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24 October 2023

East Wood

Grid Ref SO 55918 00290

 

We went into the forest where the limestone pavements are. Any clearings or rides within wooded areas of limestone pavement should be maintained and moss cover on shaded clint tops retained, as it provides valuable shelter for invertebrates such as snails, rove beetles and woodlice. Areas of scrub are valuable in their own right and should be retained, but it was necessary to remove the invasive bramble which will shade out pavement flora

 

These are some of the large Carboniferous Drybrook limestone chunks covered in moss.

Further along the track is the King Yew which is considered to be 400 to 500 years old and it is the oldest tree in the Forest of Dean.

The clearance is to encourage plants which require this open habitat. The southern area of East Wood is an ancient woodland site and this is shown in the diversity of plants present.