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Bluebells & Brimstones at Poles Coppice

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 | Stephanie

Spring is a great time for a woodland walk.  This spring, with the practical work at Poles Coppice complete, more sunlight will be reaching the woodland floor, allowing spring flowers to flourish.  Through the Rescuing Rocks Project, the Stiperstones & Corndon Landscape Partnership Scheme have opened up woodland glades and rides to benefit woodland flowers, butterflies, bats and dormice.  Take a walk through Poles Coppice to see for yourself.  Bluebells, wood anemone and wood-sorrel are ones to look out for in April.  The bright yellow Brimstone is one of the first butterflies to emerge, but keep an eye out for the more camouflaged Commas and Speckled Woods.

Scrub has been removed from the former quarry areas to create new habitats within the woodland.  Working with the existing topography, depressions and damp hollows in the quarry floor have been transformed into ponds, wet flushes and areas of standing open water.  As these naturally recolonise with wetland and woodland plants, they will be ideal habitat for dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and other invertebrates rarely found in woodlands.  This spring, look out for Common Spotted Orchids, on the quarry floor.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have joined us on Tuesday Task Days and have helped with the improvement works at Poles Coppice.  For more information please contact the Landscape Partnership Scheme on 01938 561741 or email info@stiperstomesandcorndon.co.uk.

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