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29 January 2019

Hadnock. near the Biblins Bridge along River Wye

Grid Ref SO537154


We enjoyed the 3 mile drive down the forest from Christchurch to the River Wye along the forest tracks and to park at Hadnock for the day. Some of the team went into the very old Hadnock quarry to remove some larger trees and open up the area. Others went up a steep slope alongside the fencing on the outer of Lady Park Wood to clear a glade for the Drab Looper moth and Wood White butterfly.

This is is Hadnock Quarry which was mined for grey dolomitised limestone which is a carbonate mineral containing calcium and magnesium.

There was evidence of spurge growing which could be the Tintern spurge (Euphorbia serratula) which occurs only in woods in the Dean and Wye Valley. It's habitat is woodland on limestone, but not the dense dark parts: instead, it is found in the open, and does best on disturbed ground.







This is the steep slope next to Lady Park Wood.

Lady park Wood is a privately owned 45-hectare (110-acre) nature reserve straddling the borders in England and Monmouthshire in Wales. The reserve was established in 1944, and has been surveyed on a regular basis since then. In 1945, the wood consisted of old stands that had been coppiced in 1870 and thinned in 1902 and the 1920s. All were then allowed to grow unmanaged. It is an oustanding example of near-natural old-growth structure in broadleaved woodland.





Finishing off at the end of the day.