Wildlife Conservation Group in the

Forest of Dean








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The wild Honeysuckle or Woodbine is very similar to the cultivated variety. It is a robust climber, which can eventually reach a height of 6 metres. The creamy-white two-lipped flowers tend to change to yellowish and are often tinged with purple. They fill the air with an exquisite scent on warm days. They are pollinated at night by night-flying moths and in the daytime by long-tongued bumble-bees. The round berries become red as they ripen in the autumn.

Honeysuckle is reasonably common in woods, hedges, scrub, and shady places like rocks and cliffs on all soils throughout the British Isles.


18 March 2008

The track did not take us long to clear

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The track will be quite wide when cleared



Grid Ref SO588087


We returned to Milkwall and this time our task was to clear an old ride through the forest to generate a butterfly path. This involved clearing some old gorse and small damaged trees until we had made a clearing all the through the stretch of trees. There was some natural honeysuckle growing in some of the trees which is ideal for the butterflies.

As it is Easter week, we were delighted to be treated to some home made hot crossed buns by the local residents who do a stirling job monitoring the glow worms, lizards, adders, slow worms and grass snakes in this area. They will also be doing a check of the butterflies in the newly cleared area.




The track before clearing

Nearly finished

Nearly finished


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