY10 4NX Map reference: SO 915 736