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Wolves Wood is a small area of ancient woodland in the midst of Suffolk farmland, an area of Britain where there is little natural woodland remaining.
The wood is very damp and consists of Oak, Ash, Hornbeam and Birch with Aspen and and understorey of Bramble, Hazel and Hawthorn and there are many rides and footpaths. Part of the reserve is under a coppice cycle and there are many small ponds (mainly dry in summer) scattered through the wood. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
There is a good selection of breeding woodland birds including Woodcock, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Nightingale and various warblers, Nuthatch, tits and sometimes Hawfinch.
Birds you can see here include:
Common Kestrel, Common Moorhen, Eurasian Woodcock, Common Woodpigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Common Wren, Dunnock, Eurasian Robin, Common Nightingale, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wood Nuthatch, Common Treecreeper, Common Jay, Common Magpie, Eurasian Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Common Starling, Chaffinch, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Bullfinch, Hawfinch
Characteristic indicators of ancient woodland occur such as Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galeobdolon and Herb Paris Paris quadrifolia in addition to Spurge Laurel Daphne laureola, Orpine Sedum telephium and five species of orchid including Violet Helleborine Epipactis purpurata and Birdsnest Neottia nidus-avis.
More than 20 species of butterflies have been found here including Purple Quercusia quercus and White-letter Hairstreaks Strymonidia w-album and Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola.
Frogs, toads and newts breed in the woodland ponds.
Early May is possibly the best time to visit when the range of species is high.
History and Use
Areas of Interest
Access and Facilities
The reserve is located 5km east of Hadleigh in east Suffolk, on the A1071 Hadleigh to Ipswich road. There is a car-park and marked trail.
Grid Ref: TM054437
Tel: 01473 328006 (RSPB)
Content and images originally posted by Steve